If youve watched much television or been on any sports-related websites this offseason, theres a very good chance youve seen Robert Griffin III on the screen.From award shows in Los Angles to big-budget commercials for adidas and Gatorade, the Redskins rookie has, at times, seemed to be everywhere.Griffin, though, made one thing clear the eve of his first NFL training camp Wednesday: hes done filming commercials for now and wont be making any appearances on the red carpet until next offseason.He also said he plans to put down the smartphone and stop using Twitter to update his nearly 270,000 followers.Its all about the Redskins playbook now.Its all business, Griffin said told reporters during a wide-ranging 26-minute news conference at Redskins Park. Were getting down to the season time. Im not going any award shows or doing any commercials during the season.He wasn't quite done with being a pitch man, however. During the news conference, which was televised locally and nationally, he wore a burgundy and gold T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "No pressure, no diamonds" and the adidas logo.Although Griffin wont toss his first pass in an NFL contest until he suits up for the preseason opener August 8th in Buffalo, the quarterback said he never had any hesitation about doing the types of commercials that are often reserved for more accomplished pros.Youre only unproven if you think youre unproven, he said. Im not proven, but I dont think Im unproven, either. The only thing I made sure I stayed with was companies I truly believe in and not just doing things to get money. It was great experience doing all those things. Everybody wants to be in the Gatorade commercial, get the Gatorade dripping from your face.Asked if he sought the counsel of any veteran teammates before agreeing to do the high-profile ads, Griffin said followed the advice from those in his inner circle.I talked to my guys about that type of stuff, he said. We wanted to make sure I wasnt doing too much before I even played. But the situations that arose seemed fine. If it wasnt good, I definitely would have felt it in the locker room. But when all the guys showed up, most of them were even laughing about them or saying they were really cool. It rubbed the team the right way.The team doesnt look at me as a celebrity, he added. Yeah Im their quarterback and Im the guy thats going to lead them to victory, but theres no celebrity.Then he cracked: Theres no autographs in the locker room, for the most part. Im not RG3 to them, Im just Robert.Like the commercials and other endorsements, Griffin added that Twitter will have to wait, too.Its not that he has tweeted that much. In fact, hes only sent out 377 of the 140 character messages, and many of them have been responses to his growing legion of fans.As far as getting rid of it, probably not, he said. But as far as tweeting goes, probably not too much tweeting. We dont plan on losing any games, but you cant tweet when you win and not tweet when you lose.So, he added, you might as well not tweet altogether.Some observers have wondered recently if Griffin was putting himself at risk of becoming over exposed. Perhaps. But the good news for Redskins fans is that no one needed to tell him that playtime over and it was time to get to work.He figured that one out on his own.Its going to be really good to just bear down and focus on football," he said.
The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation.
Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal.
Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line.
Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco.
Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front.
On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise.
McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.
Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th.
It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula.
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One head-scratcher from over the weekend was the Redskins’ apparent decision to hold on to defensive end Terrell McClain despite the fact that his 2018 base salary of $3.25 million would become fully guaranteed as of 4 p.m. on Sunday.
McClain missed four games with a toe injury last year and when he was playing he was not one of the top performers on the line. Perhaps he will improve in his second year in the defense but his performance certainly didn’t warrant a fully guaranteed salary.
Sunday came and went, and McClain was still on the roster. However, there was a change regarding the eight-year veteran. According to John Keim of ESPN, the Redskins and the player agreed to remove the full guarantee of the 2018 salary and change it to an injury-only guarantee.
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The change will help alleviate what could be a numbers crunch down the road. The Redskins normally carry six defensive linemen. They have four keepers in Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. They have been trying to sign a free agent D-lineman like Johnathan Hankins and if they fail to do that they are likely to take one early in the draft. That would mean that five of the roster spots are spoken for.
If McClain had the guaranteed salary that might lock him into that sixth spot, leaving Ziggy Hood, a favorite of the coaching staff, on the outside looking in. The removal of the full salary guarantee levels the playing field between McClain, Hood and another possible free agent or draft pick when it comes to competing for that last roster spot.
If McClain loses out in the battle for a roster spot in training camp releasing him would save about $3.4 million in 2018 cap space. However, there would be a dead cap charge of $2.5 million in 2019. If his salary had remained fully guaranteed his departure would have caused a net cap charge of about $2 million.