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While focus remains on Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III still has no job

While focus remains on Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III still has no job

While some may claim it's only about football, Colin Kaepernick remains without an NFL job at least in part due to his political activism. For Robert Griffin III, his lack of employment doesn't come with the same notoriety. 

While Kirk Cousins weighs his options to sign a very lucrative multi-year contract or play in 2017 for $24 million, the quarterback the Redskins selected second overall in 2012 doesn't even have an invite to an NFL training camp. 

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The facts aren't great for Griffin. He didn't play very well in Cleveland last season, and injuries cost him the bulk of the schedule. Injuries, and infighting with coaches, cost him his career with the Redskins. Still, RG3 was great for a period of time, and it's hard to believe some team would not want to give him a shot. 

Matt McGloin is on an NFL roster. David Fales in on an NFL roster. The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year isn't at least as deserving as those guys?

In Cleveland last season, Griffin's numbers were ugly. He completed less than 60 percent of his passes in five starts, throwing two TDs and three INTs. He didn't look explosive, and hasn't for a few years. 

It's highly unlikely RG3 will ever get back to the level of football he played as a rookie in 2012. There is zero evidence to support that. Yet, Griffin should probably go to training camp, somewhere. Not as a starter, but if nothing else, his arm strength warrants consideration as a backup or third QB for camp. 

The reality for Griffin might be that NFL coaches would rather not deal with the attention he brings. It's entirely different than Kaepernick, but the social media posts from RG3 do bother people.

RG3 means well, but even at his Redskins peak, self-awareness was not his greatest strength. He did sit quietly behind Kirk Cousins in 2015, a model teammate, but perhaps the scope of Griffin's celebrity, still, is enough to scare off the rest of the NFL. 


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

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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Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility

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Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility

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.


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.


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