Daily Slop: Orakpo Excited About the Addition of Jason Hatcher; Jay Gruden Striving for Balance in Designing Playbook for RGIII

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Need to Know: The Redskins’ five biggest weekly paychecks | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 28, 10 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts. Nickel coverage Yesterday I tweeted out what Brian Orakpo’s weekly paycheck will look like now that he has signed his franchise tender.

Redskins, others waiting for Britt to decide on team | Comcast SportsNet Washington
That is, if Britt ever decides where he wants to play. Britt has visited four teams, including the Redskins. A week ago he indicated that he would decide on his next steps over the weekend. That weekend came and went and there have been no next steps, no visits or signings. During the NFL owners meets earlier this week, the word was that Britt would decide on a new team by Thursday. Rams GM Les Snead was quite confident of his team’s chances of signing Britt, telling Pro Football Talk that the chances of that happening were "better than 50 percent". But Thursday has come and gone and Britt remains a free agent. It is believed that the Redskins still have interest in him. But, if their modus operandi of this free agency period stays consistent, they won’t get involved in any sort of bidding war for the services of the talented but troubled receiver.

Orakpo excited about the addition of Jason Hatcher | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"He’s a guy that presents a physical presence," Orakpo said of Hatcher, who is listed as 6 foot 6, 299-pounds. "He’s a huge defensive tackle that can penetrate and still be able to sack the quarterback. Not just penetrate and push, but he can actually get there and make things happen. Force fumbles and create all sorts of havoc."

Jay Gruden striving for balance in designing playbook for Robert Griffin III and Redskins
"I know he’s a very smart guy and he can handle everything mentally, so, my fear is I’m going to have too many plays," Gruden said with a laugh. "That’s always been a thorn in my side, even in Cincinnati. I had too many plays. Hopefully, I can taper it back and find plays that work instead of just having too many."

If healthy, Phillip Thomas and Chris Thompson could help Redskins

Jay Gruden analyzes Redskins' offensive line - ESPN
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The problems didn’t always stem from their play. They had their issues, but not all of the protection breakdowns resulted from their protection. That didn’t mean the Washington Redskins were satisfied with their offensive line. At the scouting combine, Redskins coach Jay Gruden mentioned the linemen getting pushed back on occasion. And in free agency two of the team's bigger moves involved the line: The signing of Shawn Lauvao and the release of center Will Montgomery.

Brian Orakpo on how the Redskins' D can improve (VIDEO) | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Evan Silva Q & A: Redskins' needs, free agency | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Cooley on Griffin III: "He's healthy. He's really healthy."

Orakpo Signs One-Year Franchise Tender
The Washington Redskins today announced that outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, a three-time Pro Bowler, has signed his one-year franchise tender

CSN: Gruden believes defense will improve in 2014

Ray Rice Indicted for Felony Aggravated Assault " CBS DC
A grand jury has indicted Ravens running back Ray Rice on one count of aggravated assault -- a third-degree felony which carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison -- according to CBS Baltimore's Meghan McCorkell.

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