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Are the Redskins done with free agency until after the draft?


Are the Redskins done with free agency until after the draft?

Jay Gruden said that the Redskins may be doing some free agent shopping after the draft. They likely will wait until a couple of weeks after the annual selection meeting, which runs from April 28-30.

“I think there’s a lot of reasons for that,” said Jay Gruden earlier this week at the NFL owners meetings. “You don’t want to go crazy signing a bunch of backs and then draft one and have to cut them anyway. So I think we want to find out exactly where we stand after the draft.”

Gruden was referring to bringing on a free agent running back but he could have been talking about almost any position.

At this point, with the draft just over a month away and offseason workouts starting up in about three weeks, the Redskins are likely to be very cautious about bringing in any free agents. For one thing, as Gruden noted, they don’t know what they will get in the draft. Scot McCloughan said that he wants to turn the eight picks they have into 12.

Let’s do the math. They currently have 73 players on the roster. Let’s say that McCloughan gets his desired dozen draft picks, giving them an 85-man roster. The offseason roster limit is 90 and if they want to sign a dozen or so undrafted free agents they will have to cut some of the players who are on the roster now. They don’t want to create a further logjam by taking a look at some more veteran free agents they may have to let go after a month or so.

There is another reason that patience is a virtue when it comes to signing free agents. Veterans signed in the next month and a half will count in the formula that determined compensatory draft picks. Free agents signed after May 10 are excluded from the calculations. As of right now, they may be in line to get a late-round pick. Signing another team’s player could take that pick away.

If they find a player they believe they need at a price that they think is good, they may not let the comp pick formula get in the way of signing him. But if they are confident that he will still be there on May 10 they could gamble and wait it out.

There’s one more reason to wait to sign players. As time goes by, prices go down. After the draft, players who are still looking for a gig in the fall are often willing to sign for the veteran minimum or something close to it. 

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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