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The 5 O’Clock Club: Important dates & Redskins free agent list

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

Former Washington Redskins offensive lineman Paul Laaveg... Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The 5 o’clock club aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

Important Dates

  • February 20 - March 6th: The Franchise/Transition Tag window.
  • February 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • March 12 (noon) - March 14 (4PM): The free agent “tampering” period
  • March 14 (4PM): The 2018 league year, trade window, & free agency period opens
  • March 14: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
  • March 14: Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.
  • March 14: All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
  • March 25-28: Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
  • April 16 -- Clubs with returning head coaches (Redskins) may begin offseason workout programs.
  • April 20: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
  • April 25: Restricted tender decisions are due
  • April 26-28: NFL Draft
  • May 2nd: Deadline for 5th-year option decisions of 2015 1st Round Picks
  • May 4-7: Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
  • May 11-14: Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
  • July 16: At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one- year contract with his prior club for the 2018 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.
  • August 3 -- Hall of Fame Game, Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, Canton, Ohio.
  • August 3-6 -- Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.
  • September 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
  • September 1: Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.
  • September 2: Practice Squads formed
  • September 6, 9-10: Regular Season opens.

Redskins Restricted Free Agents (RFA)

  • Ty Nsekhe OT
  • Deshazor Everett S

Redskins Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA)

  • Tyler Catalina OL

Redskins Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA)

  1. Kirk Cousins QB
  2. Terrelle Pryor, Sr. WR
  3. Shawn Lauvao OL
  4. Zach Brown LB
  5. Niles Paul TE
  6. Will Compton LB
  7. DeAngelo Hall S
  8. Trent Murphy OLB/DE
  9. Chris Carter OLB
  10. Brian Quick WR
  11. Junior Galette OLB
  12. Phil Taylor DL/NT
  13. Tony Bergstrom OL
  14. Arthur Jones DL
  15. Spencer Long OL
  16. Bashaud Breeland CB
  17. Ryan Grant WR
  18. Dustin Hopkins PK

Redskins Free Agents already re-signed

  • Quinton Dunbar DB
  • Mason Foster LB

Poll

Right now, the Redskins have eighteen 2017 players who will be UFAs that are unsigned. How many of those players do you think the Redskins SHOULD re-sign if the front office is doing its job?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Less than 5
    (117 votes)
  • 66%
    5-9
    (367 votes)
  • 12%
    10-13
    (70 votes)
  • 0%
    14 or more
    (1 vote)
555 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How many of those 18 players have already played their last NFL game?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    0
    (9 votes)
  • 9%
    1
    (39 votes)
  • 26%
    2
    (110 votes)
  • 24%
    3
    (102 votes)
  • 15%
    4
    (64 votes)
  • 10%
    5
    (46 votes)
  • 11%
    6
    (49 votes)
419 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which of these players do you believe should be the highest priority to re-sign?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Will Compton
    (14 votes)
  • 2%
    Niles Paul
    (11 votes)
  • 38%
    Trent Murphy
    (197 votes)
  • 15%
    Junior Galette
    (81 votes)
  • 26%
    Spencer Long
    (138 votes)
  • 14%
    Ryan Grant
    (73 votes)
514 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which of the following do you believe should be the highest priority to re-sign?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    Ty Nsekhe
    (317 votes)
  • 29%
    Deshazor Everett
    (145 votes)
  • 6%
    Tyler Catalina
    (33 votes)
495 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Right now, the Redskins have 7 draft picks (no 3rd rounder; 2 in the 7th). How many selections do you think the Redskins will actually make in the 2018 draft?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    5 or fewer
    (25 votes)
  • 12%
    6
    (60 votes)
  • 27%
    7
    (137 votes)
  • 43%
    8
    (217 votes)
  • 11%
    9 or more
    (56 votes)
495 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which round will the Redskins draft a running back this year?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    They won’t draft a running back
    (49 votes)
  • 2%
    1st
    (15 votes)
  • 45%
    2nd
    (229 votes)
  • 38%
    4th or 5th
    (197 votes)
  • 3%
    6th or 7th
    (16 votes)
506 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Will the Redskins use a greater number of picks on offense or defense this year?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Offense
    (131 votes)
  • 74%
    Defense
    (373 votes)
504 votes total Vote Now