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Redskins reportedly to meet with free agent OT Ereck Flowers

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Redskins reportedly to meet with free agent OT Ereck Flowers

Less than a week after signing ex-Giants safety Landon Collins on a reported six-year deal, the Washington Redskins aren't showing any signs of slowing down as they continue to shape their 2019 roster. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Washington has plans to meet with free agent tackle Ereck Flowers Sunday night. 

The former No. 9 overall pick out of Miami in the 2015 NFL Draft has played in 59 games over four seasons and finished 2018 in Jacksonville after being waived by the Giants in October. 

Washington has left tackle Trent Williams and right tackle Morgan Moses under contract heading into 2019, but with swing tackle Ty Nsekhe's departure to Buffalo this offseason, it's clear how much of a priority this free agency frenzy is to the front office. 

Wherever Flowers ultimately ends up, the 24-year-old will be looking to rejuvenate his career. 

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Landon Collins 'instantly broke down' when Dan Snyder gave him signed Sean Taylor jersey

Landon Collins 'instantly broke down' when Dan Snyder gave him signed Sean Taylor jersey

Landon Collins, fresh off signing a free agency deal for six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins, was given the welcoming gift of a lifetime from team majority owner Dan Snyder.

The safety, whose two favorite players growing up were Redskins Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor, posted a signed Sean Taylor jersey late Wednesday night on Instagram.

At his introductory press conference, Landon Collins explained how it all went down. 

"We were sitting at dinner, and Mr. Snyder had a gift right there n the box," Collins said. Snyder asked him to wait for his mom and fiancée to arrive before opening it.

Collins said Snyder was "giving me all of his emotions and passions behind it, the story between him and Sean, telling me how he loved him as a son and saw him as everything." 

"And when he told me it was a game-worn jersey signed by him in the box, [I] instantly broke down," Collins said. 

Collins’ son Cam opened the box and pulled the jersey out for him. After many more tears, Ryan Anderson, Collins’ former teammate at Alabama, said "I should have told you what was in the box so you wouldn’t have cried."

Before getting picked by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Collins said that he tries to emulate the late Redskins safety. He has since made multiple references to looking up to Taylor in many facets and Taylor is the reason Collins chose to wear #21.

In his rookie season with the Giants, Collins even looked forward to the opportunity to play at FedExField and bask in his idol’s memory.

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Three reasons why cutting Josh Norman isn’t the best idea for the Redskins

Three reasons why cutting Josh Norman isn’t the best idea for the Redskins

On Wednesday, the Redskins made a few obvious roster moves – releasing Zach Brown and Stacy McGee – that cleared up a nice chunk of cap space. 

Moving forward in free agency, the team still can make a couple of other similar transactions – names like Vernon Davis and Mason Foster come to mind – that would free up additional cash. 

However, some fans are wondering if a surprise cut is coming, one that would involve a major player on the roster and really impact Washington’s budget for bringing in new talent. And the player mentioned most often for this type of decision is Josh Norman. 

But is getting rid of Norman to save $8.5 million the most logical option for the Redskins? Perhaps not. 

Here are three reasons why dropping the corner isn’t the best idea. 

1) His contract can work this year 

Between Norman and Landon Collins, the ‘Skins have an unusually high amount of cash allocated to the secondary. Still, that situation can function for 2019.

On the Redskins Talk podcast Wednesday, NFL financial expert J.I. Halsell explained that Collins’ $4 million cap hit means the Burgundy and Gold can handle both he and No. 24 together. 

According to Halsell, the franchise doesn’t really have to make a call on Norman until 2020, when he’ll still be expensive, and Collins’ price jumps more than $10 million. In 2019, though, the arrangement is tenable, thanks largely to how cheap the defense’s front seven is. 

2) He’s a playmaker and they don’t have many

Norman hasn’t fully thrived in D.C. in his three years since popping as a Panther, but he’s been pretty effective in two of his three seasons and is coming off what looks like his best campaign in Washington. 

In 2018, the DB picked off three passes, forced three fumbles, and scooped up a loose ball, too. Those are valuable, game-altering plays for a unit that doesn’t contain many guys beyond him, and hopefully now Collins, producing those kinds of highlights. 

While he’s being paid to be a top-level corner and hasn’t matched that compensation as of yet, he’s been a positive influence on the defense. Plus, who knows? Maybe new secondary coach Ray Horton can unlock more from the veteran. 

3) Who would fill his spot?

The Redskins are already inexperienced on the outside with Norman. Without him? They’d be insanely young. 

Quinton Dunbar is the second-most proven player on the depth chart, and he’s a once-converted wideout coming off a mysterious shin injury. After him is third-year pro Fabian Moreau and then three CBs who will all be entering their second go-round in the NFL. 

Would it be nice to have $8.5 million more to use to address left guard or receiver? Absolutely. But is that money worth draining an already thin spot? Not really. 

The best path for the Redskins is to keep Norman for 2019, see how he fits alongside his new All-Pro safety and then reevaluate next March. Cutting Norman now would likely do much more harm to the organization than good. 

Now, trading him is another story, because at least they could justify getting rid of his skills to bring in another useful commodity. Yet an outright release would be a questionable end to his tenure here.

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