Redskins Suing H.B. Blades After Overpaying Former LB $40,000: Details, Comments

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

Washington Redskins linebacker H.B. Blades looks down the bench during the NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Nick Wass/Associated Press

The Washington Redskins are reportedly suing H.B. Blades in a New York federal court to recoup $40,000 they accidentally paid the former linebacker in December 2013 "as a result of a clerical error," according to TMZ.

The summons noted Blades has "21 days from receipt of the document to reply to the Redskins' complaint," according to the Washington Post's Liz Clarke. "Failure to respond, it noted, would result in 'judgment by default.'"

H.B. Blades' Career Earnings
SeasonBase SalarySigning Bonus
2007$285,000$26,625
2008$370,000$26,625
2009$460,000$26,625
2010$550,000$26,625
2011 (Cut Before Season)$685,000$50,000
Source: Spotrac.com

Clarke added that the Redskins reportedly paid Blades, who played for the team for four seasons after it selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, "a $40,000 severance on Sept. 28, 2012," before committing the clerical error over a year later.

And while Blades reportedly agreed to repay the Redskins $20,658.88 following an arbitration hearing, per Clarke, he has yet to part with the agreed-upon cash.

Over the course of his brief NFL career, Blades amassed 139 total tackles. He has not returned to the gridiron since the team cut him right before the start of the 2011 season.