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03.13.06 09:19 EST
This is another entry in the "LaVar to the Giants, not so fast. . ." log. In an article in Newsday, agent Carl Poston says that just because the former Redskins linebacker visited the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants first, that doesn't necessarily mean that they are the front runners to acquire his services. "They just happened to call and set up meetings early," Poston said.
Poston also said that they had not yet talked contract numbers with the Giants, which is nonsense. They didn't go all the way up there to say hi and tour the Jersey swamps. Perhaps a detailed contract wasn't proposed, but certainly there was some "here's what it will take" talk from Poston and some "here's our initial offer" talk from the Giants.
03.13.06 07:45 EST
Lane Adkins of scout.com analyzes the Brandon Lloyd trade/signing:
Lloyd persevered through a long season in San Francisco to put up good numbers, with a terrible offensive team. The primary go-to receiver in San Francisco, Lloyd proved to be a solid receiver, with good speed and quickness. Lloyd's strength is his ability to create separation, catching almost everything thrown his way, and the yardage he collects after the reception. His route running has improved over the past year and should only get better working with the Redskins' staff. Trading a third and fourth round draft selection for Lloyd should prove to be a steal for the Redskins.
03.13.06 07:10 EST
There is a world of difference in philosophies between the Redskins and the Chicago Bears. Both teams made the playoffs last year. The Bears made it to the second round by virtue of a bye while the Redskins won in Tampa Bay to advance to that round. Chicago lost at home to Carolina while the Redskins fell on the road to the eventual NFC champion Seahawks.
The Redskins, however, seem almost desperate to improve, while the Bears are content to let well enough alone. This paragraph from an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, after referencing a "lotto-style payday" for Antwaan Randle El, who the Bears had targeted, says volumes about the way the two teams approach doing things:
The Bears talked Sunday with the agent for former St. Louis Rams safety Adam Archuleta, but they have not scheduled a visit and are likely priced out of the market for a player expected to command as much as $4.5 million per year. The Bears have the money to pay Archuleta if they want and could have upped their offer to Randle El, but with only one 2005 starter on the market -- linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, a restricted free agent whose rights the Bears control -- they don't feel compelled to make an immediate move.
Since the only team that has talked to Archuleta has been the Redskins, they are the ones who have set the market. The Bears are $15 million under the cap but they don't seem to want to spend the money to improve their team. That last line their about not feeling compelled to make an immediate move says volumes.
This isn't to say that one approach is necessarily better than another. Perhaps patience with the players you have is a good approach. The Redskins are notorious for throwing a lot of money around to no avail.
However, teams who are sitting on the sidelines in free agency so far had better get over the sticker shock of the current wave of signings. Between the $10 million increase in the cap that was already planned and the additional $7 million that came via the CBA extension there is an additional half a billion dollars--that's billion with a "b"--for teams to spend on player salaries. The price of doing business has gone up and the teams that realize that are going to be the ones who get the jump on the others.
03.12.06 22:33 EST
According to ESPN.com (it's an Insider story), Jets DE John Abraham is scheduled to visit Redskins Park tonight. The Redskins would have to make a trade for New York's franchise player if they were to sign him to a deal. The compensation market for franchise players is a bit hard to predict but without a first-round selection, the Redskins would have to get quite creative.
This is Abraham's first visit and it pretty well came out of the blue. As a matter of policy, the Redskins do not announce player visits, but word often leaks out through agents and through other means. Defensive end Andre Carter left Redskins Park earlier today without signing a contract. The position is considered to be a major area of need for Washington.
03.12.06 21:26 EST
Here's the evaluation of Christian Fauria from Lane Adkins of scout.com:
A true possession type receiver, Fauria has been effective in the red-zone and short yardage for the Seahawks. An above average receiver at this point in his career, Fauria will battle defenders for a reception, as well as fight to maintain a blocking assignment. At this time, Fauria is a well-rounded type tight-end that should not be expected to catch 50-balls a season, but rather a solid teammate and professional that knows how to play the game.
03.12.06 20:55 EST
The Redskins PR department also finally confirmed the Randle El signing. Not sure if they're done for the night or not.
ASHBURN, VA – The Washington Redskins announced today they have signed wide receiver Antwaan Randle El. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Randle El is a versatile talent who is a threat on both offense and special teams. He is expected to provide another play-making option for the Redskins potent offense as well as in the return game on special teams.
The Redskins and Head Coach Joe Gibbs will introduce Randle El in a press conference tomorrow, Monday, March 13th at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Redskins Park.
Randle El, 5-10, 192 lbs., is a four-year NFL veteran who spent the beginning of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has played in 64 career games with 23 starts and compiled 159 receptions for 1,985 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition to his offensive production, Randle El totaled 1,594 yards on 167 punt returns and 1,742 yard on 77 kickoff returns.
In 2005, Randle El was an intricate part of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championship season, finishing third in receptions with 35 for 558 yards and one touchdown. The former college quarterback completed three-for-three passes for 67 yards and one touchdown during the year. He also returned 44 punts for 448 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season. He had a spectacular Super Bowl performance, catching three passes for 22 yards and took a reverse and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward, solidifying a Steelers championship. He became the first wide receiver in Super Bowl history to throw a touchdown pass.
Randle El was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft from Indiana University. He finished his career as the most productive dual-threat quarterback in NCAA history gaining 11,384 total yards with 86 touchdowns. He is the only Division I player in NCAA history to obtain 6,00 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing and is the only player to pass and score 40 touchdowns.
03.12.06 20:30 EST
Redskins sign Fauria--TE Christina Fauria has signed with the Redskins. The press release:
ASHBURN, VA – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed tight end Christian Fauria. Terms of contract were not disclosed. Fauria is an experienced veteran that will add immediate depth to the Redskins offense.
Fauria, 6-4, 250 lbs., has played in 167 games with 119 starts during his 11-year NFL career. During that time span he has recorded 245 receptions for 2,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. He spent the previous four seasons with the New England Patriots, where he was a member of the Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX championship teams.
Prior to joining the Patriots, he spent seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Fauria played in all 16 games (starting 10) in 2005 finishing the year with eight catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
Fauria began his NFL career as a second round (39th overall) selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1995 NFL Draft. As a rookie he played in 14 games, with 12 starts, and caught 17 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown.
Fauria played at the University of Colorado where he finished his career with 98 catches for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 98 catches ranked him fourth all-time in school history while the 1,058 yards ranked him ninth all-time. He was named first-team all Big 8 and third-team All-American as a senior. Fauria is a native of Northridge, California where he attended Crespi High School.
03.12.06 20:25 EST
Here is the analysis on the Antwaan Randle El acquisition offered by Lane Adkins of scout.com:
This jack-of-all trades talent lands where he certainly can fill a need. Randle-El is an explosive talent in the return game and is not as well known for his skills as a receiver. In Washington, Randle-El will quickly team with wide receivers Santana Moss and Brandon Lloyd to provide the Redskins a deadly combination of speed and quickness, while giving a jump-start to the Washington return game. Randle-El creates separation with ease and gets into his routes quickly, while catching the ball well.
03.12.06 19:37 EST
Better late than never, I guess. Here's the Redskins press release for the acquisition of Brandon Lloyd:
ASHBURN, VA – The Washington Redskins announced today they have acquired wide receiver Brandon Lloyd in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lloyd is a dynamic playmaker with the size, speed and athletic ability that will add to the team's talented group of wide receivers.
The Redskins will introduce Lloyd in a press conference tomorrow, Monday, March 13 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Redskins Park.
Lloyd, 6-0, 192 lbs., is a three-year veteran of the NFL who has spent his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers. Lloyd has played in 45 games with 29 starts, tallying 105 receptions for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns.
In 2005, Lloyd had his best season, leading the 49ers in receptions (48), receiving yards (733) and touchdowns (5). He recorded single-game career-highs in receiving yards (142), touchdowns (2) and long (89t) against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3. The following week he recorded a career-best seven receptions for 102 yards against the Arizona Cardinals.
Lloyd was drafted out of Illinois in the fourth round (124th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft by San Francisco. He finished his collegiate career second all-time at Illinois in receiving yardage (2,583) and career touchdown receptions (21).
03.12.06 18:07 EST
It's a done deal. Randle El is a Redskin, the ? has been removed from the article headline. There are a couple of different versions of a contract being reported out there, the Post is reporting that it's for seven years and up to $31 million, with $11.5 million guaranteed.
03.12.06 17:54 EST
The NFL Network reported earlier today that LaVar Arrington had agreed to terms with the Giants. According to John Keim, this is not a done deal yet, according to a "very, very good source" he talked to about 30 minutes ago.
03.12.06 17:36 EST
Adam Archuleta is still at Redskins Park. I don't think that he hung around to work out in their state of the art weight room or hang out at the players' lounge downstairs or otherwise enjoy the early spring like weather in DC. He's trying to hammer out a deal and the Redskins are trying to make him one he can't refuse.
03.12.06 17:10 EST
Christian Fauria is currently visiting Redskins Park. The 34-year-old tight end is from the New England Patriots. He is the blocking TE that the Redskins are looking for following the loss of Robert Royal as a free agent.
Antwaan Randle El is now a member of the Redskins, maybe. ESPN is reporting it John Keim and the other reporters at Redskins Park are trying to confirm it. The four-letter network is not attributing its report, so they're having a little difficulty.
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.