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Redskins' Chris Thompson and Will Compton still unsigned but their options are very limited

Redskins' Chris Thompson and Will Compton still unsigned but their options are very limited

Chris Thompson and Will Compton are expected to be two key contributors for the 2017 Washington Redskins. Technically both are unsigned but they don’t have many options.

The third-down back and starting Mike linebacker both were tendered as restricted free agents by the team. Thompson was given a second-round tender, which offered him a one-year salary of $2.7 million while Compton got the low tender at $1.8 million.

The tenders give both of them the opportunity to go out and solicit offer sheets for their services. If the Redskins choose to match an offer sheet the players would remain with the team. If they opt not to match they would have received a second-round pick as compensation for Thompson and no compensation for Compton.

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But as of 4 p.m. today those options will no longer be on the table. That is the deadline for players to sign offer sheets with other teams. After today they revert to having their rights held exclusively by the Redskins. 

[Note: An earlier version had the wrong deadline for signing an offer sheet.]

The two players should now seriously consider signing their tenders, which they have not done according to the roster on the team’s website. They can’t go anyplace else and there is a significant downside if they don’t sign them by June 15.

What happens on June 15? The team has the right to withdraw the tender offer and substitute the cleverly named “June 15 tender”.  The salary for that tender is 110 percent of the player’s 2016 salary. For Thompson that would be $742,500 and for Compton it would be $660,000.

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Certainly, both players would like to get long-term contracts rather than signing one-year deals. But they can still negotiate for a deal after they sign the tenders. And they really don’t gain any leverage by not signing since in less than two months they face large reductions in pay.

I would expect both players to sign at some point prior to June 15, probably much sooner. The best course of action would be to sign, play well this year, and set themselves up for a good payday as unrestricted free agents in 2018.

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How new Redskins QB Kyle Allen is improving by spending his time inside with Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

How new Redskins QB Kyle Allen is improving by spending his time inside with Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

When Kyle Allen set out for California on Feb. 1, he was prepared to embark on his normal offseason routine which consists of workouts with fellow NFL quarterbacks Josh Allen, of the Buffalo Bills, and Sam Darnold, of the New York Jets.

What he couldn't predict was that two months from then, he'd be a member of the Redskins while spending all of his waking moments with his workout partners, playing card games and working out in the garage.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the three passers, like many others, have had to adapt to the new conditions that require one to spend almost all their time inside. Though some may imagine that the life of an NFL quarterback is different than others, it really isn't.

“It's pretty boring right now, I’m going to be honest with you. This morning we woke up, threw around, just got done working out, it’s about one o’clock, and we have the rest of the day with absolutely nothing to do," Allen, who currently lives with Josh Allen and is about 15 minutes or so from Sam Darnold, told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. "So we play a ton of gin, we watch movies, play Call Of Duty, and we get super bored. That’s about it." 

NFL players, they're just like us.

However, this situation hasn't stopped Allen and company from continuing to get in work in what is a big offseason for all three. Darnold and Josh Allen will enter 2020 with bigger expectations in their third year as starters, while Washington's newest passer has a chance to compete with Dwayne Haskins after getting some game experience in 2019.

“That’s why we like to come out here and train with each other too, because they are kind of going through the same thing," Allen said. "There's a bunch of things I'm working on from last season, there are things Sam's working on, things Josh is working on, and some things from everybody."

Like many others, that work is being done in a home gym. Equipment was moved to a neighbors garage where the three are able to lift weights and train, all while still practicing social distancing guidelines.

The group also watches films, just not the Netflix and Hulu kind.

"We have film night at our houses and break down film and just talk through a bunch of things, get everyone’s point-of-view," Allen said.

With OTAs and other team events indefinitely suspended, there is no timetable for when Allen will get a chance to work with his new teammates. Until then, though he may be bored at times, he understands he still has the opportunity to work on his craft with a pair of pretty good training partners.

Not much has changed. It's just been a little harder to find places to throw, a little harder to find places to work out," Allen said. "But it's been good, we've been getting good work in and trying to adapt to all this like everyone else is.”

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Watch Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan push a large vehicle as part of his workout

Watch Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan push a large vehicle as part of his workout

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan hasn't let current circumstances stop him from staying on top of his training, if a video that his wife, Jessica, added Tuesday to social media is any indication.

In the video posted to Jessica's Instagram story, Ryan is pushing what appears to be a large automobile, with ease. 

Jessica, who is recording him while sitting comfortably inside the vehicle, added Salt-N-Pepa's hit song "Push It" as the fitting background music.

Athletes continue to find creative ways to stay in shape and work out during the coronavirus pandemic. It seems Washington's nine-year veteran has found his own unique way to stay in shape.

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