Com­bine to kick o≠ free agent dis­cus­sions

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - REDSKINS BY MIKE JONES mike.jones@wash­post.com

The Kirk Cousins con­tract watch has dom­i­nated the off­sea­son con­ver­sa­tion about the Redskins, but un­cer­tainty — and a de­gree of un­easi­ness — has loomed over Wash­ing­ton’s other im­pend­ing free agents as well.

To date, the team hasn’t en­gaged in talks with any of its play­ers with ex­pir­ing con­tracts. The list in­cludes wide re­ceivers Pierre Gar­con and DeSean Jack­son, tight end Ver­non Davis, de­fen­sive end Chris Baker, and re­stricted free agents such as Chris Thomp­son, line­backer Will Compton and tackle Ty Nsekhe.

Wash­ing­ton has re-signed only one of its play­ers fac­ing an ex­pir­ing con­tract: long snap­per Nick Sund­berg.

But a lack of ac­tiv­ity doesn’t re­flect a lack of in­ter­est, nor does it mean the Redskins are con­tent to let all of those play­ers test the free agent mar­ket.

Mul­ti­ple peo­ple close to the sit­u­a­tion said that Redskins of­fi­cials plan to meet with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of their im­pend­ing free agents this week when the league takes over Indianapolis for the NFL Scout­ing Com­bine. Draft prospect eval­u­a­tions and in­ter­views will con­sume much of the time, but team of­fi­cials and agents also carve out time for meet­ings to dis­cuss their play­ers’ con­tracts.

Wed­nes­day not only kicks off the com­bine but also marks the dead­line for teams to use their fran­chise-player tags. Redskins of­fi­cials and their coun­ter­parts will get a bet­ter idea of what op­pos­ing play­ers will hit the free agent mar­ket the fol­low­ing week.

Wash­ing­ton’s most no­table free agents (aside from Cousins) are Gar­con and Jack­son, both of whom are ex­pected to draw a good deal of in­ter­est on the open mar­ket if the Redskins haven’t re-signed them be­fore the March 7 ne­go­ti­a­tion win­dow opens. Wash­ing­ton is be­lieved to have a stronger de­sire to re­tain Gar­con’s ser­vices. Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/in­sider

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