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Josh Norman Tried To Sign Tag With Panthers At Last Minute

Apr 25, 2016 9:48 AM

Josh Norman made a last-minute attempt to sign his franchise tag with the Carolina Panthers, according to a league source and multiple reports.

The Panthers made Norman a free agent on Wednesday when they rescinded the tag. On Friday, Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

After being informed that the tag had been rescinded, Norman contacted the Panthers, offering to fire agent Michael George and sign the tag. The tag would have guaranteed him $13.952 million in 2016.

By that time the Panthers had filed the paperwork with the league and decided to move on.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor

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Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington

Apr 22, 2016 7:40 PM

Josh Norman has agreed to sign with Washington on a five-year, $75 million deal.

The Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on Norman this week, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Norman also considered the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.

Norman emerged in 2015 as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. 

By moving to the NFC East, Norman will continue his rivalry with Odell Beckham Jr. twice per season (Week 3 & Week 17 in 2016).

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Josh Norman Deciding Between Washington, New Orleans

Apr 22, 2016 6:50 PM

Josh Norman is meeting with Washington but the New Orleans Saints are also making a strong push to sign him.

The San Francisco 49ers were also one of the frontrunners to sign Norman, but his decision is now down to Washington and New Orleans.

The Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag to Norman this week.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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49ers, Washington Considered Frontrunners For Josh Norman

Apr 21, 2016 6:41 PM

Washington and the San Francisco 49ers are strongly pursuing Josh Norman in free agency and are considered the frontrunners.

The 49ers have the cap room to make a significant offer to Norman, who would be a substantial upgrade over their current cornerbacks.

Washington's need at cornerback is less pressing and they also have less cap space.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Robert Griffin III: No Pressure, No Diamonds

Apr 7, 2016 12:30 AM

Robert Griffin III was introduced to the media on Wednesday as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

"No pressure, no diamonds," said Griffin as he walked away from the podium.

"I know the history, a little bit, of Cleveland," Griffin said. "And guys sometimes don't want to come here. I wanted to come here. I wanted to be here, and I wanted them to know that."

Griffin acknowledged that not playing a down for Washington last season was mentally taxing.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins

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Vernon Davis Signs With Washington

Mar 31, 2016 4:44 PM

Vernon Davis has agreed to a one-year deal with Washington.

In 10 seasons, Davis has caught 461 passes. Davis finished last season with 38 receptions for 395 yards with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.

Washington particularly likes the blocking ability of Davis.

Scot McCloughan drafted Davis while with the 49ers.

"He's in great shape. He's a football player and is one of those guys that has never really been injured because his genetics is so incredible," McCloughan said during the NFL owners meetings on March 22. "He can block, he can run, he catches."

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Washington 'Gambling' On Matt Jones As No. 1 Running Back

Mar 26, 2016 3:27 PM

Washington is prepared to have Matt Jones carry most of the load at running back.

Alfred Morris signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

"Matt played well and we're very excited about him," Gruden said, via CSN Mid-Atlantic. "We let a heck of a running back, and a very productive running back, go because we have Matt."

During his rookie campaign Jones displayed power between the tackles, speed to get to the edge, burst at the second level and size to break tackles. However, the 6-foot-1, 231-pound back proved inconsistent as a rookie. He missed holes, was stuffed often in the backfield -- leading to a 3.4 yards per carry average -- and he had a fumbling problem.

"We need him to protect the ball a little bit more," Gruden said. "He's a big, strong, powerful back that I think can handle the workload; time will tell on that. We're taking a bit of a gamble here, but based on our professional opinion, we believe he can handle it and be very, very effective at it, toting the rock."

 

Gruden left zero doubt Jones will assume the No. 1 role.

"That's what we envision, yes. He's got the size. I mean, he's got the measurables, that's for sure. That doesn't always translate, so we'll see. We like Matt. We think he's a smart football player and he runs very, very hard. Now we just have to make sure the ball security is there (because) he can catch the ball out the backfield. He's a very good solid football player that we have high hopes for."

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Fantasy

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Robert Griffin III Signs Two-Year Deal With Browns

Mar 24, 2016 12:31 PM

The Cleveland Browns and Robert Griffin III have agreed upon a two year deal. The Browns have been the only franchise to show serious interest in Griffin.

Griffin is a free agent after he was released by Washington.

Griffin was the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year and has since struggled with injuries. Griffin led Washington to win the NFC East while throwing for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns against five interceptions along with 815 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

Griffin didn't play at all in 2015 as Jay Gruden went with Kirk Cousins as his starter.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Alfred Morris Signs Two-Year Deal With Cowboys

Mar 22, 2016 11:24 AM

Alfred Morris has signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

In his first three years combined, Morris rushed for more yards (3,962) than any back in the NFL except for Marshawn Lynch.

Morris' production has dropped over the past two seasons.

ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Washington Releases Robert Griffin III

Mar 7, 2016 11:02 AM

Robert Griffin III has been released by Washington.

Griffin had lost the starting job in August and served as Washington's No. 3 quarterback all season. He was active for one game.

Washington had hoped to trade Griffin.

Washington traded up in the 2012 draft, giving up two first-round picks and a second and swapping first-rounders with St. Louis.

At one point, then-coach Mike Shanahan told reporters, "I don't think anybody in the history of the league has played at his level. At least over the last 40 years, when I take a look at the numbers and what he has done, I don't think anybody has played at his level. As we've talked about before, he's got a unique skill set -- his ability to throw, drop back, play action, put a threat on a defense with his running ability -- and he will just get better and better. He's just scratching the surface. And the reason I say that is because he works at it."

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Dolphins, Cowboys, Washington Interested In Trading For Nick Foles
Nick Foles lost his job as starting quarterback last season.

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Kirk Cousins Accepts Franchise Tender From Washington
Kirk Cousins won't miss any offseason work as a protest against the franchise tag.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Washington Uses Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag On Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins had a breakout season in 2015 as Washington's starting quarterback.

Grant Paulsen/106.7 The Fan

Washington Holding Robert Griffin III Trade Talks With Multiple Teams
Washington picked up Robert Griffin III's $16.15 million option for 2016.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Washington To Use Tag On Kirk Cousins
The franchise tag for the quarterback position would be worth $19.6 million while the transition tag would be worth $17.5 million.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chiefs, Eagles, Broncos Considered Top Spots For Robert Griffin
Robert Griffin III will be released by Washington by March 9th.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Washington Confirms Robert Griffin III Won't Return In 2016
Washington can release Robert Griffin any time until March 9th when the new league year begins.

John Keim/ESPN

Kirk Cousins, Washington Break Off Contract Talks
The franchise tag for Kirk Cousins would cost $20 million for a one-year contract.

John Keim/ESPN

Robert Griffin III Passes Exit Physical
Robert Griffin III lost his job as quarterback to Kirk Cousins.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

Oskar Garcia/AP

Kirk Cousins Wants To Avoid Becoming 'Flash In The Pan'
Kirk Cousins emerged this season as a starter quality quarterback.

John Keim/ESPN

Washington Prepared To Use Franchise Tag On Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins' one-year, guaranteed salary with the franchise tag would be approximately $20 million and a 20 percent raise for year two.

Albert Breer/NFL.com (via PFT)

Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings
The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

Andrew Siciliano/NFL.com

Kirk Cousins Likely To Remain With Washington
Kirk Cousins planned his free agency perfectly, leading Washington to the playoffs.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Washington Clinches NFC East With Win Over Eagles
Jay Gruden has been vindicated for his decision to start Kirk Cousins this season over Robert Griffin III.

Liz Clarke/Washington Post

Kirk Cousins Files 'You Like That' Trademark
Kirk Cousins shouted to a CSN Sportsnet camera "You Like That" after their comeback win on Oct. 25th.

Andie Hagemann/NFL.com

Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Washington Signs Pierre Thomas
Matt Jones and Alfred Morris are in a positional share for Washington.

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