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Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

In Mason Foster, Will Compton, and the newly-signed Zach Brown, the Redskins have three inside linebackers still in their 20s with a combined 199 games of NFL experience including 150 starts.

But they are far from set at the position with the NFL draft just a little over three weeks away.

Brown signed a one-year contract while Foster is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in 2016. Compton is on a restricted free agent tender, a deal he has not yet signed. While he still could end up with a multi-year deal with the Redskins or with another team the most likely scenario at this point seems to be that he will play on the RFA tender this year and then join Brown and Foster as unrestricted free agents in 2018.

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They also have veteran Chris Carter on a one-year deal this year and recent draft picks Martrell Spaight and Steven Daniels in the fold for two and three more years, respectively. Zach Vigil, picked up on waivers late last season, will be a restricted free agent next year. While all those players have some potential to contribute, it is not known if any of them can start or even play a regular role.

Because of this, the Redskins are unlikely to change their draft plans after signing Brown. If they had Reuben Foster, Zach Cunningham and Haason Reddick high on their board last week they should remain there this week. Any mid-round inside backers who were on the board last week likely are still there.

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Regardless of what they do or don’t do at inside linebacker in the draft there will be some serious competition for jobs. Compton, Foster, and Brown are locks. Spaight started a game when Compton was injured last year and he is one the team would like to hold on to. Still, he likely would have to compete Daniels, Carter, and Vigil for one of the two remaining roster spots.

If a draft pick or two is thrown into the mix the Redskins may have to carve out a sixth roster spot at ILB. If they do it won’t be because they need the player this year. The contract situations force them to think about 2018 and beyond.

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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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