New Redskins in Uniform on Madden

 

OK I admit it, I am a Madden nerd. Every year I find myself waiting at midnight so excited to give EA Sports my hard-earned money for the newest Madden. I also admit that as soon as the Redskins announced roster moves like adding RG3 and Pierre Garcon, I had to update my copy of Madden to see how the new guys play.

I took a few pics of the new guys so you could see them all in uniform for the first time anywhere. OK maybe seeing the guys in Madden doesn’t count but it sure is fun. Sorry the pics are kinda crappy but since I have no clue how to rip screen shots right from the PS3 this is the best I can do.

You can check out the first video footage that I have seen on the internet of RG3 throwing a 17 yard TD to Pierre Garcon, and check out the pics of the guys in Redskins gear below.

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Redskins Add Meriweather

On Tuesday afternoon the Washington Redskins signed Free Agent Safety Brandon Meriweather. For fans and co-members of the blogosphere, the reaction has been a lot like Meriweather’s career – inconsistent.

Sure the guy went to back-to-back Pro Bowls, but he also has built a reputation for being reckless, a coverage liability (at times) and uninspired. Not to mention the checkered past while at Miami including a shooting incident (in which no charges were filed against Meriweather because he carried his gun legally) and an infamous brawl that found Meriweather stomping an opponent (much like Albert Haynesworth) causing him to get suspended for the remainder of the season. Not to mention he only started 4 games last season with Chicago.

Truth is, the guy is definitely going to be a project, but he may be just the type of project for a guy like Raheem Morris. He fits the mold of what Allen and Shanahan have been doing here in DC for the last two years.

In Meriweather, the Redskins are getting a young player entering his prime (he just turned 28) with unreached potential. He has been voted to two Pro Bowls, proving the talent is there, the questions is can Haslett and Morris bring it out?

We are past the point of using veteran players to patch this 3-4 defense and make it respectable. Now it’s about finding the right young talent that can flourish in this system.

Meriweather’s speed is one of the biggest reasons I believe Shanahan is willing to take a gamble on him.

Mike has made it perfectly clear that he lusts after guys with speed in his secondary. With a 4.45 forty time, Meriweather possesses the ability to cover a lot of ground quickly, taking away the big pass play.

I’m not going to sit here and blow smoke pretending this guy is a perfect fit or that he will come in here and be an instant All Pro. This is a low-risk move on a guy who possesses the talent to be a Pro Bowl Safety in the NFL. With a young passionate safety coach like Morris, there is a great chance this Meriweather can achieve his untapped potential.

Just like last year, bringing in guys like Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield, the Redskins are bringing in guys who are more role players than superstars. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are building a TEAM, not a collection of fancy names. At the very least I am willing to give this one a chance.

Updated Free Agency Tracker:

Players Added

QB Robert Griffin III – Trade with St Louis for 2nd overall pick in the draft

WR Pierre Garcon – FA Indianapolis

WR/KR Josh Morgan – FA San Francisco

FS Brandon Merriweather – FA Chicago

CB Cedric Griffin Minnesota

Players Re-Signed

DE Adam Carriker

Players Lost

FB Mike Sellers

FS OJ Atogwe

SS Laron Landry

WR Donte’ Stallworth

Players on the Hot Seat

WR Santana Moss

WR Jabar Gaffney

RT Jamal Brown

WR Brandon Banks

WR Anthony Armstrong

Targets

ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington

FB Owen Schmitt – FA Philadelphia

Operation Re-Sign London Fletcher

Over the last couple of weeks, Redskins fans have been sending messages to London Fletcher on Twitter, letting him know how much he means to not only the team, but also them (the fans). Unfortunately, Fletcher has still not signed a deal with the Washington Redskins, and it appears that they could be losing him. It’s time to make the final push Redskins Nation, take to Twitter and let Fletcher know we need him!

Twitter: @LFletcher59

Make sure to include the hash tag #ReSign59 and spread the word to your friends.

Redskin Players Using Twitter to Recruit Fletcher

So it looks like Josh Wilson is not the only Redskin trying to get London back in Burgundy and Gold.

Last night we shared this tweet from Josh to London.

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It turns out Josh isn’t the only member of the defense that wants his captain back.

Returning DE Adam Carriker got in on peer pressure on Tuesday night and continued on Wednesday.

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Joking or not the Redskins need to get their Defensive Captain back. It is nice to see players join the fans in letting London know we want to keep him in DC.

God Bless You Josh Wilson

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Nothing like a little peer pressure. Keep it up guys we need London back in the worst way.

Redskins Free Agency Round Up Day 1 – Free Agency Tracker

The 2012 NFL off-season has been anything, but boring for Washington Redskins fan. Really though, what do you expect from the team crowned “Off-season Champs” year after year?

Unless you have been living under a rock or abducted by aliens you knew that the Redskins agreed to trade with the St. Louis Rams late Friday night, giving them the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The pick is sure to bring the Redskins their first franchise QB in nearly three decades with Robert Griffin III.

Though the deal was agreed upon and confirmed over the weekend, it was not made official until the start of the league year today at 4pm.

Locking down the QB of the future gave the Redskins the ability to spend the early part of Tuesday’s Free Agency opening concentrating on giving RG3 the weapons he needs to succeed.

Bruce Allen wasted no time on Tuesday afternoon signing Free Agent WR Pierre Garcon within the first 30 minutes to a 5 year deal worth just over 40 million dollars. It’s important to note that Garcon’s salary for 2012 is only 5.6 million (helping the team deal with the wonderful NFL Cap-Gate fines).

Moments later word broke that San Francisco WR Josh Morgan had agreed to a deal as well.

Rumors late Tuesday night point to former Denver WR Eddie Royal agreeing to terms with the team, reuniting the versatile WR/KR with his former Head Coach.

The Redskins also brought back one of their own locking up DE Adam Carriker to a long term deal.

The flurry of WR signings does a few things for this team, and while on the surface the upgrades appear minor – I have to believe that these moves are nothing if not methodical.

While we have from now until September to argue whether these moves will work out, there is no denying that Allen has made good on his promise to infuse this offense with youth.

All three receivers are younger than 26 years old, and just like last year’s Free Agency class, they are hungry players entering the prime of their careers.

You have to believe that these moves also spell the end of the road for guys like Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth in D.C.

While it is hard to see favorites like Moss on the way out, it is refreshing to see the Redskins getting younger at every position – not only through the draft, but through free agency as well.

For the first time since arriving in D.C. Mike Shanahan appears to be putting together an offensive unit that has his fingerprints all over it.

Free Agency Tracker:

Players Added

QB Robert Griffin III – Trade with St Louis for 2nd overall pick in the draft

WR Pierre Garcon – FA Indianapolis

WR/KR Josh Morgan – FA San Francisco

FS Brandon Merriweather – FA Chicago

Players Re-Signed

DE Adam Carriker

Players Lost

FB Mike Sellers

FS OJ Atogwe

Players on the Hot Seat

WR Santana Moss

WR Jabar Gaffeny

WR Donte’ Stallworth

SS Laron Landry

RT Jamal Brown

WR Brandon Banks

WR Anthony Armstrong

Targets

ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington

WR/KR Eddie Royal – FA Denver

RT Eric Winston – FA Houston

CB Aaron Ross – FA New York Giants

Redskins Sign Pierre Garcon

The Washington Redskins first free-agent acquisition of the day came with former Indianapolis Colt’s wide receiver, Pierre Garcon. Garcon scored six touchdowns, while hauling in 947 yards last season.

Garcon took to Facebook to announce he would be signing with the Washington Redskins, saying the following:

“I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news… I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I’m very excited about the opportunity in front of me.”

Garcon could become the Kendall Wright for Robert Griffin III.

Washington is still in the hunt for another wide receiver and possible linemen. Stay tuned for more free-agent signings.

Bruce Allen to NFL “Come at Me Bro!”

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Today reports surfaced that the NFL was fining the Redskins 36 million dollars for front loading contracts in the uncapped year.

Ate problem with that is there was ya know, no salary cap or rules against reworking deals to get under the cap.

I for one was pumped when the team fixed the ten years of “cap hell” they had suffered under Vinny Cerratto. So I was especially ticked off to hear that the Redskins went from nearly 40 million in cap today to next to nothing.

Then Bruce Allen did his best Clint Eastwood impression with his official quote on the situation:

“The Washington Redskins have received no written documentation from the NFL concerning adjustments to the team salary cap in 2012 as reported in various media outlets. Every contract entered into by the club during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner’s office. We look forward to free agency, the draft and the coming football season.”

If no one has told you this today Bruce, I freaking love you!

Even if it looks like this whole cluster of fines sticks it’s nice to know this front office has the stones to stand up for itself against Pappa Goodell.

Redskins Ready to Reign again

During the dominating era of the 80’s and early 90’s, the Redskins were known as one of the most powerful teams in the NFL. The entire city of Washington D.C was behind them and fans took pride in claiming to root for the burgundy and gold. Their logo and other Redskins gear made it in movies, such as “D.C Taxi” and “National Lampoons Vacation,” as well as all over the city and county.

When teams saw Washington on their schedule, they knew they were in for a 60 minute fight of their lives at least once during the season.

Since then, things have changed, dramatically. Washington D.C is gaining more Cowboys, Eagles, Giants and Steelers fans. You’re lucky to find a Redskins flag flying or piece of gear anywhere in a store – and it’s hard to find somebody who claims to be a Redskins fans like they used to. The team has turned into constant mistakes of throwing money at past their prime veterans or the drafting of players who have been overrated.

All of that is about to change.

Since Joe Gibbs left (both times), the Redskins have been looking for “their guy.” Through the many mistakes of Steve Spurrier, Norv Turner and Jim Zorn, the Redskins may have finally found him in Mike Shanahan. Shanahan is a coach that doesn’t take trouble from anyone (see Albert Haynesworth), but also knows when to correct a mistake he’s made (see Donovan McNabb). Not to mention the plan he has and the types of players he’s bringing in to ensure that it works.

After just two full seasons in Washington, Mike Shanahan has done something all three of those coaches failed to do. He’s turned the image of the Washington Redskins around to not only the fans, but also the media and NFL. A place one known for past their prime veterans and massive contracts are gone. He’s made it quite clear if you’re going to come to Washington, you are not only going to play like a professional, but you’re also going to act like one.

Besides all of that, Mike Shanahan has cleaned out the majority of Zorn and Cerrato’s mistakes. The players on the roster today want to play, they try and never give up. From 00:01-60:00 you know you’re going to get a hard-hitting and determined football team – and though they may not win every time, they will give you 100% effort on the field.

In return, Washington is now become a city that players want to come to because they see themselves winning. Only one man before Mike Shanahan was able to do this, Joe Gibbs.

There’s still a couple of steps to go, but the foundation is near complete.

Get ready Washington, the District is about to be taken over once again by the Redskins. Burgundy and gold will soar high, streets will be empty on game day, FedExField will be shaking like RFK and the best ticket in town will be to a Redskins game.

RG3 Should Cause a Chain Reaction in Redskins Off-Season Plans

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Rejoice Redskins Nation, it is a good time to be a fan of the burgundy and gold. Friday night’s announcement that the Redskins had acquired the 2nd pick overall in the 2012 draft to bring Robert Griffin III to DC brings something this team has not had since Lawrence Taylor ended Joe Theisman’s career – hope for a franchise quarterback.

Everyone and their brother has debated whether this was or wasn’t a good move (heck we even did just yesterday). So let’s get past the whole should they or shouldn’t they and look at what this does to the Redskins off-season plans.

Whether you love or hate the move, there is no denying that it sent a shockwave through this organization (and pretty much the entire NFL). For a team that needs a lot on offense this set the table for tomorrow’s start of Free Agency.

Step one has to be giving the kid some weapons and the Redskins are targeting the most dangerous one in this year’s free agent class.

Since the season ended Mike and Kyle have both been on record stating they need a big time playmaker on offense, specifically at wide receiver. All reports point to the fact that a big receiver like Vincent Jackson will be the Redskins top target. To be honest at this point I would be absolutely shocked if they did not get him.

Let’s look at what we know.

Mike Shanahan is absolutely in love with Jackson. After coaching against him twice a year while in Denver he is more than aware of what Jackson can do on the field. Two years ago when Jackson was seeking trade from San Diego after being franchised, it was Mike Shanahan on the phone with AJ Smith trying to bring him to DC.

The Redskins were willing to pay a heavy price for that trade, believed to be at least a second round pick at the time. The typically tight lipped Shanahan even admitted to being involved in the trade talks once the deadline had passed without a deal.

Outside of the Shanahan infatuation Jackson has some family ties already on the roster.

During his college career at the University of Northern Colorado, Jackson was teammates and roommates with Redskins safety Reed Doughty. You have to believe the brass in Ashburn have had Doughty make one or two recruiting phone calls, perhaps they spoke of the arrival of RG3. The point being Jackson should and most likely already does have a good idea of what to expect in DC. The inside track could lead to a quick close on this deal.

In years past when you hear the Redskins were in love with a big time play maker you knew that they were going to throw money at said player until they agreed to come. The results were disastrous. Time and time again the team trotted out big names so consumed with counting their newly acquired fortunes that playing the game became secondary.

Thankfully those days are over.

Bringing in an explosive playmaker like RG3 takes Washington from being a team to go collect a paycheck to playing for a team that can be absolutely dynamic and that is extremely attractive to Free Agents.

Don’t get me wrong I still expect the team to pay a pretty hefty price, I would guess it should be somewhere in the range of 5 years 55 million. But the truth is having one of the most exciting players to come out of college football in over a decade locked up should go a long way in convincing guys like Jackson that DC is not just a place to get paid, but a place to win.