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Redskins sign DL Taylor, 2 others to futures contracts

Redskins sign DL Taylor, 2 others to futures contracts

The Redskins announced that they have signed LB Khairi Fortt, LB Pete Robertson, and DL Phil Taylor to reserve/futures contracts. The big name on that list, both literally and figuratively, is Taylor.

Taylor, who is listed at 6-3, 337, was a first-round pick of the Browns back in 2011, the 21st overall selection out of Baylor. Due to injuries and ineffectiveness he never lived up to his draft position. In four seasons in Cleveland he played in 44 of a possible 64 games, starting 42. He posted seven sacks and 69 tackles.

The Browns released him prior to the start of the 2015 season. He was out of football that year and signed with the Broncos in February of 2016. His career in Denver was very short lived as he suffered a knee injury early in training camp and was released with an injury settlement. Taylor did not play in 2016.

Right now, the Redskins are looking at Taylor, who turns 29 in April, as a player who will compete for a roster spot and provide some depth if he makes it. Taylor's injury problems have mostly dealt with his knees and that is something that will be monitored closely. His presence will not affect any plans to acquire top-line talent for the defensive line in free agency or in the draft.

But sometimes things work out differently. Around this time a year ago the Redskins signed Ziggy Hood, another former first-round pick, to a reserve/futures contract. The plan was for him was similar to the one for Taylor, to compete for a roster spot and provide depth. But after the release of Stephen Paea and an injury to Kedric Golston, Hood ended up starting 14 games.

The Redskins hope to acquire enough top-line talent to make sure that if Taylor does end up making the team he will be in a supporting role, not a featured role.

Fortt was a fourth-round pick of the Saints in 2014 but his NFL resume shows just three games played for the Jaguars that year. Robertson, from Texas Tech was not selected in last year’s draft. He signed with the Seahawks but he did not play in 2016.

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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