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Redskins Free Agency 2017: Tracking news, rumors and NFC East updates

Redskins Free Agency 2017: Tracking news, rumors and NFC East updates

NFL free agency is more of a rumor mill than a high school cafeteria, and it feels like each year, the Redskins are attached to more of those rumors and happenings than most other franchises.

Therefore, to keep you posted on all the news and buzz that'll inevitably pick up the moment you put your phone down, CSNmidatlantic.com has created this live blog that'll update constantly throughout one of the craziest periods in professional football.

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and scroll down to read the latest stories, analysis and gossip before the next big thing breaks and you're that sad, lonely person at your office or in your house who is a move behind everyone else.

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REDSKINS NEWS

SATURDAY

— Duke Ihenacho sent out some cryptic tweets on Saturday that make it seem like his time with the Redskins is coming to an end. (Read the full story here.)

WEDNESDAY

— Despite needing to rebuild their defensive line, the Redskins decided to release Ricky Jean-Francois after two seasons with the team. They also decided to re-sign Ziggy Hood within minutes of the Jean-Francois move. (Read the full story here.)

SATURDAY

— While the Redskins missed out on bringing back WR DeSean Jackson, they did make a (serious) late push. (Details here.

— The details for WR Terrelle Pryor's contract are out, and they are even more team-friendly than originally suspected. (Details here.

FRIDAY

— According to our own JP Finlay, the Redskins have signed former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. It is reportedly a one-year deal. (Details here.

— Kirk Cousins signed the Redskins' franchise tender Friday morning, his agent announced on Twitter. Cousins is now under contract for 2017 and therefore tradeable. (Details here.)  

THURSDAY

— As the other 31 teams in the league are helping their general managers find players in free agency, the Redskins are officially moving on from theirs. After two years on the job, Scot McCloughan is no longer a part of Washington's front office, with his firing happening Thursday evening. (Read the full story here.)

— The Redskins addressed another position of need on defense: Safety. The team signed former Cardinal D.J. Swearinger, a 25-year-old with a reputation as a hard hitter. Check out the details of the deal here

— Looks like McClain isn't the only defensive lineman signing from the first official day of free agency. In addition to the ex-Cowboy, Washington inked Stacy McGee to a five-year deal Thursday after McGee spent his first four seasons with the Raiders. (Read the full story here). 

— The Redskins reportedly made their first signing to bolster the defensive line, agreeing to bring on former Cowboy Terrell McClain. There are some question marks with the signing due to injury history, which JP Finlay details here

WEDNESDAY

— In an effort to keep two solid contributors from the 2016 roster, Washington tendered Chris Thompson and Will Compton on Wednesday. Those two players can negotiate with other teams, but the 'Skins can match offers if they receive any. (Read the full story here.)

— After a year in which his production spiked, the Redskins decided to bring back Vernon Davis, who signed a multi-year deal Wednesday. Read why his return is key right here.

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REDSKINS-RELATED RUMORS

MONDAY

— Bennie Logan will not be a Redskin in 2017. The lineman, who visited Ashburn on Friday, has opted to sign with the Chiefs instead:

SATURDAY

— After leaving Redskins Park without an offer on Friday, WR Cordarelle Patterson is visiting with the Raiders today. 

— No news is good news on the Bennie Logan front? He is apparently still weighing his options.

FRIDAY

— The Redskins are hosting Eagles DT Bennie Logan on Friday night, per Adam Schefter. 

— It was reported that former Vikings wide receiver was visiting the Redskins by Ian Rapoport, but that the Redskins chose to go with Pryor over Patterson

— A source inside Kirk Cousins' camp tells CSN's Chick Hernandez that the QB will not negotiate a long-term deal with the Redskins as long as Bruce Allen remains team president. More from the report here. 

— A new report says Kirk Cousins has told at least one person that he will be a San Francisco 49er, whether it's in 2017 or 2018. How he could reunite with former OC Kyle Shanahan, and what this report means for negotiations, explained here. 

THURSDAY

— No, it fortunately doesn't appear like the Redskins' offseason strategy is to strictly lose receivers while not adding any. Terrelle Pryor, who had a breakout season with the Browns in 2016, is reportedly taking a visit with the 'Skins. He would big a large splash for a team that hasn't made any yet. (Read the full story here.)

— Former Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen, one of the more reliable blocking TEs in the NFL, appears headed to the San Francisco 49ers.

— Chris Baker, everyone's favorite defensive linemen, is on his way out of Washington, D.C. and joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said that the Redskins didn't make him a single offer. (Read the full story here.)

— Kirk Cousins wants out of Washington badly enough to go to the very top of the organization asking for a trade, according to a report this morning from Chris Mortenson. This certainly represents an escalation from reports the day before.

— In the latter half of the 2016 Redskins season, the debate surrounding which receiver the Redskins should keep between DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon was a hot topic each week. Well, it appears that the answer to that will end up being "neither," as Jackson is set to become a Buccaneer (Read the full story here.)

WEDNESDAY

— Kirk Cousins probably deserves his own live blog. As of Wednesday evening at 6, one report said that Cousins "has made it clear" he doesn't want to be with the Redskins, and would much rather prefer joining Kyle Shanahan in San Fran. (Read the full story here.)

— Ditto the "he deserves his own live blog" comment for Scot McCloughan. According to some, the Redskins are already searching for his replacement, and he hasn't been a part of some recent vital decisions that were made at Redskins Park. (Read the full story here).

— Pierre Garçon's five-year tenure in D.C. is over. On Wednesday, the tough receiver cashed in with the 49ers, where he'll be working under one of his former offensive coordinators in Shanahan. (Read the full story here.)

—The Redskins needs defensive line help. To ensure that's clear, let's write that sentence again: The team needs defensive line help. Therefore, their interest in Dontari Poe makes a lot of sense. (Read the full story here.)

TUESDAY

—Top-notch organizations find lower-tier free agents who provide major returns on cheap contracts. So, while Andre Holmes and Terrell McClain aren't instantly recognizable names, they are younger players who would fill positions of need for the Redskins. The word on Tuesday is that both were being looked at by the organization. (Read the full story here.)

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NFC EAST AND MAJOR NFL NEWS

SATURDAY

— The Cowboys lost an offensive lineman, but the Giants added one in guard D.J. Fluker. 

— Speaking of the Cowboys, they are still looking for a suitor to trade for QB Tony Romo. However, it seems far more likely they will be forced to release him. 

— Cowboys RT Doug Free has announced his retirement. 

— Former Redskins utility man, Lorenzo Alexander, signed a two-year deal to stay in Buffalo. 

FRIDAY

— The rich got richer. The Patriots traded for star WR Brandin Cooks. They gave up a first round pick and a third round pick. 

— The Browns will release former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. RG3 had been in Cleveland for less than a year, but his time was plagued with injury. 

THURSDAY

— The Philadelphia Eagles are really bolstering their WR corps. First it was Torrey Smith, and now it apepars Alshon Jeffery is headed to the NFC East. 

— With Brock Osweiler reportedly headed to the Browns, it appears as if Robert Griffin III's time in Cleveland is all but over.

— Here's a stunner. The Browns are acquring QB brock Osweiler and a second-round pick in order to take Osweiler's albatross fo a contract of Houston's hands. It's unclear if the Browns view Osweiler as their future starting QB. The Browns have a ton of cap space and could be more interested in the pick.

— Former Maryland Terrapin and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is headed to Philadelphia to join the Eagles.

— Kenny Britt was one talented target that seemed like someone the Burgundy and Gold could be enticed by. However, a report on Thursday says the ex-Rams wideout is heading to Ohio, leaving the Redskins to search elsewhere for replacements for Jackson and Garçon:

WEDNESDAY

— Calais Campbell, who the Redskins were interested in acquiring via free agency, is reportedly signing with the Jaguars. Upset about that? Redskins Insider JP Finlay explains why the Redskins were right to pass on Campbell.

— On Wednesday morning, it was reported that the Redskins were looking at Marquise Goodwin as a possible deep threat addition to their offense. But later in the day, he ended up choosing the 49ers instead, much like Garçon.

— Tony Romo is leaving Dallas. The fragile QB is reportedly going to be released by the Cowboys. (Read the full story here.)

— Eli Manning now has two No. 1 wideouts at his disposal. On Wednesday morning, the Giants agreed to a deal with ex-Jet Brandon Marshall. (Read the full story here.)

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

For years, the Redskins struggle with their home field as the fall turns to winter. It's been happening so long it's become an expected passing of the seasons, like the transition from Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Christmas lights dotting people's front yards. 

Well, on Thanksgiving night, the turf at FedEx Field again showed how bad it can be. On a second half interception returned for a New York Giants touchdown, replay showed that Kirk Cousins' foot got stuck on the dirt, and it played a role in his sailing a ball to the sideline. The bad turf was not the only reason for the interception, but it was definitely a reason. 

Beyond the pick, the field was just ugly. Twitter blew up making fun of the Redskins home grass, and the national broadcast showed just how unsightly the long brown patch between the hash marks looked. 

On Friday, the normally diplomatic Cousins opened up about the grass.

"It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should," the quarterback said on 106.7 the Fan (full audio here). "If you think the field is rough now on Thanksgiving, we've got two more home games in mid-to-late December. That's probably going to be a bigger challenge."

Asked about the field's impact on the interception on Thursday night, Cousins ignored it. But plenty of other players have suggested the field is a known problem in the second half, and something they just must deal with. 

"I don't know why it is that way or what causes it," Cousins said. "I've kind of learned to accept it and understand it's part of the deal. Playing here on the field has never been that great in the second half of the season for whatever the reason."

[h/t @BenStandig for the Cousins quotes]

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

At halftime of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving night game against the Giants, Samaje Perine had three yards rushing and his team had three points. Washington had racked up all of 113 yards.

Coincidence? Not entirely. Although the Redskins are primarily a passing team they need to run the ball to pass effectively.

“We had to get the running game going,” said Jay Gruden after the game.

In the second half, Perine and the offense did get it going. Perine ran for 97 yards and Redskins put up 210 yards and 17 points. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a coincidence.

The Redskins didn’t make any halftime adjustments to get the ground game in gear.

“We just had to stay the course,” said Perine. “We knew they were going to come out fired up, they just came off a big win. We just had to stay the course and then things started going our way.”

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Perine was more steady than spectacular. His longest run was 16 yards. He came out of the locker room and ran for six and 10 yards on his first two carries. Later in the third quarter the Redskins were backed up at their own 10. Perine ran four straight plays for 39 yards and the Redskins were near midfield.

Although they didn’t score on that drive they did change field position. That was part of the Redskins’ strategy playing with an injury-depleted offense.

“If you had to punt in a game like this and play field position, it’s not the end of the world because our defense was playing so good,” said Gruden.

Not only did the running game flip the field, it flipped the time of possession. In the first half, the Giants had the ball for 17:40 compared to 12:20 for the Redskins.

“We had to get on the field and control some of the clock,” said tackle Morgan Moses. “We had to give our defense a rest. Samaje put his foot in the ground and got extra yards when needed and we were able to move the chains.”

Moses wasn’t the only one enjoying seeing Perine pile up some yards.

“As a defensive player, you want to see that,” said safety D.J. Swearinger. “We say, keep running it. Keep running him. Let him keep getting those carries, put a dent in the defense. It was a good sight to see.”

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Swearinger got to watch a lot of Perine. The Redskins piled up 22:17 in possession in the second half, while Swearinger and his defensive mates had to defend for just 7:43.

Last night was the second time in four days that Perine has rushed for 100 yards or more; he had 117 in New Orleans on Sunday. No Redskin has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games since Alfred Morris did it in November of 2013.

He will have a chance to extend that streak to three on Thursday against the Cowboys, who are ranked 17th in rushing defense. That would put him in some elite company in Redskins history, including Larry Brown (twice) and Stephen Davis.  A steak of three straight 100-yard games was last done by Morris in 2012.

It may be a little early to look forward, but the Redskins record is five straight 100-yard games, held by Clinton Portis (twice) and Ladell Betts.  

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