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Redskins batting .900

May 11, 2017
The Washington Redskins signed nine-of-their-ten draft picks on Thursday, the organization announced.

The only draft selection to not sign as of Thursday afternoon is third-round pick, Fabian Moreau.

It’s not known at this point if Moreau is close to signing, but he wouldn’t be able to participate in this weekend’s rookie mini-camp anyway, because he’s still recovering from a torn pectoral.

Third-round picks have been the most difficult to sign consistently for the Redskins and other teams since the new collective bargaining agreement went into place in 2011.

Why?

Per the Florida Times-Union from last year, “It’s just a weird round,” according to an unnamed agent.

The agent went on to say that the NFLPA referred to the third round as the “wild, wild West.”

J.I. Halsell, a salary cap expert and former cap executive with the Redskins and a former agent for Priority Sports (Kirk Cousins’ representation firm), has consistently talked and wrote about this oddity in slotted negotiations over the years.

The Redskins struggled to get former third-round pick, Josh LeRibeus in the fold and Kendall Fuller was the last member of the Washington draft class last year to sign as well, just to use a few examples.

Halsell says the system allows for “additional compensation” but without a defined percentage of what is available. Teams naturally want a lower figure and structure and agents want just the opposite.

Either way, Moreau will be signed at some point. The Redskins are notoriously cheap when it comes to negotiating with individuals who they have leverage on. Moreau doesn’t have the hammer here. The Redskins do. 

As they often do. 

***The Redskins are also still possibly considering a new hire for ther general manager vacancy, a source told DCHotRead.com. It's more likely that they simply bring an individual or perhaps two, to help out, but filling the title with one individual is still an option. 

Their former general manager, Scot McCloughan, painted a rosy picture earlier this week on 106.7 the FAN, during an exclusive interview with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. It was the smart thing to do for McCloughan because he once again won the public or fan war, but it also could help him in a battle to redeem his image around the NFL. 

Regardless of what fans think, McCloughan has a reputation that is on very thin ice around the NFL. With people who matter. Why? Not because these powerful men don't believe that McCloughan is not a great evaluator, but because he's now been fired from three different organizations in the last seven plus years. All three times, it had very little to do with football. 

McCloughan is a good man with faults. Bruce Allen and the Redskins churned him up into a meat grinder and it was a bad  marriage as McCloughan put it. These things happen, but make no mistake about it - Bruce Allen and others that are asked or called for a recommendation on McCloughan are going to have a very different viewpoint of what went down. There's a reason why McCloughan did not mention Allen specifically by name during the interview. 

Allen is very powerful man, in NFL and the real world, who charms the socks off of people that do not know him really well. He's also a ruthless politician/president/piranha that would not hesitate for one second in private circles to bring somebody down to their knees. Many will believe Allen, because he has an ability to make you want to believe everything he says is true.

This is McCloughan's greatest challenge to getting another job that he covets, besides staying away from whatever demons he has or will always battle. 

The interview and the charitable endevor that his wife and McCloughan are driving were a great first step in reclaiming some good public relations around the NFL, while doing the right thing. Will it be enough? 

Probably not. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com) & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN 


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