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  • More than one deadline looms for the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement
    by Bill-in-Bangkok on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images Russell Okung appears ready to throw a monkey wrench into the process if he can I’ve written a few times in recent weeks and months about the looming deadline for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Just a few weeks ago, I discussed some of the potential impacts we could see if a new agreement isn’t finalized sometime in February. While the current agreement runs for another year (until March 2021), entering the final year of the agreement without a new agreement in place will trigger a number of provisions that will make the 2020 NFL year a bit different from what we’ve grown used to in recent seasons. These issues, however, are all technical, and tied to the language of the agreement itself. A second, and perhaps more concerning factor looms on the near horizon, making the finalization of an agreement in February seem even more urgent for owners, and for the current leadership of the NFLPA. Reports have indicated that negotiations have been amicable and positive, and that the only thing keeping the agreement from being finalized at this point is the owners’ desire to negotiate a change to a 17-game regular season. You see, in March, there will be an election for the NFLPA leadership. Because the current president of the players association, Eric Winston, hasn’t played in the past two seasons, he is not eligible to run for reelection. The first player to throw his hat into the ring is Russell Okung, who not only is on the record as being opposed to a 17-game season, but has been actively speaking out in support of taking more of a hard-line bargaining position with the owners. Okung’s election — if it happens before the finalization of a new labor deal — could set the process back to square one or close to it. Currently, the NFL and NFLPA are negotiating a contract based on a 17-game regular season. As one source explained it earlier this month to PFT, if the 16-game season were continuing, an agreement already would be completed. Okung not only wants to push hard against 17 games but also desires to take a more combative approach to the relationship with league owners. “Are we in an equitable agreement with management?” Okung told Belson. “Right now, the answer is no. This will take as long as it needs to.” There is, of course, no guarantee that Okung will be elected in March, but, whether he is or not, there will be a change in the NFLPA leadership. NFL owners, if they want some level of certainty in the outcome of the bargaining process, will need to finalize the agreement with players (led by current president Eric Winston) before the NFLPA leadership election is held in March. This narrows the time frame for announcing a finalized agreement to the three-weeks or so between the Super Bowl and the end of February. The owners and front offices will want the new agreement in place prior to the start of the new league year and free agency on 18 March. A new agreement would provide greater certainty with regard to salary cap and a number of other key issues. It would also, if recent reports are accurate, include arrangements for the league extend the regular season to 17 games, likely in conjunction with a reduction in the number of preseason games. Opponents of a 17-game season are likely to see the best opportunity to prevail coming in the form of a delay of the finalization of a new CBA, since the electon of Russell Okung (or another candidate) could set the negotiation right back to square one. The next few weeks should be critical for the shape of the business of the NFL in the coming decade.

  • All aTwitter: 27 January 2020
    by Bill-in-Bangkok on January 27, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images News, links to articles, updates and more from DC area writers and national sports journalists All atwitter will be posted at the beginning of every day (at midnight in Washington, DC). The goal is to give readers a handy spot to check the Redskins beat writers & bloggers, and national sports journalists to keep up on the latest news about the Redskins, the NFL, and sports in general, along with a smattering of other things. atwitter [ uh-twit-er ]adjective excited; nervous; aflutter; twittering The first known use of atwitter was in 1833 NFL News twitter feed: Tweets from Redskins twitter feed: Tweets from Leading contested catch rate from the 2019 season #Redskins 1. Terry McLaurin 13/19 (68.4%)2. Tyrell Williams 12/18 (66.7%)3. Chris Godwin 16/25 (64%)4. Michael Thomas 19/30 (63.3%)5. Allen Robinson 21/36 (58.3%)6. DJ Moore 15/27 (55.6%)7. Kenny Golladay 13/24 (54.2%)— Nick Faber (@NickFaberNFL) January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant is among those dead in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, a source confirms to ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020 Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020 OCC baseball team mourning loss of coach John Altobelli in helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) January 26, 2020 This is so incredibly sad. My heart breaks for his family and the other families who lost loved ones in this crash.— Steve Shoup (@Steveospeak) January 26, 2020 Five people confirmed deceased, no survivors in #Calabasas helicopter crash. #LASD #Malibu deputies remain with #LA County Fire personnel. Investigation ongoing. Avoid the area until further notice.— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020 Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020 This is all I can think about right now.— Robert Mays (@robertmays) January 26, 2020 I can’t even put the words together for this....not Kobe— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) January 26, 2020 Man my body so numb. Life wayyyyyy to short. Cherish every minute, hour, day with your loved ones. RIP KOBE— Shaun Dion Hamilton (@iam_sdh20) January 26, 2020 This Kobe Bryant news cant be real— Will Compton (@_willcompton) January 26, 2020 Just met Kobe while training at his facility for the NFL. RIP to a legend. Gone too soon — Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) January 26, 2020 As I said, the question with TMZ is not often about accuracy. But about the human cost to being first. Journalistic organizations care about that, they do not— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) January 26, 2020 When DHall was coming back from an Achilles tear, Kobe was instrumental in helping him recover. Gave DHall advice, words of wisdom. Did that for others too (Richard Sherman). Man. This is crushing.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 26, 2020 There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020 Statement from Michael Jordan— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) January 26, 2020 this video went from being empowering and endearing just to downright heartbreaking... rip gianna and kobe— ༄ (@judesfrqncis) January 26, 2020 Grizzlies take a 24-second shot clock violation.Suns take an 8-second backcourt violation. RIP KOBE— Kelcey WrightJohnson (@kelwright) January 26, 2020 Here's how they started today's @NBA game in San Antonio. Both teams let the 24 second shot clock expire to honor NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Kobe wore #24 and #8. #RIPBlackMamba— Phil Anaya (@phil_anaya) January 26, 2020 Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020 NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant— NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2020 WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant— WNBA (@WNBA) January 26, 2020 Pro Bowl fans paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with a moment of silence and standing ovation.— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) January 26, 2020 Pro Bowl players absolutely gutted over Kobe Bryant news. Mark Ingram continues to check his phone while asking me questions on validity of the news here on the sidelines. Derrick Henry said just yesterday he was asked to name undisputed GOAT in a sport and he said Kobe.— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 26, 2020 Remembering Kobe Bryant— The Athletic HQ (@TheAthletic) January 26, 2020 I've seen some float the idea out that the Browns may be the team who could trade a 2nd for Trent Williams.I do not think this happens.LT is by far their biggest need. They hold the 10 pick. The value and need matches perfectly for a top OT:ThomasWirfsBectonJackson/Wills— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) January 26, 2020 I love you forever Kobe I swear the Greatest To ever play the game idc what anyone says man I swear Omg this hurts so bad. Shedding tears won’t bring you back but I swear working hard like you told me and following my dreams everyday no matter what the odds— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) January 26, 2020 It feels weird that they're still playing the Pro Bowl too.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 26, 2020 Saints’ QB Drew Brees says he will make his retirement decision "in a month or so".— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2020 Update on the Joejuan Williams arrest. According to the Tennessean, police found acetaminophen hydrocodone prescription pills, valacyclovir hydrocodone pills, "a large amount of marijuana," hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and illegal paraphernalia inside the SUV. #Patriots— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) January 26, 2020 ANDREW THOMAS working on HI-hand LOW-hand position. Watch SOLOMON KINDLEY snap back. ANDREW has solid hands with a strong punch ... to go along with his 36+ inch arms. (I measured them)— Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) January 26, 2020 INSIDE MOVE from the SPOT... the POST FOOT should then shuffle laterally. I’ve seen a drill where the player KICKS to his SPOT then POST back UP into the LOS where he came from. CONFUSING! You must cut the rusher off at the pass on inside moves, like ANDREW THOMAS does here— Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) January 26, 2020 This is big folks...get this new deal done before FA— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) January 26, 2020

  • 2020 NFL Pro Bowl Open Thread
    by Scott Jennings on January 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports All-Star Game! It’s the event everyone looks forward to every year, the NFL Pro Bowl! Only one Redskins player will be playing in today’s game, MVPunter Tress Way. Brandon Scherff was named a reserve but he ended the year on injured reserve with elbow and shoulder injuries that required surgery. Washington had 2 players named as alternates[Landon Collins(1st alternate) and Matt Ioannidis(4th alternate)] but none of them were named as replacements. Hi @Tress_Way— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) January 22, 2020 Matchup: East Team(Roster) vs West Team(Roster) Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 26 | 3:00 p.m. ET Location: Camping World Stadium | Orlando, Florida TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC Announcers: Joe Tessitore Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters Online: WatchESPN Odds: AFC -1.5, O/U 55 Prediction: who cares? AFC Pro Bowl roster Coaches: John Harbaugh/Baltimore Ravens OFFENSE QB — Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens QB — Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans QB — Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans WR — Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers WR — Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns WR — Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos WR — D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars TE — Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens TE — Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts RB — Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns RB — Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans RB — Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens FB — Patrick Ricard, Baltimore Ravens OT — Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens OT — Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans OT — Orlando Brown, Baltimore Ravens OG — Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens OG — Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts OG — Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns C — Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders C — Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts DEFENSE — DE — Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars DE — Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers DE — Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars DT — Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers DT — Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals DT — Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans OLB — Von Miller, Denver Broncos OLB — T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers OLB — Matt Judon, Baltimore Ravens ILB — Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts ILB — Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills CB — Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots CB — Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills CB — Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens CB — Joe Haden, Pittsburgh Steelers FS — Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers FS — Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens SS — Jamal Adams, New York Jets SPECIAL TEAMS K — Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens P — Brett Kern, Tennessee Titans LS — Morgan Cox, Baltimore Ravens Return specialist — Andre Roberts, Buffalo Bills Special teamer — Matthew Slater, New England Patriots NFC Pro Bowl roster Coaches: Pete Carroll/Seattle Seahawks OFFENSE QB — Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks QB — Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints QB — Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers WR — Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons WR — Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints WR — Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR — Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys TE — Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles TE — Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons RB — Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings RB — Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers RB — Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys OT — David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers OT — Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys OT — Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints OG — Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys OG — Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers C — Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles C — Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys DEFENSE DE — Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints DE — Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings DE — Everson Griffin, Minnesota Vikings DT — Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams DT — Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles DT — Grady Jarrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OLB — Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals OLB — Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears OLB — Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ILB — Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks ILB — Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys CB — Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints CB — Darius Slay, Detroit Lions CB — Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears FS — Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals FS — Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears SS — Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings SPECIAL TEAMS K — Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints P — Tress Way, Washington Redskins LS — Rick Lovato, Philadelphia Eagles Return specialist — Deonte Harris, New Orleans Saints Special teamer — Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago Bears NFL News twitter feed: Tweets from Redskins twitter feed: Tweets from

  • Sunday Slop: Senior Bowl wrap-up and other Redskins news
    by Steve Shoup on January 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports A look at the top Redskins stories of the day Ranking All-time Super Bowl QBs | Cam and Theismann have MVP seasons and a few Pro Bowls, but they both had some erratic play to go with their big arms. Jaworski and Simms have somehow become underrated over time after becoming better known as broadcasters. Both had plenty of seasons as top-10 quarterbacks. 2020 Senior Bowl: Justin Herbert solidifies top 15 status | Anae would not be blocked. After getting in on back-to-back sacks of QB Jalen Hurts in the second quarter, Anae followed that later in the quarter by beating Oregon offensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton with an inside move and hammering Hurts just as he released a downfield pass. The hit affected the throw, causing it to flutter for an easy interception by Ohio State LB Malik Harrison. 2020 Senior Bowl Stock-up Report | Last year Terry McLaurin shot up draft boards on the heels of a terrific Senior Bowl performance and there are some parallels with Jefferson. Even though he isn’t as fast as McLaurin they are both skillful technicians and superb route runners who also offer considerable value on special teams. The polish makes perfect sense when you consider his father is Shawn Jefferson, who played wide receiver in the NFL for more than a decade and now coaches the position. Jefferson won’t be drafted as early as McLaurin was but don’t be surprised if he is ultimately selected ahead of some wideouts with much higher profiles. Back to the future: Adam Trautman leads group of Senior Bowl risers | Pro Football Network Trautman showed up at the Senior Bowl and showed off very, very good athleticism in space. He was a feisty and technical blocker that blew guys off the ball all week. Then, he skied up for numerous contested catches, and perhaps the most surprising thing was the adeptness for route running that he displayed. Trautman was a complete tight end this week and gained a lot of money by showing it off. 2020 All-Senior Bowl team - Offense | Claypool answered questions about his speed and showed off his own route-running ability, combined with his size you have a potential star receiver if he puts it all together. Mims was the best all-around receiver for me. He checked every box, and looked great throughout the week. He is another one that looks like he can be at least a number 2 receiver at the next level. Where Senior Bowl players are going in mock drafts |

  • Would you like to see Eric Berry in a Redskins uniform in 2020?
    by Bill-in-Bangkok on January 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images Could this be a short-term fix at safety while the Redskins draft talent for other positions? I spotted this on NFL Network this week: From @gmfb: Former #Chiefs S Eric Berry‘s absence from the #NFL this past season was intentional. He plans to return in 2020.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 25, 2020 Eric Berry, at least according to Mike Garafolo, is interested in coming back to play in the NFL after taking a voluntary one-year ‘sabbatical’ in 2019. Berry is a free agent, not under contract to any team, after playing 9 seasons with the Chiefs, but only seeing the field for 3 regular season games in the last two seasons that he played. This, according to is why he sat out 2019 despite receiving offers to play: The 31-year-old wanted to take the time off to physically and mentally get himself in better shape, Garafolo reports, to have a more impactful career going forward. Berry has turned in a rather productive career when he’s on the field, but his tenure in the league has come with its fair share of obstacles. Of course, the former No. 5 pick by the Chiefs in the 2010 NFL Draft was was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was placed on the non-football injury list back in 2014. He was declared cancer free about nine months later and was able to play in all 16 regular season games in 2015, which earned him NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. More recently, Berry has been plagued by an Achilles injury that has only allowed him to play in five games since the start of the 2017 season. That was particularly rough timing for Berry and the Chiefs after the two sides just came to an agreement on a six-year, $78 million contract that made him the highest-paid safety in the league in February of 2017. Just a few months later in the opener against New England, Berry ruptured his Achilles in the fourth quarter, ending his season and putting the wheels in motion for his end in Kansas City. He returned in Week 15 of the 2018 season and played four games (two playoff contests) with the Chiefs before they were eliminated in the AFC Championship. He was released the following March. Mike Garafolo says that Berry is now healthy, mentally strong and emotionally ready to re-join the NFL. Berry came to prominence around the NFL when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, interrupting a promising young career. When he returned to play, it was amid reports that he had continued to work out throughout his treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and that his dedication to football was second-to-none. In his last full season played in 2016, Berry had 4 interceptions and 62 tackles. As a free agent in 2017, he was considered among the best veteran prospects available, but decided to re-sign with Kansas City, where he had spent his entire career. At this point, it would seem likely that money would not be Berry’s primary driving motivation. He has already earned over $90m in his career. Likely, he would be motivated to join a team where he has a good chance of seeing the field each week. That description seems to fit the Redskins, who are in need of upgraded play at free safety, and who have more roster holes than they can reasonably address in this year’s draft. The Redskins need to rely on free agency to fill a number of roster spots. Eric Berry is not only likely to be willing to sign a low-cost one-year contract, he is not under contract anywhere at the moment, and could be signed immediately by any team that is interested.


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