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Does Redwolves have all the momentum for Washington's new name, or none at all?

Does Redwolves have all the momentum for Washington's new name, or none at all?

The Washington football team needs a new name, and for many fans - particularly those on social media - Redwolves has the most momentum.

Redwolves? Yep, Redwolves. 

Plenty of people claim to have started the concept but nobody supported the name as early or as vocally as former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot. Watch the video above, but maybe turn the sound down. Other prominent voices like the Redskins Today Instagram page have been loudly clamoring for Redwolves to be the new team name. 

It's a cool idea. 

Literally, red wolves are an endangered species that is native to the Appalachian Mountains up and down the east coast. Figuratively, fans could howl like wolves at home and away games and the famous team fight song could probably be saved with just a few tweaks. 

Even NBC Sports Washington (a corporate partner with Washington and my employer) is running Redwolves content on social media. 

Clearly, in the land of pixels and infinite space, Redwolves is winning. The name has real momentum there. 

What about the land of finite space and three dimensions? What's leading there?

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It's hard to know, but it does seem like Redwolves has an age gap. Allow The Team 980's Kevin Sheehan to explain: "Redwolves is for a youth basketball team. Grow up."

Sheehan's remarks caused a stir on Twitter, but plenty of older fans feel the nickname is too cartoonish.

Other questions remain too.

Arkansas State University holds a trademark on the Red Wolves. While they can share their trademark, they don't have to, but maybe they would with some compensation. 

Also, does a Washington team that dealt with so much controversy from their old name really need a new name that uses the word red? Is it time for a clean break from all things red?

Take a poll a month ago and Redwolves barely shows up. Take one today, and Redwolves could win it outright. 

Does significant support from Twitter and Instagram move the needle in Ashburn? What about at the NFL offices on Park Avenue?

It's hard to know. Redwolves is very real on social media, but is social media real? 

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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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