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Need to Know: The NFL business season gets underway for Redskins

Need to Know: The NFL business season gets underway for Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 6, 31 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  


Days until:

NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 23
—NFL Draft (4/27) 80
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 216

With the season over, looking ahead

The Super Bowl is over and now the Redskins and the NFL start to get down to the business end of the game. Here are some key dates coming up.

Today—Teams can release players who are on their rosters starting today. Don’t look for the Redskins to make any moves immediately. But they could soon move on from DB DeAngelo Hall ($4.25 million salary cap savings), OL Kory Lichtensteiger ($3.5 million), or TE Derek Carrier ($1 million). Also, in what is more of a technicality, the injured reserve list is cleared and all players under contract are on the roster, which has an offseason limit of 90 players.

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Feb 15-March 1—This is the window for teams to give the franchise or transition tags to players who are pending free agents. I think you’ve read plenty about the Kirk Cousins saga so I don’t have to tell you that things will get to be quite interesting as that March 1 deadline approaches.

Feb 28—The NFL Combines gets underway in Indianapolis. This is when the first group of players arrives; the media portion begins on March 2. This will be a particularly important draft for Scot McCloughan. He doesn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the “underwear Olympics” part of it, the 40 times and bench presses. Of more interest to him is the chance to get to know some of the players to see if they will be good fits in what he is trying to build.

March 9—The league year starts at 4 p.m. That means the start of free agency. Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Chris Baker, Cousins if he has not been tagged or signed, and 11 other Redskins will become unrestricted free agents. Trades between teams also can happen starting on this day. Teams also must be under the salary cap by 4 p.m. The Redskins will not have any problem doing that as they currently sit about $62 million under the cap.

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April 17—Offseason workouts begin. This starts with some conditioning drills and builds up to OTAs, which will start in late May, and minicamp, which comes in mid-June.

April 27-29—The NFL draft is conducted in Philadelphia. The Redskins currently have nine picks. They have the 17th overall pick plus one each in the second and third rounds, two each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds and no pick in the seventh. McCloughan has moved around on the draft board the last couple of years and there is no reason to believe that he won’t do the same this year.

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The Vikings will be without Adam Thielen against the Redskins in Week 7

The Vikings will be without Adam Thielen against the Redskins in Week 7

When Kirk Cousins faces the Redskins on Thursday for the first time since leaving the franchise in 2018, the quarterback will be without arguably his favorite wide receiver.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen will miss Thursday's contest vs. Washington with a hamstring injury. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

Thielen injured his hamstring crashing into a barricade after hauling in a touchdown in the Vikings' 42-30 victory over the Lions on Sunday. The injury isn't expected to be serious, and Thielen might have been able to play this week had the Vikings not been playing on Thursday night. Minnesota expects him to return to action next week.

The wide receiver is a considerable loss to the Minnesota offense, as only Stefon Diggs has more receiving yards for Vikings this season than Thielen. His six receiving touchdowns lead the team, too.

The Vikings have won four straight games, and even with Thielen's injury, are still more than a two-touchdown favorite over the 1-6 Redskins.


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Check out Josh Norman's house featuring a personal barbershop, vibrating bed, and more

Check out Josh Norman's house featuring a personal barbershop, vibrating bed, and more

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Redskins in 2016, at the time making him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history. Well, No. 24 has definitely put some of that money to good use.

On the latest episode of Bleacher Report's 'Ditch the Playbook,' Norman took Adam Lefkoe on a tour of his Leesburg mansion. As you can expect, Norman had an array of things that not many homeowners have.

A notably big Batman fan, Norman's driveway has his customized 'JNo24' logo engraved, mimicking the style of the superhero's logo. He also has a lifesize painting of the superhero on his wall.

Norman takes Lefkoe through the entirety of his house, which features a personal barbershop, a home theater, a giraffe-skin rug, a real sword and Captain America shield, among others.

The unusualness of items that Norman owns led Lefkoe to ask the cornerback a question everyone has been itching to know.

"Do people in the NFL think you're weird?" Lefkoe asked.

"Yeah," Norman said. "They thinkin', like, 'Something's wrong with this guy. I know he's interesting, he's just a little off.'"

One of the last stops in the house is Norman's bedroom, where he sleeps on a massage-vibrating bed. Norman lets Lefkoe try it out, but Lefkoe admitted he didn't "feel comfortable."

If MTV Cribs ever makes a comeback, Josh Norman's house should be one of the show's first stops.