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Redskins GM McCloughan on Morris: 'I wish it was outside the division'


Redskins GM McCloughan on Morris: 'I wish it was outside the division'

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Shortly after Alfred Morris signed with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Scot McCloughan wished him well. But the Redskins’ general manager also indicated that he was completely comfortable moving on from a popular player who had served as his team's primary running back since 2012. 

“You know what?” McCloughan said at the NFL owners meetings, “good for him. He’s got a home. I wish it was outside the division, but that’s okay.”


Morris, whose production declined steadily the past three seasons, inked a two-year deal with Washington’s biggest rival earlier on Tuesday. The 27-year-old took his visit since becoming a free agent to Dallas on Monday.

“We made a decision in-house, and it is what it is,” McCloughan added. “He’s a good football player. He’s a very good person. He’s had a good career. But, you know, the way the NFL works is you’re always trying to get better. You’re always trying to bring in younger [players]. And that’s part of the process. I hope he does a nice job—except against us twice a year.”

Asked if he found it difficult to walk away from a player who was well liked at Redskins Park, McCloughan said he simply made a football decision.

“It’s not about the individual, it’s about the 53," McCloughan said. "It’s my job to make sure that I’m doing whatever’s best—in my opinion—for the organization. We have a great personnel staff. We have a great coaching staff. The front office is phenomenal. We have to just keep striving to make sure that we identify what we want and what we need and understand the value of the player and go forward.”

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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.