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May 13, 2012: NFL.com reports that the Redskins have brought back running back Tim Hightower on a one-year contract. Hightower performed well prior to a season-ending injury and will be part of an intriguing rotation, along with youngsters Roy Helu and Evan Royster.
May 1, 2012: Redskins.com has confirmed the dual signings of kicker Neil Rackers and linebacker Jonathan Goff. Rackers, formerly a member of the Houston Texans, should be given every chance to supplant the inconsistent Graham Gano. While ex-New York Giant Goff can partner London Fletcher at inside linebacker.
April 24, 2012: The Washington Post has reported that the Redskins have signed rush end Chris Wilson. The ex-Redskin rejoins the team after two seasons in the CFL and can be a valuable reserve behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.
April 23, 2012: CSNWashington.com has reported that the Redskins have signed linebacker Bryan Kehl. The four-year pro is a special teams ace and is expected to backup at inside linebacker. Kehl has NFC East experience, having begun his career with the New York Giants.
April 16, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Redskins have re-signed LB London Fletcher.
April 13, 2012: NFL.com is reporting that the Redskins have added another piece to their rebuilding secondary, with the signing of safety Tanard Jackson. The ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneer is said to have signed a one-year deal to move to the NFC East.
April 11, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Redskins have re-signed DE Kedric Golston and signed free agent CB Leigh Torrence.
Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area is reporting the Redskins have signed S Madieu Williams.
April 10, 2012: Redskins.com reports that the team has signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup offensive tackle James Lee. The signing is expected to bolster the depth of the Redskins front five.
March 20, 2012: The Washington Post has reported that restricted free agent Kory Lichtensteiger has signed his tender to return this season. Lichtensteiger will earn $1.2 million this year and will hope to put his injury problems behind him.
March 18, 2012: The Washington Post has confirmed that the team has re-signed quarterback Rex Grossman on a one-year deal.
Grossman has excellent knowledge of the offense which will prove invaluable to prospective draft pick Robert Griffin III.
March 16, 2012: Espn.com has reported that the Redskins have agreed terms on a one-year deal with Minnesota Vikings defensive back Cedric Griffin.
March 15, 2012: Report: Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports the Redskins sign safety Brandon Merriweather to a two-year $6 million deal.
March 13, 2012:
Update: According to ProFootballTalk via their Twitter, the Redskins have officially signed WR Josh Morgan. The deal is reportedly worth up to $12 million with $7.5 guaranteed.
Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com is reporting via his Twitter that Pierre Garcon has signed a five-year $42.5 million contract with the Redskins. Reportedly $21.5 of it is guaranteed.
Jason La Cafora is reporting via his Twitter that the Redskins have signed defensive lineman Adam Carriker. The deal is reportedly worth $20 million for four-years with #7 million guaranteed.
March 12: ProFootballTalk is reporting the Redskins have released Oshiomogho Atogwe and Mike Sellers saving the team $4.5 million dollars.
The following players are unrestricted free agents (UFAs). These players can negotiate with any other NFL team:
Rocky McIntosh ILB
Tim Hightower RB
London Fletcher ILB
LaRon Landry S
Donte' Stallworth WR
Rex Grossman QB
Sav Rocca P
Adam Carriker DL
Kedric Golston DL
Sean Locklear OT
Phillip Buchannon CB
Doug Worthington DL
Keyaron Fox ILB
London Fletcher headlines this group and re-sigining the veteran tackling ace has to remain a priority for the Redskins front office.
Rex Grossman and Tim Hightower present interesting dilemmas. Grossman has his issues, but his system experience could prove invaluable to a rookie quarterback in 2012.
In the same way, any rookie would benefit from having a player of Hightower's versatility in the backfield.
Adam Carriker is a player many would like to see stay in D.C. He has made one of the more successful transitions from a 4-3 defense to the 3-4 base currently favoured by the Redskins.
The future of La Ron Landry remains a major question. While he is capable of big plays, his injury history and potentially high contract value could convince the Redskins to part ways with the all-action safety.
The following players are restricted free agents (RFAs). NFL.com lists the restricted tender values at $1.26 million for regular tenders, $1.927 million at the second-round level and $2.742 million for a first-round tender.
The Redskins have the first option at retaining these players with the right to receive draft picks as compensation should any of them sign elsewhere:
Evan Royster RB
Willie Smith OT
Aldrick Robinson WR
Byron Westbrook CB
Kory Lichtensteiger C/G
Graham Gano K
The Redskins moved quickly to tender Gano and Lichtensteiger. When healthy Lichtensteiger is a highly effective zone blocking lineman. However, he has been beset by injury and the Redskins may use free agency to find a more durable alternative at left guard.