DeMaurice Smith re-elected as NFLPA executive director - NFL.com
DeMaurice Smith is here to stay. The NFL Players Association announced Smith was awarded his third term as executive director after beating out eight candidates in an election held by the union Sunday night in Maui, Hawaii. Smith got the majority needed for re-election in the first round of voting, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer.
While Marcus Mariota has all of the physical tools to be an effective dual-threat quarterback at the next level, questions surround his ability to command a pro-style offense. At Oregon's pro day, Mariota showed scouts what he can do from under center in a 65-throw session.
For the third time in four years, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will gather the team’s receivers and other skill players for an informal passing camp, recently re-signed tight end Niles Paul said Saturday.
Given Roy Helu’s subpar pass blocking skills, running back may have been a need even if he had not signed with Oakland. It’s apparent that the Redskins did not consider him to be a major priority given the modest two-year, $4 million contract he got from the Raiders.
The Redskins took something of a chance in signing free agent cornerback Chris Culliver and the initial numbers on the contract made it look like it may have been a reckless gamble. The top line numbers on the contract were four years, $32 million with $16 million guaranteed.
The Redskins have spent much of their available salary cap space since the start of free agency last week but they still have an adequate amount to work with and the ability to create some more if they need it.
The tackle situation -- is Anthony Collins an option? -- remains a favorite topic as does quarterback. What to make of Marcus Mariota's mediocre pro day? And more Danny Shelton? Yes. Enjoy.
The Redskins must feel good that Chris Culliver's off-field issues with the alleged hit-and-run won’t impact his availability on the field, based on the contract he received. But it does allow the Redskins to part ways after two years if the arrangement isn’t working. (ADDED: Pro Football Talk reported that if he's suspended for even one game, he must pay back some of the bonus and the remaining guaranteed money is voided).
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was forced into the lineup thanks to a DeAngelo Hall injury. Then Breeland stuck around because he played well enough. And he was rewarded for it, finishing among the top 25 in the NFL when it came to performance-based pay.