Redskins Smoke Signals: Your Thursday Morning News Clips (3/16)

The late news yesterday was the resigning of DL Ziggy Hood and OL Vinston Painter.  Also in the minor roster news yesterday, DL Ricky Jean Francois was released.  Jean-Francois was in the third year of a three year contract.  His release will save the Redskins about $3 million on the salary cap.  Jean-Francois was an open critic of the front office, which could very well have been a contributing factor in his release.  It is the real world, and in the real world, if you go out and trash your employer, well, the unemployment line will be waiting you with a reserved spot in line.  More from Pro Football Talk.  And CSN.  And from the Pilot.  Criticism may very well have been a strong contributing factor or even the actual clear motive, but if the Redskins defensive line is going to rely on Jean-Francois, then we should expect little more than mediocrity.  The Redskins need to get better up front, not just maintain.  Personally, I like the way Hood played over Jean-Francois and if the decision came down to keeping just one of those two players, the Redskins made the right call.  You can track all of the Redskins off-season roster moves on our Off-Season Tracker page.

CSN Washington takes a look at two big remaining defensive line potential targets.

The Redskins needed the cap space for dead space.  The Redskins have about $17.2 million cap space free right now.

LB Will Compton topped the Redskins in performance based pay increases.  Here is more on the performance based pay.  Here is an explanation of what this is about.

Every NFL team received $3.995 million to compensate players for outperforming their salaries in 2016. The program rewards players with low salaries who received considerable playing time in a given season.

Redskins are getting praise for the signing of WR Terrelle Pryor.  And they should.  Fact is, the Redskins deal with Pryor is one of the best value deals of 2017 NFL free agency.  Considering the receiving corp of Pryor, Josh Doctson, and Jamison Crowder, that is an excellent receiving corp with Pryor’s $6 million deal being the most expensive piece.  Not bad at all.

Peter King examines the front office dysfunction.  Given his negativity toward the Redskins, there is one line here that is surprising as well.  King doesn’t place the blame on the current situation on the door step of Dan Snyder.

Here is some in depth analysis on the Kirk Cousins saga.  Man, this is getting old.  It just is.  And the Redskisn front office seems paralyzed by the Cousins’ contract.   Unfortunately, it appears, instead of having matter of fact, resolute front office decision making process, Ashburn is gripped in indecision and inability to just pull a trigger sand have faith.  Isn’t that what all NFL signings really are?  But hey, both side understand that it is just business.  Just seems this business has no end game.

Redskins Blog World

Riggos Rag looks at how the Redskins can survive their own “March Madness”.

Redskins Wire looks at Sean Taylor and his presence today in the Redskins secondary.

Hogs Haven provides a draft profile for DE Derek Barnett.

DC Hot Read adds its take on Ricky Jean-Francois.

And of course

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