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Our sister site for the Vikings, a pretty well-wired site as far as that team goes, is saying that Minnesota has some interest in Patrick Ramsey. The more the better to drive the price up.
03.12.06 05:27 EST
Antwaan Randle El has rejected the Bears' initial contract offer of 5 years and $25 million. It is believed that he is seeking a sixth season to be added on to the deal. The final season on such a contract would be relatively meaningless anyway as the signing bonus can only be prorated over five seasons and a team could easily cut him if it didn't want to pay the final season.
Still, it is believed that Randle El will give both the Bears and the Steelers an opportunity to match any offer he may receive before he signs with another team.
03.11.06 22:25 EST
The Wizards game ended a short while ago and it will be an hour or so before the limo caravan carrying Randle El, Archuleta, Collins and Carter as well as Cooley, Vinny and the rest of the Redskins organization gets back to Redskins Park. It is only then that contract proposals will be formally given. It's likely that if there is a second brand-new Redskin to join Brandon Lloyd in a Monday press conference word won't come until at some point early Sunday morning.
It's a pretty good bet that if there is one it will be either Collins or Carter. Archuleta and Randle El have said that they would visit other teams before deciding on who to sign with. Randle El has ties to Chicago and the Bears have a lucrative proposal waiting form him, according to reports (see below), so it would be particularly surprising if he were to sign tonight. Archuleta is also scheduled to meet with the Bears.
I don't think that the Redskins would want to sign Collins before dealing Patrick Ramsey. As of now, if they don't get an adequate offer for him they have the option of keeping him on the roster, at least until training camp. The presence of Collins would lower Ramsey's value considerable as other teams would know that the Redskins have to deal him.
That makes Carter the most likely to ink a deal in the next 24 hours.
03.11.06 21:02 EST
John Keim that he has been told "with confidence" that there will be a press conference at Redskins Park on Monday. He was under the impression that it wouldn't be just to introduce Brandon Lloyd.
03.11.06 20:50 EST
Update from John Keim at the Wizards game:
Sitting courtside next to the Pistons' bench: Cooley, Jason Campbell, Adam Archuleta and Antwaan Randle El.
03.11.06 20:30 EST
Along with Andre Carter, Adam Archuleta, Brandon Lloyd, and Antwaan Randle El, the other early target of the Redskins is Kansas City quarterback Todd Collins. The connection is there with new offensive guru Al Saunders. The obvious implication here is that Patrick Ramsey is not long for Ashburn.
03.11.06 20:30 EST
Report from John Keim, who is covering the Washington Wizards game:
The Redskins have a full contingent here: Most, if not all, of the coaching staff and Vinny Cerrato are in Dan Snyder's box. So, too, is Chris Cooley and it appears that Adam Archuleta and Andre Carter are in the box as well.
03.11.06 20:21 EST
Analysis--When the free agency period opened, Brandon Lloyd was at the top of the Redskins' list. As usual, they wasted little time in getting the guy they wanted.
Washington traded a third-round pick this season and a fourth-rounder in 2007 to acquire Lloyd, a receiver. They're expected to sign him to a long-term deal.
The Niners apparently were more than willing to trade him. Stories in San Francisco circulated about him having an ''abrasive'' personality and not a good locker room guy, which, if true, makes him a questionable acquisition and an unlikely match for a Joe Gibbs team. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, several defensive players told Niners coach Mike Nolan the team would be better off without him.
But clearly the Redskins disagree. They see the 6-foot, 192-pound Lloyd as filling a hole at receiver. Also, with the Redskins record of mostly duds in the third and fourth rounds, surrendering draft picks shouldn't hurt them.
But one Redskins source said Lloyd's arrival does not mean Antwaan Randle El does not factor in their plans. Randle El was at Redskins Park today and was expected to attend a Wizards game tonight. A Bears source said he's expected in Chicago Sunday.In three seasons with the 49ers, Lloyd has 105 catches and 13 touchdowns. He had 48 catches for 733 yards and five scores this past season in a woeful passing attack.--John Keim
03.11.06 19:54 EST
Safety Ryan Clark has not yet signed and reportedly will visit other teams. It would be a shame for both sides. Clark is an excellent defensive leader and is someone Sean Taylor likes to be paired with. Pierson Prioleau is OK at safety, but he's better in a No. 3/occasional starter role. Of course, that's why they're going after Archuleta, who is bigger than Clark.--John Keim
03.11.06 19:17 EST
According to the AP, he Redskins have dealt for San Francisco WR Brandon Lloyd. They will part with their third round selection this year and their fourth in 2007 for the rights to sign the three-year player. It is assumed that they have come to terms with Lloyd, but nothing has been announced. John Clayton of ESPN.com said earlier in the day that he expected that the deal would carry a signing bonus of somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million.
03.11.06 17:40 EST
Redskins tight end Robert Royal has signed with the Buffalo Bills. The deal is for five years and is worth about $10 million, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. The Redskins wanted to keep their starter, but the price was too steep. They are looking for a TE with better blocking skills.
Scout.com Analysis--The Bills are seeking a tight-end which possesses receiving skills to be a threat in the intermediate passing game. While his blocking skills are suspect, Royal came into his own during the 2005 season in Washington and fits the mode of receiver first, improving blocking type player the team targeted.
03.11.06 09:15 EST
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the price tag for Antwaan Randle El may be quite steep. The report says that the Pittsburgh WR's agent and the Bears are discussing a deal of five or six years, believed to be valued in excess of $20 million. Four million a year for a #2 or #3 receiver is a pretty steep cost of doing business.
03.11.06 08:46 EST
There may be a reason that the 49ers are willing to let Brandon Lloyd go at a price representing a discount from the first-round pick that they would be entitled to under normal circumstances. It seems that he has a tendency to annoy the coaches and some of his teammates, according to this AP story from 11.22.05:
Brandon Lloyd's one-handed catches have become almost commonplace for the San Francisco 49ers this season.
Coach Mike Nolan wants to make sure his receiver's tendency to annoy his teammates isn't a regularity as well.
A day after Lloyd made seven catches for 119 yards in a loss to Seattle, Nolan revealed he had spoken to his top wideout twice last week about sharp-edged comments regarding his teammates and the media after a loss to Chicago one week earlier.
According to reports, Lloyd is scheduled to visit Redskins Park on Sunday.
03.11.06 08:15 EST
The LaVar Arrington to the Giants scenario may just be a figment of the collective imaginations of LaVar and of former teammate Antonio Pierce, now New York's middle linebacker. Arrington has said that he'd like to stay in the NFC East so that he could play in FedEx Field once a year. Since he also said that he couldn't see playing for Dallas and the Eagles aren't interested, that leaves the Giants. Pierce reportedly has lobbied for the team to make a play for Arrington and it appears that he will visit the Meadowlands in the next few days. But, according to the New York Daily News:
It's not clear how interested the Giants really are in the 27-year-old Arrington, who made his first free-agent visit to the Miami Dolphins yesterday. There are rumors he wants a signing bonus of $10 million, which is a lot for a player who lost his starting job last season and did not record a sack.
It says here that Arrington will wind up in Cleveland.
03.11.06 08:06 EST
A report in the New York Daily News says that the Jets have offered a seventh-round pick for Patrick Ramsey, but the Redskins are holding out for a fourth or better. I trust that Joe Gibbs laughed out loud when the offer was made. If Drew Brees is off the market quickly, Ramsey should be one of the more appealing prospects left. They can do better than that and, if they can't, it's better to keep him as the second- or third-string QB in 2006.
03.11.06 08:00 EST
According to our trackers, Redskins One is still on the ground in San Jose. That would make sense as it's 5 AM there and there is no sense in Andre Carter or Brandon Lloyd having a 3 AM wakeup call for a free agent visit. It probably won't be in the air for a couple of hours.
03.11.06 07:35 EST
There are widely varying reports as to what the Redskins would give up in compensation for Brandon Lloyd. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Redskins are offering a third-round pick this year and a fourth in next year's draft. Another report in the San Jose Mercury News said that the deal being considered was a pair of second-round picks. The San Jose report references the Washington Post, but the Post has never said what the picks for compensation might be.
03.11.06 07:19 EST
There are unconfirmed reports that C LeCharles Bentley has signed with the Eagles in a move that has been long anticipated. He was rated among the top free agents on the market and he is expected to receive a contract paying him upwards of $6 million a year.
03.11.06 07:19 EST
The Eagles have cap money to spend galore. However, committing six million a year to a center seems to be overspending. Bentley is an outstanding player, no doubt, but is he worth the difference between that and, say, a $2 million a year center? Six mil is left tackle money.
03.11.06 06:55 EST
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslet "played phone tag" with safety Adam Archuleta on Friday as the team made a last ditch effort to sign him before free agency opened up. The paper also stated that the Rams would have to reach Archuleta in Saturday at Redskins Park as they expect him to be on a plane to DC this morning.
03.11.06 06:50 EST
The more that is learned about Archuleta, the more he makes a good fit here. He's a good blitzer and hitter and solid in run support. He entering the prime years of his career (he'll be 28 in November). The thought of him and Sean Taylor manning the deep middle for the Redskins can't be a good one for opposing receivers.
03.11.06 02:26 EST
WR Koren Robinson, mentioned as a potential free agent target for the Redskins, has re-signed with the Vikings. Robinson took advantage of the opportunity the Vikings provided him upon his signing early in the 2005 season. Quickly becoming a factor in the kick return game, Robinson has become a fixture in Minnesota and was evolving in the Vikings passing game. Under new head coach Brad Childress' offensive scheme, Robinson could play a major role. With his maturity on the rise, now may be the time Robinson begins to play to his potential.
03.10.06 20:43 EST
A whole bunch of names floated by Jason at the Washington Post:
Defensive end Andre Carter (San Francisco), defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu (Baltimore), safety Adam Archuleta (St. Louis) and quarterback Todd Collins (Kansas City) were expected to draw strong interest from Washington as soon as the market opened, and league sources believe wide receiver Antwaan Randle El (Pittsburgh), defensive end Darren Howard (New Orleans) and a cornerback like Andre Dyson (Seattle) could be contacted as well.
03.10.06 22:19 EST
The Packers have resigned one of their own, DE Aaron Kampman, just hours before he would have been an unrestricted free agent. He was one of the top defensive ends available and may have been a good fit among the Redskins blue-collar group on the D-Line
03.10.06 22:06 EST
The Oakland Raiders, having released QB Kerry Collins earlier today, will not be making an offer for Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper. This could mean that the Raiders are another possible suitor for the services of Patrick Ramsey. The Redskins are trying to get a second- or third-round pick for Ramsey, but now the offers seem to be no better than a fifth-rounder.
3.10.06 21:40 EST
The Redskins' preliminary targets in free agency are said to be two 49ers, WR Brandon Lloyd and DE Andre Carter, Rams safety Adam Archuleta, and WR Antwaan Randle El of the Steelers. Some claim to be able to track Dan Snyder's private jet and they are saying that it is on its way to San Jose. This is the airport closest to the 49ers training facility.
3.10.06 21:29 EST
Lloyd is a restricted free agent and the 49ers would have the right to match any offer that the Redskins or any other team might make for him. If the 49ers decline to match, they would receive a first-round pick as compensation. The Redskins could not sign Lloyd via the conventional method as they do not own a first-rounder. The would have to make arrangements for other compensation with San Francisco.
3.10.06 21:15 EST
Whatever you say about whatever happens, just remember this: Joe Gibbs makes the decisions for the Washington Redskins. Don't blame (or praise) Dan Snyder, Vinnie Cerrato, Al Saunders, Gregg Williams or anyone but the head coach a president of the team, Joe Jackson Gibbs.
3.10.06 20:55 EST
Former Redskin LaVar Arrington visits Miami--Linebacker LaVar Arrington had his first official visit has a free agent with the Miami Dolphins.
3.10.06 20:38 EST
Patrick Ramsey on the move to the Jets? – QB (Washington) Ramsey has been given permission to visit teams, in hopes of getting a deal done. The Redskins refuse to release the young quarterback and will ultimately take a mid-round draft selection for him. The Dolphins and Jets have been talking with the Redskins and Ramsey, with the Jets appearing to be on the verge of agreeing to a deal for the quarterback.