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Redskins' Deshazor Everett collecting donations in can after $48,000 fines

Redskins' Deshazor Everett collecting donations in can after $48,000 fines

Second-year safety Deshazor Everett is slated to make $525,000 this year from the Redskins.

He impressed his coaches last weekend against the Eagles, recording his first career interception. But two big hits – including one that concussed Philadelphia running back Darren Sproles – also earned him $48,000 in fines. That's a lot of money out of an undrafted player's pay around Christmas. 

Head coach Jay Gruden defended his play, saying he never intended to injure anyone. Eric Bickel of the Junkies called the fines "outrageous." Voices of support are nice, but they're not going to help him cover the cost. 

So Everett seems to be soliciting donations around Redskins Park. Director of Football Operations Paul Kelley shared this photo of Everett with a can that reads "Save Shaze!! Merry Christmas!"

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Unless everyone carries $100 bills around Ashburn, or someone writes a big check, it seems unlikely that he'll cover the expense with the contents of that can.

It is Christmas though, so miracles can happen!

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Andrew Brandt says near impossible to get new Redskins name before Week 1

Andrew Brandt says near impossible to get new Redskins name before Week 1

Regardless if fans like the current name or want it changed, just on time alone the Redskins face a near impossible task to change their moniker in time for Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season. 

Andrew Brandt is an expert on NFL business and worked for the Packers for a decade. His work can be read in MMQB among others, and on Monday, he explained to the Redskins Talk Podcast that a new name and logo for the Redskins before the 2020 NFL season kicks off will require a "Herculean effort."

Normally changing the name of a football franchise valued at more than $3 billion would take years, with focus groups and market research to back up the decision. In this case, Washington is slated for a preseason game in Nashville on August 15th and to host their regular season opener on September 13th at FedEx Field. 

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The preseason opener is a little more than a month away, and the team hasn't even provided a timeline on a name change. In fact, though it's widely expected to come, the team hasn't even publicly said they're going to change the name at all.

It's hard to fathom the team could roll out even just new uniforms by August 15th, let alone erase every Redskins logo on their official stationery, moving supplies, marketing materials, and so on by September 13th. 

Brandt believes it could make sense for the team to just go by Washington this season and allow appropriate time to pick a new name for the 2021 season. 

"Maybe we have this provisional name without a lot of marks out there," he said. 

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A provisional name could end up being the Washington Football Club or something similar. 

For every fan making their case for Red Wolves or RedTails or Warriors or Hogs on social media and new uniform images on Instagram, realize that the effort to change the name goes miles beyond just new uniforms.

And to the experts, whatever that new name is won't be in play for 2020. 

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Report: NFLPA unanimously votes for all preseason games to be canceled

Report: NFLPA unanimously votes for all preseason games to be canceled

The players have spoken, unanimously. 

On Thursday night’s NFLPA call, the union’s board of reps voted unanimously to recommend that the NFL play no preseason games this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a memo obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"In light of the recent absence of medical justification for holding any preseason games and the necessity of adhering to the acclimation period in order to reduce the possibility of injuries, the NFLPA Board of Player Representatives recommends that no preseason games be played during the 2020 NFL season, and the Board calls upon the NFL to cancel all preseason games due to the on-going COVID pandemic," the memorandum reads. 

 

The NFL previously cut the preseason from four to two games, according to a report last week. The Hall of Fame Game, which was scheduled for August 6 between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers was also canceled, but the NFLPA has recommended an even more drastic reduction in the preseason.

Whether the NFL will respond to this request in favor of the players' recommendation remains unclear.

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