Saturday, April 23, 2016

All-Pro Cornerback Lands Massive Contract With Redskins

After falling short in the playoffs last season, the Washington Redskins knew they must improve their defense this offseason in order to repeat as NFC East champions.

Cue general manager Scot McCloughan, who knows a thing or two about evaluating talented football players. His philosophy is to build through the draft, re-sign his own, and let the free agent market come to him. McCloughan has done exactly that, with a recent addition that shocked the NFL.

Merely two days after the Carolina Panthers let Josh Norman walk, the Redskins swooped in and signed him to a five-year, $75 million deal. For those keeping track, he is now the highest-paid cornerback in the league, with $50 million in guarantees.

Once word got out regarding Norman's availability, at least 10 other teams besides the Redskins showed interest in his services. While that comes as no surprise, what is surprising is that Washington only had ~$11.5 million in cap space, yet McCloughan managed to lay out an enticing deal on the table.

Norman immediately upgrades Washington's secondary, which lacked playmakers, to say the least. The outspoken 28-year-old earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors last season for notching 56 tackles, 18 passed defended, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles—all career highs. Having a true shutdown corner such as Norman, paired with emerging star Bashaud Breeland, provides the Redskins with a strong tandem.

The New York Giants may have Odell Beckham Jr., but the Redskins now possess his kryptonite: Mr. Josh Norman, ladies and gentleman.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Former Redskins QB's Mansion for Sale

Redskins fans all know the story of Robert Griffin III by now, unless they have been living under a rock—which is not uncommon if you live in Bikini Bottom.

Something they might not know, however, is that Griffin's mansion in Aldie, Virginia is now for sale.

Built in 2010, the single-family home is approximately 8,500 square feet, and sits on 3 acres of land, according to Zillow. The cost for all of this: only a mere $2,749,990.

If a heated swimming pool, theater room, modern amenities, and private elevator are your thing, perhaps the former Redskins quarterback's home is the one for you. Legend has is that the addition of Griffin's elevator was intended for fun, but soon became necessary for the fragile signal caller. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Vernon Davis is Coming Home

The Washington Redskins have inked two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis to a one-year deal.

Davis will have a base salary of $2.38 million, with $1.1 million of that fully guaranteed, per CSN Mid-Atlantic. Considering his base salary makes him the highest-paid tight end on the roster, Davis will see plenty of snaps this season and likely be the No. 2 tight end behind Jordan Reed. His only competition comes from the likes of Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul; both coming off serious injuries.

Signing with the Redskins gives the 32-year-old Washington D.C. native an opportunity to come home. Davis was drafted sixth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft after attending the University of Maryland.

For his career, Davis has amassed 461 receptions for 5,841 yards and 55 touchdowns. His production has dropped over the last few seasons, but he still provides Kirk Cousins with a big-bodied red zone target.