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Jay Gruden: Redskins, safety Dashon Goldson could reunite


Jay Gruden: Redskins, safety Dashon Goldson could reunite

BOCA RATON, Fla.—The Redskins have not “shut the door” on veteran safety Dashon Goldson and there have been some discussions with the player’s agent, Coach Jay Gruden said this week at the NFL owners meetings.

Goldson led Washington with 110 tackles last season but was released on March 7th. The 2015 defensive captain, who turns 32 in September, was due to count $8 million against the cap next season. It would have been the Redskins’ seventh highest cap charge behind Kirk Cousins ($19.9 million), Trent Williams ($10.6), Pierre Garcon ($10.2), DeSean Jackson ($9.25), Chris Culliver ($9.25) and Ryan Kerrigan ($8.45).

“That had a lot to do with it,” Gruden said, referring to Goldson’s contract. “That really did.”

“We haven’t shut the door yet on Dashon," Gruden added. "I know there’s been some talks with him also…we’ll have to wait and see what happens with him.”

The discussions are being handled General Manager Scot McCloughan, who drafted Goldson in San Francisco, and capologist Eric Schaffer, Gruden said.

Earlier this month, multiple reports suggested that the Cowboys also had interest in Goldson.    

Meantime, safety remains an area of concern for the Redskins. The depth chart currently includes converted cornerback DeAngelo Hall, newly-acquired special teams ace David Bruton, Duke Ihenacho, who has missed most of the past two seasons due to injury, and Kyshoen Jarrett, whose status remains cloudy to a serious shoulder injury. Gruden also said the cornerbacks Will Blackmon and Deshazor Everett will see some reps at safety this offseason.

Goldson is not a long-term solution, but he could help mitigate the Redskins' concerns at the position in 2016. He was also a valued voice in the locker room last year.    

“He played great,” Gruden said. “Not just as a player, but he was a great leader also. It was the one thing that you could never really predict or guess when you sign a player like that. Scot obviously knew him from San Francisco so he had some time with him and he knew him a little bit more than I did. But he came in and was a great leader for the guys and obviously was a very productive player for us.”

But can the Redskins and Goldson agree on his value for next season? That seems to be the question.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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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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