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Doug Williams says Redskins said the decision to get Alex Smith was unanimous

Doug Williams says Redskins said the decision to get Alex Smith was unanimous

The process of getting Alex Smith to the Redskins started a week after the end of the regular season.

The personnel staff and the coaches got together with the task of finding a new quarterback for the Washington Redskins. It had become apparent that Kirk Cousins would not be back and they need to get to work.

Doug Williams said that at the first meetings of the “brain trust”, the coaches and the personnel department met separately, each group coming up with a quarterback solution. When they got together as a group, the found that they had come up with the same solution—Smith, the Chiefs quarterback who was available in a trade because the team was moving on to a younger QB in Patrick Mahomes.


The Redskins were not the only interested team. Although trading for Smith did not require the player’s permission, the Redskins wanted some long-term stability at quarterback so they wanted to negotiate contract extension. In the end they got four years added on to the final season of his Chiefs contract.

“Alex chose us,” said Williams.

Smith talked a little of his involvement in the process.

“I think that everybody involved had to be on board with it,” he said. “I obviously was fortunate enough and happy enough that everybody was, because this is where I wanted to be and it did work out.”

News of the deal was reported shortly after it was finished up in late January during the week before the Super Bowl. But the trade could not become official until Wednesday, when the new league year started.

“I feel like I’ve been waiting on this a long time,” said Smith. “I think everybody knew but funny rules, you can’t talk about certain things and timing and deadlines and things like that so I’m glad it’s finally here. I’m excited about it, excited that this day’s here.”

While Smith was glad that he could acknowledge the worst-kept secret of the year, the date he is really looking forward to is April 16. That is when the offseason workout program starts and he will be able to spend some time with his new teammates.


Smith will be starting his 14th year in the NFL. But he has plenty of unfinished business that keeps him motivated.

“I’ve never won a championship,” he said. “Never won a Super Bowl, that’s what we’re all chasing, the ultimate. This is the ultimate team sport, the most competitive sport in the world, the greatest sport in the world and we’re chasing that ultimate dream.”

The Redskins have not won a championship in a long time. While it certainly seems like a long shot right now, it’s the offseason, everyone is 0-0 and, as both Williams and Smith said, it’s time to look forward and not in the rearview mirror.

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Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source


Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source

The Washington Redskins and Zach Brown have come to terms on a contract for the upcoming season, a source tells NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay.

The linebacker will return to the Redskins after the team picked him up in free agency last off-season. The news is big for the Redskins, as Brown was the team's leading tackler in 2017.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal is for three years:

With Washington he started in 13 games making 127 tackles (84 solo) and 2.5 sacks in 2017. As a six-year veteran he will keep consistency in the middle of the field of the defense, a spot the Redskins have been missing for the past decade. 

Brown made the Pro Bowl in 2016 with Buffalo.

That year he had a career-high in tackles (149, 97 solo), with four sacks, and an interception. 

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Redskins officially announce their five-year deal with WR Paul Richardson

Redskins officially announce their five-year deal with WR Paul Richardson

As the Vikings zeroed in on Kirk Cousins, the Chiefs and Bears added receivers and the Eagles continued to strengthen their already quality roster, Redskins fans began to get anxious. 

Hey, uhh, they know free agency is underway, right? seemed to be the vibe amongst Burgundy and Gold supporters as the team stayed largely quiet in the early stages of the tampering period.

However, on Tuesday, the Redskins made their big move, reportedly signing Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson to a multi-year deal, according to multiple reports,

On Thursday afternoon, the team made it official, inking Richardson to a five-year contract worth $40 million, $20 million of which will be guaranteed.


Richardson, 25, is coming off the best season of his young career — a season that, to be honest, won't totally wow you numbers-wise. With Russell Wilson at QB, the Colorado product hauled in 44 catches for 703 yards and six scores for Seattle. 

Jay Gruden, Alex Smith and Co. will be banking on Richardson seizing the larger role that the Redskins are sure to give him, though, and he certainly has the tools to do so.

Richardson brings with him 4.4 second 40-yard dash speed, speed that Washington's offense sorely missed in 2017, and he's made some downright insane catches at the pro level (try the first one in this clip on for size, especially if you like falling one-handers).

Now, Richardson does carry injury concerns as well as those questions about production. He tore his ACL in the 2014 playoffs and ended 2015 on the injured reserve, too, after hurting his hamstring on his only catch of the campaign.

But as long as he can stay healthy — something he was able to do the last two years — there's a good chance of him giving the Redskins their money's worth on the contract. Gruden's terrific at getting guys open, Smith is a QB who's capable of getting those open guys the ball, and Richardson has the talent to do things once that ball is in his hands.