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Redskins' Paul says doctor told him his ankle injury was 'worst he's ever seen'


Redskins' Paul says doctor told him his ankle injury was 'worst he's ever seen'

Redskins tight end Niles Paul says the doctor who surgically repaired his gruesome ankle injury is surprised by how well it's healing. 

“Saw Dr. Anderson today,” Paul wrote on Twitter late Thursday, referring to Dr. Robert Anderson, the noted Charlotte-based foot and ankle surgeon. “He said my ankle injury was the worst he’s ever seen. Was surprised by my progress. Maybe I’m not human.”

Paul added another tweet a few hours later, aiming to clarify his status.

“Some misunderstood that tweet,” Paul wrote. “Doc was surprise[d] when I told him I was running, cutting, jumping & even hoopin again.”

Paul also wrote that the follow-up visit with Anderson was scheduled to be his last.

Last August, just days after being named the team’s starting tight end, Paul suffered a dislocated and fractured left ankle in a preseason game, ending his season before it began.

Coach Jay Gruden recently said that Paul is recovering nicely but might be held out until training camp in late July—just to be safe.

“It’s just a matter of him getting his strength back in his leg and obviously getting his weight back up to where it was,” Gruden said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was close to 255-260 pounds before he got hurt and he was strong as an ox, and we’ve just got to make sure he gets back to that strength level and see where he is.”

Gruden added: “It was a big loss for us when we lost him, not just for the tight end spot, but for special teams and Niles is so versatile. He can play the fullback. He can play move tight end, split outside. He can do a little bit of everything. So I would think [returning in] training camp would be the right spot for him.”

The Redskins’ current depth chart at tight end includes six players: Jordan Reed, recently-signed Vernon Davis, Paul, Derek Carrier, Logan Paulsen and Marcel Jensen. Carrier is could be sidelined into the season due to a significant knee injury, while Paulsen has been medically cleared to return after missing 2015 with a toe injury.

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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