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'Give me a new jersey and a new helmet': Darrell Green is embracing Washington's next step

'Give me a new jersey and a new helmet': Darrell Green is embracing Washington's next step

With Washington announcing on Monday its plans to fully retire the Redskins name and logo soon, Darrell Green's place as the record-holder for most games played under that name is officially cemented. 

Now, thanks to that decorated tenure with the franchise, few people on the planet have an opinion on the drama surrounding the name that carries more weight than Green. 

And during an appearance on ESPN's "NFL Live" show, the Hall of Famer had a chance to present that opinion.

In the latter portion of his chat with Dan Graziano, the cornerback gave some insight into how he'll handle Washington's dramatic switch. His answer was supremely intriguing.

"I've got jerseys and helmets," Green said. "Hey, I'm ready to throw them away. Give me another helmet. Give me the new helmet because, when I ran down the field in Chicago and I chased down [Tony] Dorsett or whatever the case may be, those things were for the team that was in Washington, so it didn't really matter. It still happened."

Wow.

Wait.

Yep. Wow.

Graziano clearly had a similar reaction, because he quickly followed up with Green about those remarks. The 60-year-old didn't hesitate with his response.

"To give me a new jersey and a new helmet, that's fine," he said. "I'm good with that. I'm not into the argument thing."

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"You're giving me another one aren't you?" he also added in the one-on-one. "Give me another one that represents this team, because that one is offensive."

Green was reluctant to direct any blame toward Dan Snyder's handling of the issue — something others haven't hesitated to do — and instead focused his remarks on just embracing the future. 

That future, at least to him, includes a Washington organization with a new name and, hopefully, a slightly more inclusive league and country as well. If those outcomes result from this situation, he'll be content.

"This is a part of the continuation of the transformation of the nation," Green said. "That's the part I'm excited about for my children's children."

A good portion of fans have expressed that they will remain avid supporters of the team through this transition, even if that may be strange at first.

To hear that same thought process come from one of Washington's most iconic players, though, feels especially significant.

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Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed's first 329 receptions in the NFL came with Washington. Number 330, though, is likely going to happen out west.

Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the tight end is signing a one-year contract with the 49ers that is "incentive-laden." In that report, Schefter noted that Reed is currently healthy.

The 30-year-old didn't play at all for Washington in 2019 after suffering his latest concussion in a preseason collision. All kinds of injuries have plagued Reed as a pro, but it's the head trauma that is most worrisome. He has remained committed to staying in the league, however, and is slated to now do so with one of the sport's top contenders.

Reed will reunite with Kyle Shanahan, his old offensive coordinator, and Trent Williams, a longtime ex-teammate, with the Niners. The thought of him pairing up with George Kittle is frightening, as long as Reed can get right and return to somewhere that's even close to his usual form.

Reed was having a stellar training camp last summer before suffering that concussion in Atlanta. It's going to be nerve-racking watching him take hits again for San Fran — it has been nerve-racking for years now, in fact — but he believes he still has more to offer and the NFC West franchise clearly does as well.

Washington is scheduled to visit the 49ers this December. 

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Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

The linebacker position is one of the more crowded spots on the Washington Football Team. That crowd decreased by one on Monday, though.

Josh Harvey-Clemons has opted out of the 2020 season, the team announced. The 26-year-old was set to enter his fourth year with the franchise and figured to compete for a depth spot for Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio.

He is the second player on the Burgundy and Gold to make that choice this offseason. Lineman Caleb Brantley opted out last week, too.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2017, Harvey-Clemons has appeared in 35 regular season contests for Washington. He's mostly been a special teamer and reserve option since coming out of Louisville and wasn't a lock by any means to make the 2020 roster. 

The Harvey-Clemons news wasn't the only personnel move that came down on Monday.

The organization also waived three guys — defensive end Cameron Malveaux, defensive back Maurice Smith and tight end Caleb Wilson — and released running back Josh Ferguson. 

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