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Kendall Fuller won a Super Bowl in Kansas City, now ready to be a leader on Redskins

Kendall Fuller won a Super Bowl in Kansas City, now ready to be a leader on Redskins

Thus far in free agency, arguably the biggest acquisition the Redskins have made was reuniting with versatile cornerback Kendall Fuller, signing the veteran to a four-year, $40 million deal.

Fuller, a third-round draft choice of Washington in 2016, spent the first two seasons of his career with the Redskins before the team famously shipped him off to Kansas City in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith. Two years later, it has come full circle for the cornerback.

While the past two seasons in Redskins Park have felt like decades, Fuller enjoyed plenty of success in Kansas City. Playing both in the slot and on the outside, Fuller was a solid contributor on the Chiefs teams that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy this past February and came just a few plays away from the Super Bowl the year before.

With big-game experience and playing alongside All-Pro's such as Tyrann Mathieu and Chris Jones, Fuller returns to the Redskins with a ton of valuable experience.

"I think I've grown a lot," Fuller said on Redskins Nation. "Even just from a standpoint mentally. Getting more reps, getting more experience, getting to play in big games in the playoffs and the Super Bowl." 

Despite leaving the Chiefs, the cornerback remained extremely positive when discussing his two seasons in Kansas City.

"It's definitely been fun," Fuller said. "The experiences I had out there, the players, the coaches I've been around, just how much my game has grown. Things like that. Those experiences were definitely second to none, and I was definitely grateful and excited for those."

By coming back to Washington, Fuller returns to a situation he's already familiar with, and many people in the building are familiar with him. Sure, there is a new coaching staff in charge, but multiple members of the front office were in Washington when the organization drafted Fuller four years ago.

That familiarity is something that the cornerback is certainly excited about when returning to the nation's capital.

"I feel good. I'm excited," Fuller said on returning to D.C. "I think one thing I'm excited about most is going back somewhere that's familiar with you. I think the coaches will become more familiar with me, but having guys in the front office familiar with you, what I [do] best and my style of play. I love my versatility and the things I can do on the field. It's going to be fun."

Fuller's signing with the Redskins is the second major defensive acquisition the team has made in as many years. Washington inked safety Landon Collins so lucrative six-year deal last March. 

Since arriving in Washington, Collins has emerged as one of the leaders of the team. Now entering his fifth year, Fuller has the opportunity to do the exact same.

"I'm going into my fifth year in the league, but I'm only 25," Fuller said. "So it feels like I'm a vet, but also still young. I'm definitely looking forward to helping the young guys and at the same time, learning things from guys like Landon [Collins]. Even some of the young guys, you learn things from them."

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Report: Officials say RFK site not an option for Redskins unless team changes name

Report: Officials say RFK site not an option for Redskins unless team changes name

As the Redskins search for a new football home in the future, the RFK Stadium site is one that is at the top of the list. However, unless the team is willing to change its name, the area becoming their new field is a non-starter, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday

Speaking with several government officials, a similar message was shared throughout. The federally owned land will not be given to the franchise if the name remains what it is today.

“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” D.C.'s nonvoting delegate to the House of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said. “He has got a problem he can’t get around -- and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name," D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio said.

Washington's name has been a topic of debate for years but has recently received major pushback over the past month as the nation yearns for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd.

It was also reported on Wednesday that investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion have asked Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the Washington Redskins unless the team agrees to change its name.

The Redskins have expressed interest in playing on the grounds of RFK after a bill was introduced in 2019 calling for the federal government to sell the area to the city. However, the bill won't pass through Congress unless the land is used for the team under a different name. U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, referred to the current name as a "racist nickname."

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Redskins owner Dan Snyder has stated in the past that he is not open to a name change, as he considers it to be an act of honor toward Native Americans. 

Washington currently plays its games at FedEx Fied in Landover, Md. Both sides would like to see the team return to the District, but for as long as they are called the Redskins, it won't happen.

“The time has ended,” Grijalva said. “There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t. It’s up to the owner of the team to do that.”

“The city obviously would like the team back,” Norton said. “But it’s important that [Falcicchio] used the word ‘federally’ -- meaning that they now recognize that there is no hope unless this name is changed.”

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Jeff Bostic shares hilarious story of Joe Bugel blaming him for a missed block that wasn't his doing

Jeff Bostic shares hilarious story of Joe Bugel blaming him for a missed block that wasn't his doing

Former Redskins coach Joe Bugel, who died on Sunday at the age of 80, impacted numerous players throughout his time in the NFL. Specifically, from 1981-89 he helped members of  "The Hogs" offensive line in Washington become one of the greatest units ever assembled.

However, for as much as Bugel loved his players and his players loved him back, the two sides were prone to some arguments. Bugel's fiery passion for the game led to some outbursts that no one was immune to. From Joe Gibbs to Russ Grimm, plenty got an earful.

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That includes former Redskins offensive lineman Jeff Bostic, who was alongside Bugel during his nine seasons in Washington. On the latest Redskins Inside Look, Bostic joined former Redskins teammate and legendary running back John Riggins to share one of his most memorable stories of Bugel.

It all started when Mark May, another member of the offensive line, didn't want to hear Bugel yell at him.

“You know the biggest whiner in Redskins history is Mark May. He had missed the block and Buges was on the staff," Bostic said. "Well, May is over there telling him I missed the block."

So, with that information to go off of, Bugel prepared to shame Bostic for the failed play. As Bostic jogged to the sideline following a field goal attempt, he couldn't understand why his name was being called.

“I’m coming off the field and I hear Buges yelling ‘He kicked your a--.’ And I’m like ‘who is he talking to?’" Bostic said. "And then he said it again. I said ‘who are you talking to?' He said, 'I’m talking to you.'”

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That led to Bostic showing his frustrations and sending his helmet hurdling through the air.

“I unbuttoned my helmet and threw it at him from about 15 yards away," Bostic said. "And I just left my helmet and went over and sat on the bench.”

Following the heated back-and-forth, Bugel quickly displayed the other side of his personality -- the one that cared for his players and just wanted to see them succeed. Heading over to Bostic, he wanted him to know there were no hard feelings, it was just the emotion of football getting the best of him.

"He said, ‘Hey horse you know I love you.'”

Because Bostic -- like so many other Redskins -- had a deep love and respect for Bugel, it was easy for him to take the apology and move on. However, he did want his coach to know that all the yelling was actually done for no reason because he was not the one to blame.

"I said 'You got a strange way of showing love. What you’re gonna do is when you watch the film tomorrow you’re gonna owe me an apology,'" Bostic said.

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