Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Quick Takes: Player updates, RG III
By John Keim
Offensive tackle Donald Penn's visit lasted through Monday and he, like others, left without a contract. General manager Bruce Allen is known as being methodical – one agent says he likes to “slow-play stuff.” But in Penn’s case, there are multiple people in the building who already know him from their time together in Tampa: Allen, coach Jay Gruden, secondary coach Raheem Morris and personnel executive Doug Williams. So it’s just a matter of reaching a price. One thing I don’t know is how badly Penn wants to stay on the left side. Oakland also wants Penn, who visited there before coming to Washington.
Now it’s receiver Kenny Britt’s turn to visit Tuesday. His name was mentioned along with Andrew Hawkins as two Redskins targets entering free agency. In hindsight, I don’t know that Hawkins was ever a strong consideration to come here because of his size (5-foot-7), according to one source. But Britt was definitely on the radar; I know some Redskins reached out to him before free agency (they also had talked to Hawkins and Andre Roberts). I’m not a huge fan of Britt; knee issues and multiple arrests don’t do it for me. I suppose he’s fine if you’re not relying on him as anything other than a bonus. The Redskins could always draft a receiver in what is considered a deep class. They do need better depth.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III received his Ed Block Courage Award Monday night in Baltimore. Safe to say this award meant a ton to him after enduring what he did in the last year, not only with his knee but with the whole coach-quarterback relationship issue. The fact that it was voted on by teammates clearly meant a lot to him.
I don’t know exactly where things stand with safety Ryan Clark other than the Redskins are still on his list and they're still in communication. To say they’re negotiating suggests numbers flying back and forth. Not sure that’s the case. But clearly the sides have discussed a monetary amount. Clark also has drawn interest from Baltimore and the New York Jets.
We already knew that Griffin would be getting together with skill-position teammates in Arizona this offseason to work out. The Washington Post’s Mike Jones provides a few more details on the trip, like who is expected to attend. Newly signed receiver Andre Roberts is among those who will attend. Griffin did this before his rookie season, but could not do so last offseason because of his knee.
Griffin told CSN Washington at the dinner to receive his Ed Block Courage Award that he would not wear the knee brace this season. Not a surprise since it’s been mentioned on a number of occasions this would likely be the case, but it’s the first time since after the season that Griffin has said anything about the brace.
Griffin also will soon spend two weeks training with Terry Shea, the quarterback coach who worked with him before the draft. It's been a good offseason thus far for Griffin, just in terms of drama (none) and the ability to work the way he needs to get ready for the season.