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Redskins announce signing of 14 college free agents

Redskins announce signing of 14 college free agents

One day after the NFL transaction report revealed 13 of the Redskins’ undrafted free agents, Washington added one more on Friday and confirmed all 14 signings.

The Redskins’ roster now stands at 88. Two spots remain open.

Here is this year’s class of UDFA’s (so far):

T Kevin Bowen; 6 foot 9/330-pounds; East Central (Okla.)

  • Note: The tallest player on the Redskins’ roster by an inch and third heaviest.

S Tevin Carter; 6-1/218; Utah

  • Note: Four interceptions, including one returned for touchdown, the last two seasons.

TE Michael Cooper; 6-5/257; Indiana

  • Note: Caught 17 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns last season.

LB Shiro Davis; 6-3/256; Texas

  • Note: Recorded a combined 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks the last two seasons.

WR Reggie Diggs; 6-4/200; Richmond

  • Note: Totaled a combined 151 receptions, 2,058 yards and 12 touchdowns the last two seasons.

LB Ejiro Ederaine; 6-3/234; Fresno State

  • Note: Recorded 45 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in four years.

T Joe Gore; 6-6/300; Clemson

  • Note: Named third team All ACC last season.

WR Maurice Harris; 6-3/195; California

  • Note: Racked up 553 yards receiving and six touchdowns as a senior.

G Dominick Jackson; 6-6/ 315; Alabama

  • Note: Named second team All-SEC as the Tide’s starting right tackle.

RB Robert Kelley; 6-0/220; Tulane

  • Note: Rushed for 232 yards on 65 attempts last season. Also a pass catching threat.

FB Joe Kerridge; 6-0; 249; Michigan

  • Note: Rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries and hauled in five catches for 33 yards last season.

DE Anthony Lanier; 6-6/265; Alabama A&M

  • Note: Recorded 29 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in eight games last season.

S Geno Matias-Smith; 6-0/196; Alabama

  • Note: Made 15 starts and ranked third on the team in tackles with 72. Also had an interception.

WR Valdez Showers; 6-0/193; Florida

  • Note: Coverted defensive back and special teams standout.

The Redskins will host rookie minicamp May 13-15 in Ashburn, Va. These 14 players (and perhaps a couple more) will join the team’s seven draft picks and a handful of tryout players for on-and off-field instruction.

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.