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'Skins stopped Norman from leaving for other visits multiple times

'Skins stopped Norman from leaving for other visits multiple times

Josh Norman wanted to leave the Redskins' facilities multiple times during his visit with the team on April 22. The only problem is, Washington's decision-makers literally wouldn't let him. 

That nugget of information comes from a MMQB piece about the Burgundy and Gold's newest star that focuses on Norman's upbringing, the shock he felt when the Panthers took away his franchise tag and how he's already settling in well in his unfamiliar home. But arguably the most intriguing part of the article is the description of just how hard the Redskins went in their chase to sign the 28-year-old. 

According to reports that day, the Saints were a franchise that was making a late push to meet with the defender. It got to the point where New Orleans head coach Sean Payton resorted to calling Norman over and over while he was making the rounds in Ashburn.

Scot McCloughan, however, apparently wasn't too pleased with Payton's methods. 

"At one point,” he said, “I was ready to call Sean and say, 'Quit calling, he’s in my building!'"

The general manager wasn't the only one who was all-in on convincing Norman to stay, though. Jay Gruden's wife, Sherry, was at home recovering from surgery and needed her husband to bring her some food. But Gruden didn't acquiesce to her request until after it was clear the Redskins had landed the All-Pro.

"Luckily, Sherry is a very understanding woman," said defensive coordinator Joe Barry, who obtained a fresh secondary piece to experiment with that he probably never imagined having.

That type of commitment — along with the fact that Norman tried to leave on "at least two occassions," only to be denied — was undoubtedly key in completing one of the offseason's most notable moves. And when all was said and done, the player who's hungry for success again embraced one of his new bosses — for a fairly long time.

"He hugged me really hard,” McCloughan said. “He hugged me for like 10 seconds. He didn’t let go." 


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.