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Redskins at the crossroads: S Dashon Goldson


Redskins at the crossroads: S Dashon Goldson

A handful of Redskins have arrived at career crossroads. Some haven’t been consistent. A few have battled injuries. Others simply are on the wrong side of 30. Whichever it is, these players are entering a make-or-break stretch as the team’s offseason program begins. In the coming days, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir will evaluate their chances of making the 53-man roster. 

Up today…

Player: Dashon Goldson.

Position: Free safety.

Age: 31 in September.

2015 cap number: $4 million.

2014 stats: 14 games, 81 combined tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defended, 0 forced fumbles, 0 interceptions. 


Outlook: Unlike the first two players featured in this series—running back Chris Thompson and safety Phillip Thomas—Goldson isn't battling for a job. The ninth-year pro figures to make the Redskins’ roster and start Week 1.

For Goldson, 2015 is about securing his future.

The big, hard-hitting free safety signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract in with the Buccaneers in 2013. But after two subpar seasons in Tampa Bay—he missed five games, made just one interception and was deemed a poor scheme fit—the Buccaneers traded Goldson to the Redskins in a deal that included a swap of late-round draft picks. To facilitate the trade, the Bucs agreed to eat $4 million of Goldson’s salary.

The move gives both sides what they so desperately needed. The team fills a position that’s long been a problem. And the player receives a chance to show the Redskins (as well as 31 other teams) that he can still perform at a high level.

Since arriving Ashburn, Redskins coaches have raved about Goldson, who will earn a $2.3 million bonus if he’s still on the 90-man roster on Aug. 1.

“With Dashon, just being around him for the last five weeks, he’s exactly what you want in that position back there,” defensive coordinator Joe Barry said in a recent interview on ESPN 980. “He’s the quarterback of the secondary.”

Goldson’s tenure in Washington seems to be off a strong start. But the real test will come during the regular season. If Goldson can rediscover the form that made him a Pro Bowler in 2011 and 2012 (or anything close, really), he’ll resuscitate his career and perhaps find a home in Washington on a re-worked contract. If he struggles, the Redskins will move on and Goldson will be an aging, faded star seeking employment. 

So, yeah, the next six months are pretty big for him. 


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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.


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Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

If you want to, you can find plenty of things wrong with the Redskins’ 23-17 win over the Panthers. The home team was up 17-0 in the second quarter and yet had to hang on as the Panthers reached the red zone with a chance to win in the last minute. The game got tight because the Redskins continued their second-half scoring problems, putting up just six points. Alex Smith passed for just 153 yards. 

But you can’t poke holes in the fact that the Redskins are 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Sure, there is a long way to go. But consider this—a Redskins schedule that looked rough at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as tough. In fact, right now the Redskins have a better winning percentage than any team they will play in their remaining 11 games. 

Yes, that’s right. They have six games to play in the division, two each against the Cowboys and Eagles, both now 3-3, and the 1-5 Giants. Their two remaining games against the NFC South are against the 2-3 Bucs and the 2-4 Falcons. The schedule is rounded out with games against three AFC South teams, the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. All three of those teams are tied atop the division at 3-3. 

Of course, you can’t expect all of these teams to still be wallowing around .500 when they face the Redskins. It looks like the Eagles and Falcons are on the upswing and in today’s NFL any team can get hot at any time. 

And, as the Redskins demonstrated in their Week 2 loss to the Colts, they are capable of losing to a weak team. They still have plenty of issues they have to correct if they plan on maintaining their winning record and staying in contention for the division title. They won’t survive if they continue to have difficulty scoring in the second half (their only second-half TD this season came in garbage time against the Saints). They need to get more sacks from Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who have one combined. Plenty of details need to be ironed out. 

But the fact that they are a flawed team doesn’t take away from the fact that they got a quality win over the Panthers. Carolina was 3-1, coming off of an 11-5 playoff season. On top of that, the Redskins had not beaten the Panthers since 2006, a stretch that included an 0-4 record against Cam Newton. They didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this year and they got a season-high three takeaways. Christian McCaffrey came into the game averaging 83 yards per game and left it averaging 70 after picking up 20 yards on eight carries. 

With all of that said, the Redskins still have to overcome their inconsistency. They have won two games in a row just twice since the beginning of the 2017 season. Nobody is going to believe that anything is different about the Redskins until they can string together three or four wins in a row. Until then, skepticism will abound. 

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