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2018 Redskins Free Agency Journal



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Free Agents Added To The Roster:

Linebacker Pernell McPhee (March 26)

The Redskins added a veteran linebacker to pair with the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Ryan Anderson with the signing of Pernell McPhee.

Like Kerrigan, McPhee is entering season No. 8 after being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

For his career, McPhee has collected 182 tackles (139 solo) along with 31 sacks, 12 passes defensed, six fumbles forced and one interception.

Last season, McPhee played in 13 games for Chicago, starting five, and contributed 21 tackles (20 solo), 4.0 sacks and a forced fumble. He has forced a fumble in six of his seven NFL seasons.

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Cornerback Orlando Scandrick (March 19)

The Washington Redskins on Monday, March 19, 2018, announced the signing of cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Take a look back at his NFL career.

Orlando Scandrick is staying in the NFC East after 10 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Scandrick signed with the Redskins just days after his stint with the Cowboys ended. For his career, the Boise State product has appeared in 125 career regular season games with 69 starts, compiling 391 tackles (347 solo), 63 passes defensed, 11.5 sacks, eight interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown), eight forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

With his addition, the Redskins now have five cornerbacks on the active roster as he joins Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Joshua Holsey.

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Punter Sam Irwin-Hill (March 16)

While Tress Way has proven to be one of the league's best punters over the last few years, the Redskins have added a second player to the position with the signing of Sam Irwin-Hill.

Irwin-Hill spent the 2017 offseason with the Dallas Cowboys after signing as a college free agent.

He was waived by the Cowboys in September after averaging 38.3 yards on 15 punts, including five downed inside the 20, during the 2017 preseason.

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Wide Receiver Paul Richardson Jr. (March 15)

The Redskins were looking to add some speed to their offense and they've gotten just that with the signing of former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr.

The Washington Redskins on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, announced the signing of wide receiver Paul Richardson. Take a look back at his NFL career.

After being a reserve for his first three seasons in Seattle, Richardson finally got the chance to be a more consistent contributor in 2017 and didn't disappoint with his extra playing time, recording 44 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns.

But Richardson, 25, believes his best play is ahead of him.

"I don't think I've scratched it," said Richardson when asked about reaching his potential. "I think I was able to open some eyes and create an opportunity for myself to grow even more and to be able to show just everything that I was brought in this league to do. To challenge guys, to compete for balls and to make big plays, I really enjoy that."

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Redskins Retained In Free Agency:

Wide Receiver Brian Quick (March 16)

Brian Quick is returning to Washington for a second season.

Check out behind the scenes images from Wide Receivers, Brian Quick and Maurice Harris's 2017 Redskins Photo Shoot.

Quick (6-3, 218) originally entered the NFL as a second round pick (No. 33 overall) of the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft. He appeared in 78 career regular season games with 24 starts, compiling 111 receptions for 1,575 yards with 10 receiving touchdowns.

In his first season with Washington in 2017, Quick played in 11 games with one start. He caught six passes for 76 yards, including a key 31-yard reception to jumpstart the team's game-winning drive in Week 9 at Seattle.

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Linebacker Zach Brown (March 15)

Zach Brown didn't need to wait for more than a month to sign this go in free agency, as the former Pro Bowler was brought back by the Redskins a little more than 24 hours after the markets opened.

Check out behind the scenes images from Linebacker, Zach Brown's 2017 Redskins Photo Shoot.

Brown, 28, spent the 2017 season with the Redskins and recorded a team-high 127 tackles despite missing the final three contests with injuries.

In six NFL seasons with the Titans (2012-15), Buffalo Bills (2016) and Redskins (2017), Brown has appeared in 78 career regular season games with 62 starts, compiling 535 career tackles (375 solo), 19 passes defensed, 16.5 sacks, seven interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns), four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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Kicker Dustin Hopkins (March 12)

Dustin Hopkins will return to his role as Washington's kicker after re-signing with the Redskins two days before free agency opened.

Hopkins (6-2, 203) was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (No. 177 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He joined the Redskins in Week 2 of the 2015 season and has kicked in 39 regular season games, converting 73-of-87 field goal attempts (83.9 percent) and 93-of-98 PATs (94.9 percent).

Hopkins ranks fifth in team history in field goals made (73), fifth in PATs made (93) and 13th in points (312, fifth-most among kickers). His 83.9 field goal percentage ranks second in franchise records among kickers with at least 50 field goal attempts, and his 34 made field goals during the 2016 campaign set a single-season team record.

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Safety Deshazor Everett (March 6)

Deshazor Everett first joined the Redskins as a free agent cornerback signing during Washington's 2015 training camp.

After spending the 2015 season as cornerback, Everett made the switch to safety two years ago.

During the 2016-17 seasons combined, the Texas A&M product totaled 78 tackles along with six passes defensed, one interception and one fumble forced.

He started eight games in 2017.

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Inside Linebacker Mason Foster (Jan. 25)

Mason Foster didn't want to leave Washington and the Redskins didn't want him to go anywhere either, re-signing the eight-year veteran back in January.

After spending his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foster was briefly a member of the Chicago Bears before joining the Redskins four games into the 2015 season.

As a full-time started in 2016, Foster recorded a career-high 124 tackles (89 solo) along with three passes defensed and one fumble forced.

While his 2017 campaign was cut short at just five games, Foster did record a game-winning interception in a Week 2 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

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Redskins Departing In Free Agency:

  • Linebacker Trent Murphy (Buffalo Bills, March 14)
  • Quarterback Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings, March 15)
  • Tight End Niles Paul (Jacksonville Jaguars, March 15)
  • Center Spencer Long (New York Jets, March 18)
  • Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. (New York Jets, March 24)
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