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Need to Know: Five options for the Redskins at inside linebacker

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Need to Know: Five options for the Redskins at inside linebacker

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 13, 25 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

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All of the talk has been about the lack of a safety acquisition in free agency, and there hasn’t been much about another major need. Here are five options the Redskins have at inside linebacker.

Chris Borland (Wisconsin)—Of the inside linebackers in the draft he might be the only one who will both be available when the Redskins pick at No. 34 overall and who could be ready to start in Week 1.

Keenan Robinson—He was starting to get a regular role when he suffered his first torn pectoral muscle on Thanksgiving in 2012. The second one occurred early in training camp last year. Would three offseason programs, two training camps and a few games as a role player be enough preparation to start?

Adam Hayward—You don’t want him staring 16 games and playing 70 snaps per game. But perhaps he could hold down the fort at the start of the season as a bridge until someone like Borland or Robinson is ready.

Brandon Spikes (Patriots free agent)—Spikes is an excellent run defender. Against the pass, well, he’s an excellent run defender. Jim Haslett would have to deviate from his normal practice of having his ILBs play virtually every snap and substitute situationally.

Nick Barnett (free agent)—The Redskins signed him in training camp last year after Robinson was injured. He’ll be 33 before training camp starts and he has knee issues. But he knows the defense and perhaps could work in a role similar to the one described for Hayward above.

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Timeline

—It’s been 74 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 178 days until they play another one.

—Days until: Offseason workouts start 25; NFL Draft 57; Training camp starts 133

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Zach Brown's Twitter frustration not aimed at Redskins, per source

Redskins fans desperately want Zach Brown back on the roster for the 2018 season, and a Wednesday morning tweet made many Washington fans freak out when the linebacker posted, "I guess the respect level is still low..."

Don't freak out Redskin fans.

The tweet has nothing to do with contract negotiations between Brown and the Redskins, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Instead, this is about a recent addition to the Pro Bowl. 

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Tuesday night, the NFL announced Falcons linebacker Deion Jones would replace injured Panthers LB Luke Kuechly in the Pro Bowl. 

Brown made the Pro Bowl in 2016 playing with the Bills, and during Pro Bowl voting earlier this season his Twitter feed had many messages supporting a second straight trip. 

Jones had a strong season for a good Falcons defense, but he finished with just 11 more tackles than Brown despite playing in three more games.

In fact, Brown was the leading tackler in the NFL before missing the final three games of the season with a litany of injuries. Remarkably, Brown kept the NFL tackle lead after he missed Week 15, though the rest of the leauge caught up to him by Week 16. Playing in only 13 games, Brown still finished ninth in the NFL in tackles, and also added 2.5 sacks. 

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Josh Norman wears a kilt during Scotland trip and it's hilarious (VIDEO)

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Josh Norman wears a kilt during Scotland trip and it's hilarious (VIDEO)

Josh Norman traveled to Scotland as part of an NFL promotional trip, and in turn, Josh Norman wore a kilt. 

It's awesome. 

Norman, along with Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders, decided to give the traditional Scottish formal attire a try, and the results were spectacular.

Norman even broke out in a tradional Scottish jig, sending the folks in the Glasgow audience into a frenzy.

Norman likes to have fun, and though the 2017 season didn't provide him many opportunities to do so, he's taking advantage while overseas. After Glasgow, Norman and the NFL crew went to Manchester, England, where he caught up with old friend and Manchester United star Paul Pogba for a jersey exchange.

Remember, Pogba hung out with the Redskins when the team played in London in 2016, and joined the Redskins Extra crew after the game. 

Plenty more cool pictures and videos from Norman's trip available via @NFLUK.

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