After sitting back and watching the rest of the league, specifically the New York Giants, throw around money to start free agency, the Washington Redskins finally got in on the action. Consistent with general manger Scot McCloughan's track record, the Redskins made a small risk move instead of making flashy deals like the past regime would.
Logan Paulsen will be returning to the Burgundy and Gold on a one-year deal after missing all of the 2015 season with a severe turf toe injury.
With the likelihood of no full back on the roster, offensive line coach Bill Callahan will probably have the flexibility of four tight ends when you include Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, and Derek Carrier. Of course the latter two are also coming off of season-ending injuries which possibly tilted the Redskins to bringing back Paulsen to begin with.
The undrafted free agent pickup in 2010 has spent his entire career in Washington where he has totaled 801 yards and six touchdowns. However the biggest lure was his skill as a pure blocking tight end, not as a receiver. Unlike Tom Compton, who was not re-signed, Paulsen at least gives the threat of a receiver which the Redskins missed last season.
Middle linebacker @Will Compton clearly approves of the move.
- During the morning hours news broke that the Redskins had finally signed their first outside free agent, Kendall Reyes. The former Chargers defensive end has not had the greatest production over the past two seasons, especially relative to his first two years in the league, but will provide another body to compete for a roster spot on the line.
- Amid other quarterback news, including Brock Osweiler signing a mega-deal in Houston, Redskins president Bruce Allen believes Kirk Cousins' agent will "engage us [Redskins] again in talks ... as soon as free agency dies down." Washington has until July 15 to hash out a long-term deal before the $19.953 million franchise tag goes into effect.
- Former Redskins defensive lineman Frank Kearse has reached a deal with the New England Patriots after taking an official visit with the Pats yesterday.
- In the latest Robert Griffin III update, it appears a landing spot of Denver is significantly less 48 hours later because of the Broncos acquisition of Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Mark Sanchez for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2017. Today news broke that Griffin is scheduled to have an official visit with the New York Jets. This could be a ploy to lower Ryan Fitzpatrick's asking price or a sincere opportunity for Griffin to start, but it will certainly be interesting to see how the former Heisman award winner would deal with a media market even bigger than that in the Nation's Capital. No deal is imminent per a Washington Post source but the Jets are looking to do their homework while their focus remains re-signing Fitzpatrick.
- At the same time that Reyes was signing his one-year deal with the Redskins, the team was conducting an official visit with undrafted free agent Terence Garvin. The inside linebacker is two-years removed from a West Virginia University career and has spent that time as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Garvin, a Baltimore native, could potentially take Keenan Robinson's roster spot as a proven worker on special teams.
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