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Report: Washington’s name change expected to be ‘buttoned up’ by training camp

Report: Washington’s name change expected to be ‘buttoned up’ by training camp

Following Monday’s announcement that Washington plans to retire the name “Redskins” after completing a “thorough review” of the name, The Undefeated’s Jason Reid reported on ESPN that the team hopes to have a new name solidified by the start of training camp.

“I expect this to move very quickly,” Reid said Monday. “Talking with multiple sources over the last couple days and this morning, the expectation is this will be buttoned up, completely buttoned up, before the team reports to training camp, which should be July 28. Although we’re not sure of that right now because of obviously the fluid events with the COVID situation.

“But in terms of what the league wants, what the hope is, what the expectation is, is this will be a non-issue moving into training camp.”

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Washington didn’t specify in its statement what the timetable would be for the decision, saying only that owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera would lead the team’s efforts for determining a new name. Snyder, who has a history of opposing any kind of name change, has deferred a significant amount of organizational power to Rivera since hiring him in January.

NFL officials are still in talks with representatives of the players union over how to proceed with the 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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