Something I left out of Thursdays training camp notes:The Redskins had just three players fielding punts during the special teams portion of yesterdays practice. Actually, four players were gathered near where the JUGS machine was sending punts. Incumbent Brandon Banks, second-year receiver Aldrick Robinson and rookie free agent receiver Brian Hernandez actually fielded punts while veteran Santana Moss watched.The punts were fielded flawlessly with the exception of one muffed Hernandez, the player who can least afford a gaffe. He dropped and did some pushups after the miscue but that wont erase the fumble from the eye in the sky.This is something that Ill be sure to monitor from day to day. Banks has been told that the team will not keep him as just a return specialist, that he must be able to contribute at wide receiver to stay on the roster. Since that is problematic, the competition at the position is very real. We will see how it turns out.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.