SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Jason Hatcher #97 of the Washington Redskins reacts after he sacked Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Former Cowboys, Redskins DE Jason Hatcher retires

Another solid, dependable member of the 2006 draft class has retired after a decade-long career Former Cowboys and Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher hung it up after a career highlighted by a 2013 Pro Bowl berth. His agent, Jordan Woy, announced Hatcher’s decision on Twitter. Jason Hatcher (Cowboys/redskins) is retiring from the NFL. A great […]

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 07: Running back Silas Redd #32 of the Washington Redskins breaks through the tackle of cornerback E.J. Gaines #33 of the St. Louis Rams at FedExField on December 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

What should Redskins fans make of Silas Redd?

Was Silas Redd’s decision to jump ship on Penn State a warning about substance abuse? Stay with me on this. Hog Heaven never met Silas Redd, who is was third on the Redskins depth chart at running back. So we don’t know what to make of the news of his indefinite suspension for violating the […]

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Robert Nkemdiche #5 of the Mississippi Rebels in action against Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

10 NFL draft prospects with the most bust potential

The names of every player who could possibly be taken in the 2016 NFL draft are on the walls at 32 team headquarters around the league. The order of those names is different depending on each team’s assessment of the player. Some of those names might even have stars next to them. The fact of […]

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy on the field before the Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Packers, Giants among NFL teams against playing in China

The NFL is committed to having a regular-season game in China by 2018, but not all teams are on board for making the trip around the world to play a meaningful game. According to Ashley Fox of ESPN, the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants are among the teams that would be unwilling to play […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

NFL ‘likely’ to change something that doesn’t need changing

Would Roger Goodell just listen to himself? The NFL commissioner talked about how well the league’s current 12-team playoff format works, then said that it probably will change. “(It) likely will happen at some point,” Goodell told a group of Jaguars season ticket holders via NFL.com. “But we want to be really cautious because we […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Houston Texans at Candlestick Park on October 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Report: Vernon Davis to sign with Redskins

Vernon Davis is officially a journeyman. Davis, a two-time Pro Bowler who in 2009 was tied with the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss atop the NFL with 13 touchdown catches, will play for his third team next season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the tight end will sign a one-year contract […]

WaPOST explains why Redskins might not miss nose tackle Terrance Knighton

“Despite running a defensive front classified as a 3-4 (which utilizes two ends, a nose tackle and four linebackers), Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry and his charges often shift to their nickel package, which utilizes a four-man front (with two edge rushers and two interior linemen) and is better designed to defend the pass.

“Coach Jay Gruden estimated last week that the Redskins utilized their base package on less than a third of their defensive snaps last season, and that reduces the need for an exclusive nose tackle. Barry plans on further de-emphasizing the position this season, Gruden said. As a result, he could lean more heavily on holdovers Chris Baker and Kedric Golston to play nose tackle in those limited circumstances where the team uses a three-man front. Baker is the starting left defensive end, but saw time at nose tackle when Knighton needed a breather, or was injured. Golston, meanwhile, served as a rotational player both at end and nose tackle.”

~ Mike Jones, washingtonpost.com, Redskins lean towards further de-emphasizing the nose tackle.

at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

5 NFL players most likely to haunt former teams in their division

There will be a lot of interesting divisional games in the 2016 NFL season. A lot of players have changed teams this offseason, and many of them are playing for former division rivals. Some of these players have been released and were picked up by another team in their division. Some of them were signed […]

Cleveland Browns fan comes to grips with Robert Griffin III

“I’m not celebrating like I would have had the Mike Holmgren-led Cleveland Browns traded up to get Robert Griffin III in 2012, but compared to the Browns’ prospects at quarterback on the morning of Wednesday, March 24, I’m excited. RG3 is not a lock for anything. Nobody who gets beat out by Kirk Cousins can be considered a lock in terms of his NFL career. That said, this is why you hire a head coach like Hue Jackson. These are exactly the kinds of chances to take. Given where the Browns are and have been in the recent past, signing Griffin is a low-risk move for them. It’s one that should be celebrated, not because it’s guaranteed to work, but because you could spend your time doing worse things than trying to resurrect a 26-year-old who has only recently lost his way in the NFL.”

~ Craig Lyndall, waitingfornextyear.com.

Hue Jackson, the former Redskins offensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier, is the coach who gave Jason Campbell a second chance with the Raiders. Griffin joins the team that lost the 2012 bidding war with Mike Shanahan for the right to draft him. Mike Holmgren ultimately lost his job for that failure.

~ Hog Heaven.

“The world is a circle without a beginning and nobody knows where it really ends.”

~ Lyrics by Hal David from 1973 movie “Lost Horizon.”

 

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Redskins are highest ranked NFC East team in NFL.com power ranking

NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison designated the Washington Redskins the 11th-ranked team in NFL preseason rankings. Games are played on the field and not on paper. Preseason rankings are cursed by recency. Analysts draw straight-line projections from the way last season ended into next season. The Cowboys were ranked highest in last year’s preseason rankings. Blah! Blah! […]

The Redskins unveiled a concept design of its next stadium created by the Bjarke Ingels Group.

The one key feature missing in the Redskins Stadium concept

The most important, fan-friendly feature in in a new Redskins stadium is a perennial Super Bowl contender that wins at home. Team owner Daniel Snyder says he wants to build a new stadium reminiscent of good old RFK Stadium. We do not revere RFK because of the facility, or even because it was in the […]

For Redskins, Josh LeRibeus is the bird in hand

“I have to laugh whenever fans get all riled up over things like Josh LeRibeus re-signing with the Redskins. The deal is for around minimum salary and the Redskins could afford to cut him at any time. He has been around for four years, they spent a draft pick on him, and they think he is worth keeping around. Scot McCloughan is not going to bypass a promising interior lineman in the draft because he has LeRibeus on the roster. If they don’t sign a veteran center like Stefen Wisniewski it won’t be because they have LeRibeus.”

~ From Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins.

The full adage: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos leaves the field after defeating the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 27-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

10 biggest surprises during NFL free agency so far

The NFL free agency period opened this week with a few oohs and aahs. But what have been the biggest surprises so far? Here are 10 to start. (contract details courtesy of Spotrac) 10. The Ryan Fitzpatrick-Jets contract standoff Fitzpatrick had a career year in his first season with the Jets, throwing for 3,905 yards […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 21: Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams returns an interception for a touchdown in the second against the Dallas Cowboys at the Edward Jones Dome on September 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

10 worst moves since NFL’s free agency market opened

Hope springs eternal for NFL teams who have landed big-ticket free agents this week. Some teams have improved their rosters and have a lot to look forward to in 2016. Some teams, however, made moves that they’ll regret. They either overpaid for players, botched negotiations with their own players or just put too much emphasis […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is seen during pregame against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

49ers expected to target Robert Griffin III if Colin Kaepernick is traded

Chip Kelly and the San Francisco 49ers may have a replacement in mind for Colin Kaepernick if the 49ers do decide to deal the 28-year-old quarterback. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the 49ers are expected to have “serious interest” in former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III if Kaepernick is traded to the Denver Broncos, […]

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins sets to pass against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 27, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Broncos considering Robert Griffin III to replace Brock Osweiler

The Denver Broncos will consider Robert Griffin III to replace quarterback Brock Osweiler, who signed a $72 million deal with the Houston Texans on Wednesday. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Griffin III is “on the Broncos’ list of replacement quarterbacks,” with Denver potentially hosting the former No. 2 overall pick for a visit in […]

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 14: at Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFL Mock Draft heading into free agency

The 2016 NFL draft begins April 28 in Chicago. While NFL teams hit the free agent market this week, the draft is where teams really can build long-term success. With a little less than two months to go before Roger Goodell takes the podium in the Windy City, here’s a look at how the draft […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is seen during pregame against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Redskins: Ten is the magic number for Robert Griffin III.

Mike Freeman caused quite a stir this week with his Bleacher Report story that at least 10 teams are interested in signing RGIII when the Redskins inevitably release him sometime next week. Andy Benoit wrote in his MMQB story that Griffin will be out of football before he wins his next ten games. Both cannot […]

of the Cincinnati Bengals of the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Report: If Rams trade Nick Foles, at least three teams interested

The Rams are back in Los Angeles next season, possibly with a new quarterback. Nick Foles, who the team acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles last spring, lost the starting quarterback job to Case Keenum about halfway through the 2015 season. And when Keenum had to sit because of a concussion, Foles was […]

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins acknowledges the crowd as time expires in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on December 20, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 27-24. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

‘At least 10 teams’ targeting Robert Griffin III

There appears to be a sizable market forming for quarterback Robert Griffin III, even as the Washington Redskins desperately attempt to trade the former Offensive Rookie of the Year. According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, “at least 10 teams” are giving Griffin a “hard look,” with the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and Houston […]

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 07: Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 on the sidelines against the Houston Texans in the second quarter on September 7, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Report: Robert Griffin III sees long-term future with Texans

Once quarterback Robert Griffin III is released by the Washington Redskins, the former No. 2 overall pick might zero in on Houston for a chance to revive his fading career. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Griffin has already identified the Texans as “a potential long-term destination.” With a talented roster already in place and an obvious […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks on in the first half against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

10 veteran stars likely to be cut before NFL’s new league year begins

The veteran cuts are already rolling in around the NFL, with Chris Long, Mario Williams, Arian Foster, Antonio Cromartie and Roddy White already among the biggest cap casualties. Teams still aren’t done trimming the fat. Here are 10 others who are likely to be cut before the start of the NFL’s new league year: QB […]

Under Scot McCloughan, the Redskins rediscover the Draft

“Under some previous Redskins regimes, a roster starting to get a little top heavy in terms of salaries would be cause for alarm. Drafts under Vinny Cerrato and Mike Shanahan were mediocre at best and if one of them was still in charge the chances of them being able to stock the team with quality, low-priced talent on a consistent basis would be very low.

“It may be asking too much for McCloughan to produce a draft class that contributes as much as his 2015 group did year after year. But if he can land a few quality players every year the team won’t have to bring in free agents like Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Chris Culliver, and Jason Hatcher. Combined, they are taking up $37.3 million in cap space this year, or 24 percent of the total available to spend. If their roles were being filled by draft picks working on their first contracts you can see that the Redskins would have plenty of room to maneuver.”

~ Rich Tandler, csnwashington.com, With more high-priced players, draft is key for cap management.

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