WASHINGTON — The 2017 NFL league year kicked off at 4 p.m. on Thursday, ushering in the gold rush of free agency. The Washington Redskins were active early and often, and here’s a running timeline of the news and notes that you need to know:
Adding by subtracting from a division opponent again would be a coup for the Redskins, especially after members of the Eagles front office publicly confirmed they are trying to retain Logan in free agency. It doesn’t hurt that it also addresses a specific Redskins need.
NFL Network Analyst Emerges as GM Candidate
Mike Mayock’s thoughts on Kirk Cousins are clear and have been publicly recorded: He thinks Cousins is the QB of Washington’s future. That opinion could carry more weight now, as the NFL Network analyst has emerged as a candidate to replace Scot McCloughan as Redskins GM.
Kirk Cousins Signs Franchise Tag Tender
It’s been a little over a week since the Redskins extended the exclusive franchise tag to Kirk Cousins. In that time, they’ve lost key contributors on offense — including top receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson — to free agency, and they’ve fired their GM. What hadn’t yet occurred, and finally did on Friday afternoon, was Cousins signing his franchise tag tender. He can now be kept or traded.
Will Compton: Free Agency Greeter
As Redskins free agents are fleeing D.C. at breakneck speed, Skins linebacker Will Compton has taken it upon himself to welcome the new arrivals.
McCloughan’s firing comes a little more than two years into what was to be a four-year deal, and a week after McCloughan was left behind for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. It also arrives at the start of free agency.
The Redskins went 17-14-1 in two seasons under McCloughan and won an NFC East championship in 2016.
The Redskins pushed to fill a void at safety on Thursday by signing hard-hitting free agent D.J. Swearinger to a three-year contract worth $4.5 million per year, a source told 106.7 The Fan.
Swearinger has played for three teams in four years, but he is still just 25. He started 12 games for Arizona in 2016 and played in all 16. Swearinger finished with 66 tackles, eight passes defended, two sacks and three interceptions.
The one-time quarterback at Ohio State made the full-time transition to receiver with the Browns last season. Washington saw his talent in person in an Oct. 2 game at FedEx Field. Pryor’s size – he’s 6-foot-4, 233 pounds – gave cornerback Josh Norman fits in the first half of that game. Pryor caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown and tossed Norman around like a rag toll. He’s that physically imposing.
Redskins Subtract Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson
Redskins Subtract Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon
Redskins Subtract Defensive Lineman Chris Baker
McGee, a 6-3, 308-pound tackle, was a sixth-round pick by the Raiders in 2013 and has recorded 63 combined tackles and three sacks over his first four NFL seasons. McGee’s deal is for five years, $25 million ($5 million AAV), per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
McClain, 28, had 2.5 sacks for Dallas last season in his first year as a starter with that team. The contract is worth $21 million. McClain led all Cowboys linemen with 41 tackles and had two forced fumbles in 2016.
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