Combine to kick o≠ free agent discussions
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