Mike Shanahan looked at his team after 10 OTAs and two minicamp practices and said enough.Word that the third minicamp practice scheduled for Thursday might get called off filtered around Redskins Park on Tuesday. With the team having posted near-perfect attendance during the OTAs and with about a dozen players being spectators for all or part of Wednesdays practice, Shanahan decided to pull the trigger on that plan.Tomorrow, what were going to do is when the players get in, theyll get in around 7:30-8 a.m., well work out until about 9 a.m. and well run and well lift, Shanahan said after Wednesdays practice. Then, well have a couple hours of film, but were not going to practice tomorrow afternoon.Were a little banged up. Weve done a heck of a job throughout the offseason, all these OTAs. Tomorrow will be more of a workout, running and lifting, more of a meeting, but we wont go through what we did today.The players were not available for comment by the time Shanahan made this announcement but the decision undoubtedly got unanimous approval from the team.Well, make that a near-unanimous thumbs up. Robert Griffin III was not sharp at all during the two-hour Wednesday practice and he probably doesnt want to go into the six-week break between today and training camp with that performance to stew on.The next football activity at Redskins Park will come when Griffin and the other rookies report there in July 16. Its not really an early start to training camp, which will start on about July 26.Its just more a review of film, just going over the installation schedule, getting in a good lift, a good run, maybe a couple hours, not to overdo it, but to get some added time in meetings, a chance to ask any questions over the next month or five weeks, said Shanahan.Sometime between now and then, Griffin plans to get together with his receivers for at least a few days to get in some work.At least, thats what Shanahan has heard. I just read about it in the newspaper to be honest with you. Weve been going pretty hard here over the past five weeks, and these guys are going to work out over the next five weeks, he said. A lot of these quarterbacks and receivers will get together on their own, but you know the key is if they dont have the ability to get together, theyre working out and keeping on top of their business.
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 18, 39 days before the NFL draft.
Looking at next year’s free agents
There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens.
Note: I’m not including Brandon Scherff here because the team has a fifth-year option on him that they surely will activate before the May 2 deadline.
QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?
OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard).
OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility.
WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon.
ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup.
Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight.
It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019.
Tandler on Twitter
Regarding the reported visit of defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins with the Redskins:
I’m normally not in favor of "don’t let them leave until they sign" negotiations. But Hankins may be worth it. He just turned 25 on 1/1, very solid player at a position of need.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 17, 2018
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In case you missed it
- Two former NFC East foes to visit Redskins soon
- News and notes from the first week of NFL Free Agency
- The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy
The Redskins will be taking visits from two former NFC East foes in the next few days.
Former Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will visit Redskins Park on Monday. Scandrick, 31, has been with Dallas since them made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. He has eight career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.
The Cowboys released Scandrick on Friday in a salary cap move. The Redskins would be attracted to Scandrick’s versatility. He can play either side at corner and, of particular interest to the Redskins, in the slot. That is a position of concern for Washington since they traded Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs as part of the deal for quarterback Alex Smith.
The Redskins have been trying to get former Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to sign for the past several days, but they can’t come together on money. Scandrick could be a fallback if they need one.
The other visitor will be former Giants defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins, per John Keim of ESPN. Hankins, 25, was a second-round draft pick and played his first four years in New York. Last year he moved on to the Colts as a free agent. They are changing their defense and decided to release Hankins after paying him $10 million last year.
Hankins could bolster a defensive line that still needs young talent. It’s not known if he would be considered a nose tackle in the Redskins’ scheme. The Giants ran a 4-3 defense and in the Colts’ 3-4 he was used as an end.
The Redskins had former Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in for a visit earlier this week, but he decided to sign with the Packers.
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