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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead


Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.


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Can Phil Taylor be productive for the Redskins after missing three seasons?

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Can Phil Taylor be productive for the Redskins after missing three seasons?

The Redskins are going to try to get some productivity out of nose tackle, Phil Taylor, despite the fact that he has missed the last three seasons with injuries. Here is a little bit of history on players who attempted comebacks after extended absences. 

RB Robert Edwards gained 1,115 yards rushing for the Patriots in his rookie 1998 season. He then suffered a devastating knee injury in a flag football game that was part of the Pro Bowl festivities. After missing three years he got back on the field with the Dolphins, playing 12 games and rushing for 107 yards. His comeback was one and done but he did. 

—The path of RB Ricky Williams isn't quite the same as the one Taylor is trying to take but it’s close enough. After five years in the NFL, he retired in 2004. He came back the next year, but he sat out the 2006 season due to a substance abuse suspension. Williams played just one game in 2007. In 2008 he got back to full-time duty with Miami and he played for four more years. At the age of 32 in the 2009 season, he rushed for 1,121 yards.


—The stuff hit the fan QB Michael Vick after the 2006 season. After making three Pro Bowls in his first six years in the league, a suspension and time in jail put him out for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He signed with the Eagles in 2009 and he attempted just 13 passes. Vick returned to the Pro Bowl in 2010 at the age of 30 and played four more years after that. 

—In 2001, CB Deion Sanders decided that he would rather retire than play for old-school Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer. He was 33 at the time and he seemed to be done. However, after three years on the sidelines he got the itch again he signed to play for the Ravens. Sanders picked off five passes in two seasons before hanging it up for good after the 2005 season. 

While at first glance this partial history might bode well for Taylor’s comeback chances, it should be noted that of the four players here, only Edwards missed extended time due to an injury. And he was only 24 when he was injured so the age factor might come into play. 

You also have to look at the hundreds of players who were injured and never came back. Adam Carriker was 28 in Week 2 of the 2012 season when he suffered a quad injury similar to the one that Taylor sustained last year. Carriker was coming off of two seasons as the starter at defensive end and he had 5.5 sacks in 2011. In the ensuing years, he got a few tryouts, but he never did make it back to play in another game. 

On the plus side for Taylor, you can’t make it back if you don’t have a chance and the Redskins have given one to him. We will see if he can make the most of it. 


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Redskins withdraw contract offer to Junior Galette

Redskins withdraw contract offer to Junior Galette

It looks like the Redskins are moving on from Junior Galette.

Citing a team source, Chick Hernandez of NBC Sports Washington is reporting that the team has withdrawn its contract offer to Galette, the veteran pass rusher who finally got on the field last year after missing all of his first two seasons in Washington with injuries. He is an unrestricted free agent.

The Redskins may have a replacement for Galette lined up. They had former Bear Pernell McPhee in for a visit earlier this week and there was a report that they made him a contract offer after that. McPhee subsequently visited the Falcons facility, but he has not signed anywhere. However, there have been no reports that a deal is imminent as of this morning.


As for Galette, Hernandez mentions two possible destinations. One is the Browns, who have two key connections to Galette. Scot McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who signed Galette after he was cut by the Saints after the 2014 season is in the personnel department in Cleveland. In addition, Gregg Williams, who was the Saints’ defensive coordinator when Galette made the team as an undrafted rookie, currently has the same position with the Browns.

Another possibility is the Rams. The connections there are Joe Barry, the linebackers coach in LA who was Redskins’ defensive coordinator during Galette’s first two years with the team, and head coach Sean McVay, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington while Galette was on the other side of the ball.

Galette has said on social media lately that his first choice is to remain with the Redskins but that the money had to be “fair”. The interest in a return to Washington was mutual but evidently, the organization’s idea of fair and Galette’s differed by too great a margin to bridge the gap.  

Last year, Galette didn’t have an impressive sack total, getting three in a backup role. But he got plenty of pressure on the quarterback and that can be just as important as sacks.


Galette developed into a feared pass rusher with the Saints, getting double-digit sacks his last two seasons there. After signing him to a lucrative contract extension, the Saints abruptly released Galette due to some off-field issues. McCloughan and the Redskins signed him soon after the start of training camp in 2015 but before he could even play in a preseason game, he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in practice and he was out for the year.

His much-anticipated return the following year ended before it even started. Shortly before it was time to report to training camp, he tore the other Achilles and he was on the shelf again.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.