Washington Football Team offseason tracker 2021: Draft recap, key dates, free agency scorecard and more

Washington Football Team offseason tracker 2021: Draft recap, key dates, free agency scorecard and more


Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team have been one of the clear winners of the 2021 NFL offseason. They found some gems in free agency and also put together quite a class in the 2021 NFL Draft. Washington used its first pick at No. 19 overall on former Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis, who led the Wildcats last year with 102 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks. He’s an athletic linebacker who could dominate the second level, and should make an immediate impact. With the No. 51 overall pick, Washington then drafted prospective offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi out of Texas. He was All-Big 12 in 2020, and allowed just three sacks over the past two seasons. In the third round, Washington drafted Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St-Juste and speedy North Carolina wide receiver Dyami Brown. Below, we will list all of Washington’s draft picks. 

Washington picked up a few notable free agents and also made an interesting trade leading up to the draft. As we continue to move through the offseason, this hub will serve as a go-to spot for everything related to Washington. We’ll have all the important dates, free agency updates, draft content and the latest rumors and news revolving around what’s going on in Washington. Every single piece we publish regarding the Football Team can be found at the bottom of this piece for a chronological timeline of what has occurred thus far. 

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • First round (No. 19 overall): LB Jamin Davis (Kentucky)
  • Second round (No. 51 overall): OT Samuel Cosmi (Texas)

  • Third round (No. 74 overall): CB Benjamin St-Juste (Minnesota)
  • Third round (No. 82 overall): WR Dyami Brown (UNC)
  • Fourth round (No. 124 overall): TE John Bates (Boise State)
  • Fifth round (No. 163 overall): S Darrick Forrest (Cincinnati)
  • Sixth round (No. 225 overall): LS Camaron Cheeseman (Michigan)
  • Seventh round (No. 240 overall): LB William Bradley-King (Baylor)
  • Seventh round (No. 246 overall): DE Shaka Toney (Penn State)
  • Seventh round (No. 258 overall): WR Dax Milne (BYU)

Washington’s free agents

(H/T Spotrac)

OG Brandon Scherff (franchise tagged)

QB Kyle Allen (re-signed)

DE Ryan Kerrigan (signed with Eagles)

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (signed with Texans)

CB Ronald Darby (signed with Broncos) 

K Dustin Hopkins (re-signed) 

LB Reuben Foster

OT David Sharpe (re-signed)

OLB Ryan Anderson (signed with Giants)

LS Nick Sundberg

RB Lamar Miller (re-signed)

OLB Mychal Kendricks

OLB Jared Norris (re-signed)

CB Fabian Moreau (signed with Falcons)

WR Robert Foster (signed with Dolphins)

TE Jeremy Sprinkle (signed with Cowboys)

CB Danny Johnson (re-signed)

WR Cam Sims (ERFA, low-round tender)

Signings from other teams

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Dolphins)

CB William Jackson III (Bengals)

WR Curtis Samuel (Panthers)

OG Beau Benzschawel (Texans)

C Tyler Larsen (Panthers)

WR Adam Humphries (Titans)

CB Darryl Roberts (Lions)

LB David Mayo (Giants)

WR DeAndre Carter (Texans)

TE Sammis Reyes

OT Charles Leno (Bears)

S Bobby McCain (Dolphins)

Rumors, reports and updates

Predicting every game on Washington’s schedule

May 25: Jordan Dajani predicted every game on Washington’s 2021 schedule. Check out his analysis, here.  

Washington releases Morgan Moses

May 20: After reportedly getting permission to seek a trade, veteran offensive lineman Morgan Moses has instead been released by the Washington Football Team. Washington’s starting right tackle since 2015, Moses was deemed expendable after the Football Team acquired several new offensive tackles — including second-round pick Samuel Cosmi — over the past month. Moses’ 2021 salary (he was slated to make $7.75) likely limited Washington’s options via a trade. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Dan Snyder says Washington has ‘big plans’ for new stadium opening by 2027

May 20: It’s no secret that Washington Football Team is eyeing a move out of FedEx Field. Team owner Daniel Snyder has previously proposed building an entirely new stadium on the site of the current complex. And club executives have been envisioning new digs as far back as 2016, when Snyder reportedly hoped to build a literal moat around a new stadium. On Thursday, while kicking off an international stadium tour with team president Jason Wright, Snyder confirmed to TMZ Sports that Washington has “big plans” for a new home and intends to open its next stadium by 2027.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here

Washington to allow longtime starting tackle Morgan Moses to seek a trade, per report

May 18: The Washington Football Team is seemingly on the doorstep of beginning a new era along the offensive line. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the club is likely to move on from longtime tackle Morgan Moses and have allowed him the ability to go out and seek a trade. The 30-year-old has been with the organization since Washington drafted him in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Virginia. 

Read more from Tyler Sullivan’s story, here

NFC East burning questions

May 18: Cody Benjamin lists a burning question for each NFC East team. Check out his story, here

Ryan Kerrigan signing with rival Eagles

May 17: It’s the end of an era in the nation’s capital, with Ryan Kerrigan officially waving goodbye to the Washington Football Team. He’d waste no time in inking a new deal once he did, and it’s with his longtime nemesis, agreeing to join the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal — the Eagles announced — and that’s sure to make the coming 2021 battles between the two teams that much more intense.

Read more from Patrik Walker’s story, here.

Is the NFC East due for a big rebound? Why Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Washington could all be good in 2021

May 13: Cody Benjamin says the worst division in the NFL last year is primed to host a real competition in 2021. Check out his story, here

Washington Football Team 2021 schedule: Dates, times, TV, key games, toughest matchup, season prediction

May 12: Jeff Kerr broke down everything you need to know about Washington’s schedule in 2021. Check out his story, here

Washington signs former Bears LT Charles Leno Jr. to one-year, $5M deal, per report

May 12: After seven seasons in Chicago, former Pro Bowl left tackle Charles Leno Jr. is heading to Washington. The veteran lineman has come to terms with the Football Team on a one-year, $5 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Washington offensive coordinator ‘fired up’ for Curtis Samuel

May 10: Coming off an age-24 season where he caught a career-high 77 passes for a career-high 851 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding a career-high 41 carries for a career-high 200 yards and two more scores, Samuel did what had to have seemed like the next-best thing to returning to the only NFL team he’d previously known: signed up with his old coaching staff in Washington. 

Ron Rivera was Samuel’s head coach for the first three years of his NFL career, and is now the head coach of the Football Team. Scott Turner was the team’s quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator, and he’s now the coordinator under Rivera in Washington. The Football Team needed a No. 2 wideout behind Terry McLaurin, and that’s where Samuel came in. 

Read more from Jared Dubin’s story, here

2021 NFL Draft: What Washington didn’t do and one thing the Football Team definitely got right

May 3: Jordan Dajani lists one thing Washington didn’t do in the 2021 NFL Draft and one thing they definitely got right. Check out his story, here

Dolphins trade Ereck Flowers to Washington in swap of seventh-round picks

April 27: Ereck Flowers is back with the Washington Football Team, just two years after revitalizing his career there. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Miami Dolphins sent Flowers to Washington. The deal involves a swap of seventh-round draft picks with Washington sending the 244th overall selection to Miami in exchange for Flowers and the 258th overall pick.

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Alex Smith says Washington coaches didn’t support his comeback, calls them ‘patronizing’

April 23: Many in the sports world rallied behind Smith, impressed with his work ethic, his desire to return to football and the motivation he had during his recovery, but Smith says some in the Washington Football Team organization were not as supportive.

Smith called the coaches “patronizing,” saying all they wanted from his recovery was a “cute story.” His father, Doug, also had strong words for the team saying they “sabotaged” Alex’s return.

Read more from Shanna McCarriston’s story, here

Jordan Reed retires due to issues with concussions

April 20: Jordan Reed has decided to retire from football after attempting a comeback last season. Reed, 30, who battled numerous injuries that damaged a promising start to his career, is walking away from the game after eight total seasons in the league — one of which (2019) he sat out due to injury. His last was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, while the other six he played in came with the Washington Football Team.

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Alex Smith announces retirement

April 19: Months after winning NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Alex Smith has announced his retirement following a 16-year career. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, Smith ends his career on his own terms after a devastating leg injury sustained in 2018 threatened to make that decision for him. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Washington Football Team GM: We feel ‘confident and comfortable’ with our quarterbacks

April 16: Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this offseason, which gives the team a solid option as a bridge quarterback. He’s played that role for several franchises over the years, and played it well. But Washington doesn’t yet have the quarterback that Fitzpatrick will be a bridge to — unless you believe it’s Taylor Heinicke or Kyle Allen; but if it was, why would they have needed to sign Fitzpatrick? 

Nevertheless, general manager Martin Mayhew isn’t worried. “We do feel very confident and comfortable with the quarterbacks on our roster now,” Mayhew said, per the Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. 

Read more from Jared Dubin’s story, here

Washington NFL team might change its name and here are some of the options fans are being asked to consider

April 15: After undergoing a name change prior to the 2020 NFL season, the Washington Football Team will be sticking with the WFT name for at least one more year, but after the 2021 season, there could potentially be another change coming. 

Read more from John Breech’s story, here

Washington signs Sammis Reyes, a former college basketball player turned tight end

April 13: The Washington Football Team has been one of the most active teams in free agency this offseason, and they just made another intriguing signing. On Tuesday, Washington announced that it had signed tight end Sammis Reyes. If you’re not familiar with Reyes’ name, you are not alone. He actually didn’t play football in college; he was a basketball player.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Washington Football Team’s plan for the perfect 2021 NFL Draft

April 12: CBS NFL writer Jordan Dajani explained his three-step plan for Washington to pull off the perfect 2021 NFL Draft. Check out his article, here

Ryan Fitzpatrick is No. 1 quarterback for Washington, but ‘there will be a competition’

April 2: Ryan Fitzpatrick will enter training camp as the starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team. Whether he keeps that job through the preseason will be up to him. 

Washington head coach Ron Rivera disclosed Fitzpatrick will the No. 1 quarterback this offseason, but he won’t hand him the job. In typical Fitzpatrick fashion, he’ll have to battle for the starting role if he wants to keep it. 

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Taylor Heinicke embracing ‘fun battle’ with Ryan Fitzpatrick for Washington starting QB job

March 31: “It’s going to be a fun battle,” Heinicke told Washington Football Todayvia Peter Hailey of NBC Sports Washington. “We’re going to hopefully help each other. I’m looking forward to picking his brain, getting better as a quarterback in that way, and whatever unfolds, unfolds. But, again, I’m excited for the addition, I’m excited for this offense that we’ve put together.”

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Washington Football Team seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft

March 31: Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports conducted an entire seven-round mock draft as general manager of the Washington Football Team. Check out his selections and his full article, here

Washington will strongly consider drafting a quarterback despite adding Ryan Fitzpatrick

March 29: When Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a one-year, $10 million contract with Washington Football Team in free agency, he seemingly secured the starting quarterback job for the reigning NFC East champions. As the 2021 NFL Draft draws closer, however, that may not actually be the case. According to ESPN’s John Keim, Washington still has many areas it wants to address through the draft, and quarterback could very well be one of them. The team will “strongly consider drafting” a new signal-caller “if one they like is available,” per Keim, perhaps even as high as No. 19 overall.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here

Washington Football Team signs former Titans receiver Adam Humphries

March 25: The Washington Football Team has been active in free agency — especially when it comes to the wide receiver position. They added another wideout on Thursday, as the team announced that they had signed former Tennessee Titans slot receiver Adam Humphries. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Washington Football Team interested in Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry

March 24: The Washington Football Team has had a fantastic offseason, and they are reportedly looking at adding another wide receiver via trade. According to ESPN’s John Keim, Washington is “monitoring” the situation of New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry. New Washington general manager Martin Mayhew was with the San Francisco 49ers when they reportedly showed interest in Harry ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, and that interest apparently hasn’t wavered.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder reaches agreement to buy out partners

March 24: The Washington Football Team and its ownership have been at odds for some time now, but a resolution has reportedly come to fruition. On Wednesday morning, Tyler Dunne of “Go Long” reported that Washington majority owner Dan Snyder is buying out the minority owners’ 40.5 percent stake in the team. Snyder reportedly requested a debt waiver for $450 million to fund the deal, and it has apparently been approved by the NFL finance committee. The total cost of these shares are more than $800 million, according to The New York Times. CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed the financial move, and adds that Snyder will eventually sell minority shares back to other investors.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Washington team president Jason Wright says Football Team name may remain past 2021

March 23: The Washington Football Team name is starting to grow on the fans in the DMV area, despite being the only franchise in the four major American sports without a nickname. That’s just fine with team president Jason Wright, as the franchise is strongly considering making the WFT name permanent. 

“There are a set of folks that have warmed to the Washington Football Team,” Wright said to ESPN’s John Keim. “Some of the things that are emerging from that are the Washington Football Team has something that ties deeply to our history. It feels like that isn’t jettisoning all the things we have been in the past, whereas something that’s completely new might feel that way.

“It’s important for a substantial part of our fan base to feel that this is a continuation of something versus a complete reset, something brand new.”

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Former Panthers receiver Curtis Samuel to sign three-year, $34.5 million deal with Washington

March 17: After trying to acquire him last season, Ron Rivera has finally been reunited with Curtis Samuel. The former Panthers receiver has come to terms on a three-year, $34.5 million deal with Washington, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Rivera tried to trade for Samuel during the 2020 season but Panthers then general manager Marty Hurney refused, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Washington agrees to terms with cornerback William Jackson III on a three-year, $42 million deal

March 16: The Washington Football Team reportedly agreed to terms with one of the top defensive free agents on the open market on Tuesday night. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington and former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson III have agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Jackson will receive $26 million guaranteed. In his first stint in free agency, it didn’t take Jackson long to find an interested team willing to give him the kind of money he was looking for.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Ryan Fitzpatrick agrees to one-year deal with Washington, expected to enter camp as starter

March 15: Ryan Fitzpatrick’s ninth stop in the NFL has him landing with the Washington Football Team. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Fitzpatrick has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the club on Monday evening. The contract is worth $10 million but could grow to $12 million if the journeyman hits specific incentives. Schefter adds that Fitzpatrick is expected to head into camp as Washington’s starter with Taylor Heinicke competing for the gig as well. CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora said Washington was also exploring other options at QB.

Read more from Tyler Sullivan’s story, here

Brandon Scherff signs franchise tag

March 13: All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff is ready to play on the franchise tag yet again. According to NFL.com, Scherff has signed his franchise tender with the Washington Football Team. The Football Team tagged Scherff in 2020 and has done so again for the 2021 campaign. Scherff’s 2021 salary will be just north of $18 million, which is 120% of the approximately $15 million figure he made last year. 

Read more from Jared Dubin’s story, here

Washington tenders Kyle Allen

March 10: While their quarterback situation in limbo, the Washington Football Team has decided to keep Kyle Allen in D.C. for the 2021 season. Washington has tendered Allen, who started four games last season before suffering a dislocated ankle that ended his season. A former undrafted rookie, Allen started one game for the Panthers during the 2018 season. With Cam Newton injured, Allen started 12 games in 2019, going 5-7. That season, he completed 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Washington places franchise tag on guard Brandon Scherff for second straight year

March 8: The Washington Football Team has once again placed the franchise tag on guard Brandon Scherff, the club announced Monday night. Both sides will continue to work toward a long-term deal, according to NFL Network. Washington has until 4 p.m. on July 15 to sign Scherff to a multiyear contract. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here.

Five veteran QB options Washington can target to replace Alex Smith

March 5: CBS Sports’ Tyler Sullivan identified five intriguing veteran quarterbacks who could replace Smith. Check out his story, here

Washington releases Alex Smith

March 5: When Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith went public last week with how the franchise did not seem to support him in his miraculous return from a serious leg injury, it appeared to signal the end of his time in Washington. Well, that has since come to fruition as Washington has informed Smith that they have granted his request to be released. This move was to be expected as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones previously reported that the two sides would separate in the near future. Releasing Smith will reportedly save the team nearly $15 million.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Washington releases Thomas Davis, who will sign a one-day contract to retire with Panthers

March 3: Thomas Davis announced in December that the 2020 season would be his last. On Wednesday, the Washington Football Team released Davis so that he could retire as a member of the Carolina Panthers, his team for 13 of his 16 NFL seasons. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Five teams have called Texans about Deshaun Watson, but Washington is not one

March 2: During a Tuesday appearance on “BMitch and Finlay” on 106.7 “The Fan,” John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that five teams have called Houston about Watson, but that the Washington Football Team was not one of them, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. Washington is one of the several teams in the market for a new quarterback, and it was even reported earlier this week that they would be parting ways with Alex Smith in the coming days. While Washington has been in quarterback purgatory for the last several years and acquiring Watson would certainly solve a long-standing problem, McClain’s report isn’t surprising. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Taylor Heinicke wants team to keep Alex Smith on the 2021 roster

Feb. 26: It certainly seems as if Alex Smith is done both in and with Washington. The veteran quarterback aired out a lot of dirty laundry recently as it relates to what it took for him to get back onto an NFL field, and not physically, but instead mentally in a battle of sorts with the Football Team. Smith made it known the organization “didn’t want me” to return from his nearly career-ending injury, and that they hesitated to give him “a fair shake” at suiting up again, an allegation supported by the team trying to give the now-ousted Dwayne Haskins multiple shots at being QB1 while developing Taylor Heinicke for the role as well.

Heinicke doesn’t want to see Smith leave, though. 

“He means a lot to the team,” said the 27-year-old, via NFL.com. “He brings a lot to the table. Hopefully we can bring him back. I know a lot of the guys love him and he’s good for the locker room and he can still play.”

Read more from Patrik Walker’s story, here

Why Alex Smith’s epic Washington comeback story was always too good to be entirely true, and what comes next

Feb. 24: Some stories are just too good to be true. They sound a little too much like a fairy tale for the meat grinder that is major professional sports. The return of Alex Smith to the Washington Football Team certainly qualifies.

The physical comeback itself, and the heroic measures that Smith took on to overcome life-threatening injuries and infections and all of the surgeries and the incredible odds he shattered will live on forever as one of the more improbable and remarkable redemption stories in modern NFL history. But the idea that it was without tension, or conflict, or struggle, given all that was going on within that long-troubled organization — the sentiment that this was a collective kumbaya endeavor between player and team — was always naïve. It belied the economics and interpersonal dynamics and harsh realities of roster regulations, and salary caps and payrolls. The gleam is certainly off that part of the story now following Smith’s candid but hardly unexpected remarks to GQ magazine published this week.

Read more from Jason La Canfora’s story, here

Alex Smith’s explosive comments toward Washington reportedly fueled by two different slights

Feb. 24: Clearly it has been a tough few years for Smith, but what would cause him to verbally attack his current team? This is something that 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen set out to discover, and in talking to several people in and around the Washington Football Team, he has come up with two primary instances which compounded Smith’s frustration.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Alex Smith says Washington ‘didn’t want me’ after return from injury, hesitated to give him ‘fair shake’

Feb. 23: Speaking with GQ‘s Clay Skipper this week, Smith did not mince words when recounting his road back to the field, indicating that Washington was initially very resistant to the idea of the 36-year-old quarterback actually taking snaps in 2020.

“They never thought I was coming back,” Smith said. “When I decided to come back, I definitely threw a wrench in the team’s plan. They didn’t see it, didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance. Mind you, it was a whole new regime; they came in, I’m like the leftovers and I’m hurt and I’m this liability.”

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here

Washington Football Team will keep name through 2021, unveil new identity in 2022

Feb. 23: Washington won its first NFC East title in six years while debuting a new nickname in 2020, marking a victorious start to the franchise’s run as the Washington Football Team. That run is likely to last just one more season, however, thanks to an announcement from the club’s official re-branding website. Built in 2020 after the team retired its former moniker that was a slur used against Indigenous people — and the franchise nickname since 1933 — the site revealed this week that the Washington Football Team will keep its name through 2021, then unveil a new identity for the 2022 season.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could be eyeing ownership of Washington Football Team, per report

Feb. 23: Months after the Washington Football Team’s minority stakeholders reportedly began pressuring owner Daniel Snyder to sell the franchise, one man could be angling to take the club off Snyder’s hands. According to Front Office Sports’ A.J. Perez, billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is interested in owning an NFL team and may now have Washington circled as part of “his private wish list.” 

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here

Washington using a second franchise tag on Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff still an option

Feb. 22: Washington is once again hoping to sign Scherff to a long-term deal — but a second franchise tag is reportedly still on the table.

tyNicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reported that Washington has no intention of letting Scherff hit free agency, and that they want to sign him to a long-term deal. Jhabvala reports that people familiar with the situation say Washington could end up using the franchise tag on Scherff a second time if no deal is agreed to, however.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

NFC East 2021 offseason needs

Feb. 17: Patrik Walker gives his top offseason needs for the Washington Football Team. Read his piece, here

Washington names former Colts general manager Chris Polian as director of pro personnel

Feb. 15:  Washington announced that it had hired Chris Polian as its new director of pro personnel. Polian is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, who was a six-time NFL Executive of the Year award winner, and team president as well as general manager of the Indianapolis Colts when they won Super Bowl XLI.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Washington signs quarterback Taylor Heinicke to two-year deal worth $8.75M

Feb. 10:  The Washington Football Team locked up a quarterback who could end up starting some games in 2021. Washington announced it had signed Taylor Heinicke to a two-year extension. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the new deal is worth $8.75 million, and includes incentives for number of games started.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Chase Young named 2020 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year

Feb. 6: Chase Young has won the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award after completing arguably the best rookie season in Washington Football Team history. Young is the first Washington player to win the award, and he finished his first season with 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and four passes defensed — a star on a Washington defensive line that finished sixth in the NFL in sacks (47) and second in yards per game allowed (304.6). Young and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson were the only two rookies to be selected to the Pro Bowl this year.

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Washington’s Alex Smith named 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Feb. 6: Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith has been named the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year for returning to football after he almost lost his right leg along with his life. After being taken down in an awkward fashion on Nov. 18, 2018 during a matchup against the Houston Texans, Smith suffered a compound fracture of his right tibia and a fractured right fibula. Smith underwent 17 surgeries to repair his leg and fought off an infection that nearly caused doctors to amputate the limb. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Washington executives want to be ‘smart and aggressive’ in finding a new quarterback

Feb. 3: Both (Martin) Mayhew and (Marty) Hurney were complimentary of Washington quarterback Alex Smith — especially considering his incredible comeback story. But that doesn’t mean that the franchise won’t look to upgrade at the position. Mayhew said that Washington will look at the quarterback situation “very thoroughly,” according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, while Mayhew said that Washington wants to be “smart and aggressive” in finding a new quarterback. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Matthew Stafford trade: 49ers, Colts, Washington also sought to acquire QB, per reports

Jan. 31: While Stafford will ultimately end up in Los Angeles, several other teams were hoping to acquire his services. The 49ers, Colts, Panthers, the Washington Football Team, and Broncos were also interested in acquiring Stafford and were part of the Rams‘ competition to land him, per NBC Sports Peter King. In fact, Washington’s offer to Detroit was better for the Lions this year than what they ultimately will receive from the Rams, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. Ben Standig of The Athletic added that Washington’s offer included more immediate help than what the Lions landed.

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Washington Football Team promotes Jennifer King to full-time offensive assistant

Jan. 26: Sarah Thomas made history by becoming the first woman to be named to a Super Bowl officiating crew. Days later, another woman has logged an achievement for the record books, with Washington Football Team’s Jennifer King becoming just the third active full-time female coach in the NFL and the first Black woman to secure a full-time role. King, who spent 2020 as an intern under Ron Rivera, has been promoted to a full-time offensive assistant role with the team ahead of the 2021 season, as the team announced she was named assistant running backs coach.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here

Washington names Martin Mayhew as new general manager, assigns Marty Hurney to executive role

Jan. 22: Days after reportedly finalizing a deal with longtime Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney to run their own front office, Washington Football Team has reversed course a bit and named Martin Mayhew its GM ahead of the 2021 season, the team announced. Hurney will instead reportedly be named Executive Vice President of Football/Player Personnel, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, but it’s Mayhew, the former San Francisco 49ers executive and ex-NFL cornerback, who’ll now be leading the team alongside coach Ron Rivera.

Read more from Cody Benjamin and Patrik Walker, here

Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan ‘definitely wants to be a starter’ on new contract

Jan. 12: As he eyes free agency this offseason, the 32-year-old is crystal clear in what he hopes to obtain with a new NFL contract, and it’s not being relegated to rotational duty. 

“I definitely want to be a starter,” Kerrigan said, via The Washington Post. “I mean, I think any player would say that. I don’t think anybody just wants to settle for being a role player or a reserve player.”

Read more from Patrik Walker’s story, here

Three-step plan to fix Washington in 2021: Solidifying the future at quarterback comes first

Jan. 11: Jordan Dajani created a three-step plan to fix Washington in 2021. Check out his piece, here

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