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RG3 agrees to a deal

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RG3 agrees to a deal

The Robert Griffin III Era in Washington can now officially begin.The Redskins first round draft pick signed his rookie contract today, clearing the way for Griffin to participate in rookie camp, which began Monday at Redskins Park. Veteran players report to Ashburn July 25.Griffin announced the signing via Twitter.@RGIII: Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!(Update: The Redskins have confirmed that he has signed via the team's Twitter feed.)Without a signed contract, Griffin could not attend the first two days of the weeklong camp, which consists of classroom, conditioning and no-contact drills.According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk the contract is for four years and 21,119,098 and is fully guaranteed. He will get a signing bonus of 13,799,344.Florio also is reporting that there is not offset language in the contract, meaning that in the highly unlikely event they should release him before the contract is up the Redskins would owe him the full amount of the contract regardless of how much another team might pay him. According to multiple reports the offset language was the main holdup in getting a deal done.In recent days, Griffin said he was confident that a deal would get hammered out.The only time Im going to get nervous is if Im not signed by the time main camp comes, Griffin told ESPN980 on Wednesday. Im not nervous about it. Im not going to lose sleep over it. I know the people around me and I know the Skins want to get it done, so well get the contract signed.Griffin is the first player drafted in the top eight spots to sign his rookie deal.The likely holdup for those players is the same salary cap-related issue that is believed to have delayed Griffins arrival offset language. Although rookie deals for top draftees are essentially set by the CBA, teams want any unpaid guaranteed money owed to that player to be offset by whatever money he might earn from another club if hes cut before the four-year pact expires.Its unclear how the Redskins and Griffins agent, Ben Dogra, resolved the offset language issue. But its likely few fans care.Griffin, the player many expect to lead an eventual turnaround of the moribund franchise, is officially a Redskins and ready to report for his first day on the job.
RG3 signs his contract (photo courtesy Washington Redskins)

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Eight months later, Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

Eight months later, Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

It's been a long road to recovery for Redskins quarterback Alex Smith after suffering a gruesome leg injury against the Houston Texans last November.

Following the original break, Smith's injury became infected, requiring more surgery and for him to wear an external fixator on his injured leg, a large metal, circular device that ran from his knee down to his foot with metal screws to hold bones in place.

Smith had been wearing the fixator for the past eight months, but on Monday, the brace was finally removed. Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted on her Instagram account a picture of Smith holding the recently removed metal device.

"The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy," Elizabeth Smith wrote on her Instagram. "Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched."

This is a major step in Smith's recovery process, as he still hopes to play football again.

"That's the plan," Smith said to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay of returning to the field. "I got to conquer some more steps before I get there."

But first, he must learn how to run and change direction again.

Earlier this summer, Smith was seen throwing passes at Redskins OTAs. He most certainly won't play in 2020, and his future on Washington has a lot to do with the success of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Washington's first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

While Smith won't help the Redskins on the field, don't be surprised if Smith has a positive role in the development of Haskins. A team captain in 2018, many of his teammates have praised Smith of the leadership he displayed a season ago.

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10 Days to training camp: How to sort out the defensive line rotation?

10 Days to training camp: How to sort out the defensive line rotation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

On a team with few definitive strengths, the defensive line ranks as easily the best position group on the 2019 Redskins.

The team boasts two first-rounders in Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen. The team also just paid fourth-year pro Matt Ioannidis, giving him a contract extension to lock him up before free agency next year. After that, this year there are expectations that Tim Settle and Caleb Brantley should play expanded roles.

And in many ways, that has to happen.

Allen and Payne played too much last season, especially early. In a Week 4 win against the Packers, Payne and Allen played more than 90 percent of the Redskins' defensive snaps. In a Week 5 loss to the Saints, both players were on the field for more than 75 percent of the team's snaps.

Keep in mind, too, Payne was a rookie and Allen was in his second NFL season after only playing a handful of games as a rookie. In hindsight, the Redskins needed to deploy more of a rotation along the defensive line in 2018, and in 2019, would be crazy not to.

Payne and Allen both have Pro Bowl potential. Ioannidis has proven elite pass rush potential when he's on the field and needs to be on the field more. Then there are Settle and Brantley, two players that Redskins coaches have praised extensively this offseason.

The best defensive lines have talent and depth. The Redskins definitely have talent. Payne, Allen, and Ioannidis prove that.

The Redskins need to have depth. A fresh defensive line, or even a less beat up defensive line, can make a huge difference in the second half of the season. Jim Tomsula says the Redskins have the talent to go deep in their linemen rotation.
In 2019, the team needs to show it.

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