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Reports: Larry Michael retires from Washington football team after 16 years as executive, broadcaster

Reports: Larry Michael retires from Washington football team after 16 years as executive, broadcaster

Play-by-play announcer Larry Michael, who has called Washington football radio broadcasts for the past 16 years, announced Wednesday that he has retired ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

Michael joined the organization in 2004 and is the organization's chief content officer and senior vice president of video and broadcast content.

“After 16 great years my time with the organization is over,” Michael wrote in a statement obtained by ESPN and The Washington Post. “As of today I’ll be retiring from my position with the team. As a lifelong Washingtonian I was blessed to work with a lot of great people.

“I want to thank everyone who contributed over the years. I’m especially grateful to Dan Snyder for giving me the opportunity. On to the next chapter.”

A 12-time Emmy Award winner, Michael is a current host of “Redskins Nation” on NBC Sports Washington. He shared the radio booth with former Washington tight end Chris Cooley for the past seven years; Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff spent stints with him as well.

Michael replaced Frank Herzog in 2004 as lead play-by-play broadcaster and joined the booth with Washington football legends Sonny Jurgensen and  Sam Huff. 

Michael is the third team employee to leave Washington this month after the team fired pro scouting employees Alex Santos and Richard Man II last week.

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This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

One Washington Football fan took the hypothetical designs to the next level in his complete rebranding of the team under the name ‘Washington Scouts.’

Michigan-based graphic designer Zack Rueger proposed Scouts to replace Washington’s previous mascot in hopes of honoring Native Americans. In describing his inspiration, he wrote, “Scouts celebrates the proud tradition of Native American culture and the inclusion of scouts into the military.”

He went on to reference the impacts Native Americans had on the military such as the 29 Native American soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor or the Alamo Scouts during World War II who ran 108 missions without losing a single person. Rather than removing the team's previous connection to Native American culture, Rueger believed Washington could honor them in its new name.

In addition to coining a name, he created a plethora of logos, jerseys and branded designs that the team could use. First, he designed three separate logos: a word mark logo, a primary logo and a throwback logo. The word mark logo features the team’s name in a box below the city name. The primary logo is a ‘W’ with a feather in the middle. The throwback logo is a scout riding a horse on top of a football. 

Next, Rueger designed four different uniforms: home, away, throwback and color rush. The home uniforms feature the traditional burgundy jersey with gold pants and a gold helmet. The away combination is a white jersey, gold helmet and burgundy pants. The throwbacks are a burgundy and white combo, similar to the away jerseys but with a white helmet that showcases the throwback logo. Finally, the color rush jerseys are predominately gold with accents of burgundy. 

However, Rueger didn’t stop with logos and uniforms. He also created advertisements, mock tickets, hypothetical social media posts for game day, fan merchandise like branded hoodies and hats and even a website layout for the team. 

While Scouts is new to the team name discussion and hasn’t been considered a frontrunner, Rueger made it especially easy to visualize the change happening with this detailed rebranding.

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Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington's group of receivers is about to become a lot more experienced and a little deeper thanks to a pending Monday signing.

To help fill out one of the weaker areas on the roster, the team is reportedly going to bring in Dontrelle Inman, according to Ian Rapoport. Inman's physical, which Rapoport says should be completed soon, is the last step of the transaction.

The 31-year-old will immediately become the oldest option at the position, taking that designation away from the 27-year-old Cody Latimer. Ron Rivera has explained multiple times this offseason how he wants at least one established pro on the outside to help lead up-and-comers like Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Antonio Gandy-Golden. For now, Inman looks like he'll be the guy for that role.

Last year, Inman caught 12 passes for 181 yards in seven total games (three with the Colts and four with the Chargers). His best output came in 2016 with then-San Diego, when he posted 58 receptions for 810 yards and four scores.

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The focus for Inman will now be catching up on Scott Turner's playbook. If he's able to do that, he could have a real shot at sticking with Washington for 2020, especially with Latimer currently on the Commissioner's Exempt list and Kelvin Harmon recovering from a torn ACL.

In fact, it doesn't even feel that crazy to say Inman could eventually be in the mix for a starting spot, considering how unproven the other in-house choices are.

At the very least, the signing gives the Washington Football Team someone who's shown they can be productive in the NFL. That's a pretty low bar for an August move, of course, but it's also just the reality of what Rivera and Turner are working with on offense right now. 

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