Following a bevy of moves to start the week, the Washington Redskins did not partake in a lot of the large money contracts handed out to start free agency. Instead Scot McCloughan made calculated decisions by re-signing multiple players from the 2015 NFC East championship team. Here is everything you need to know about the first day of the 2016 NFL season.
- Following the release of Robert Griffin III on Monday, the Redskins only had one quarterback under contract, Kirk Cousins. The team would take care of that issue early Wednesday morning by re-signing veteran quarterback Colt McCoy to a long-term contract.
- Next up the Redskins would bring back their longest tenured player, Kedric Golston. After cutting Jason Hatcher and moving on from Terrance Knighton on Monday, it makes sense that the team re-sign one of their leaders on the defensive line. The terms of the deal for the aging body line up to allow the team to cut him should they feel he is not worthy of one of the 53 spots on the active roster.
- Another one of Washington's concerns after the season ended was to return middle linebacker Mason Foster after he played well to end the season. That move was accomplished today before the start of free agency. His inside linebacker mate Will Compton was certainly happy about his friend's return. The move made a lot of sense with Keenan Robinson bound to leave in free agency.
- In a move not known until officially announced by the team, safety Duke Ihenacho accepted his one-year, $1.67 million tender as a restricted free agent. The signing was expected following the cuts of Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson in Breaking Burgundy's defensive depth chart projections.
- Despite his restricted free agent status, reserve tackle Tom Compton will be moving on per CSN-Mid Atlantic reports. The veteran offensive linemen was at times used as a blocking tight end during the team's early struggles at the position due to injury.
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