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2018 Redskins Free Agency Journal

Posted Apr 3, 2018

Stay up to the minute with all the deals officially in the books, and be sure to check back with Redskins.com for continuing 2018 free agency coverage. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

The Washington Redskins will look reload for the 2018 season, starting with free agency. New talent from around the league will be brought in and some familiar faces will return. Here’s the list of those who have officially signed.

Stay up to the minute with all the deals officially in the books, and be sure to check back with Redskins.com for continuing 2018 free agency coverage. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


Free Agents Added To The Roster:

Linebacker Pernell McPhee (March 26)

The Redskins added a veteran linebacker to pair with the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Ryan Anderson with the signing of Pernell McPhee.

Like Kerrigan, McPhee is entering season No. 8 after being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

For his career, McPhee has collected 182 tackles (139 solo) along with 31 sacks, 12 passes defensed, six fumbles forced and one interception.

Last season, McPhee played in 13 games for Chicago, starting five, and contributed 21 tackles (20 solo), 4.0 sacks and a forced fumble. He has forced a fumble in six of his seven NFL seasons.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Sign Linebacker Pernell McPhee

Redskins.com: In 'Real Close' Decision, Pernell McPhee Chose The Redskins

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick (March 19)

Orlando Scandrick is staying in the NFC East after 10 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Scandrick signed with the Redskins just days after his stint with the Cowboys ended. For his career, the Boise State product has appeared in 125 career regular season games with 69 starts, compiling 391 tackles (347 solo), 63 passes defensed, 11.5 sacks, eight interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown), eight forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

With his addition, the Redskins now have five cornerbacks on the active roster as he joins Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Joshua Holsey.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Sign Cornerback Orlando Scandrick

Redskins.com: Orlando Scandrick Excited For His Future In Washington

Redskins.com: Five Things To Know About Orlando Scandrick


Punter Sam Irwin-Hill (March 16)

While Tress Way has proven to be one of the league’s best punters over the last few years, the Redskins have added a second player to the position with the signing of Sam Irwin-Hill.

Irwin-Hill spent the 2017 offseason with the Dallas Cowboys after signing as a college free agent.

He was waived by the Cowboys in September after averaging 38.3 yards on 15 punts, including five downed inside the 20, during the 2017 preseason.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Sign Punter Sam Irwin-Hill


Wide Receiver Paul Richardson Jr. (March 15)

The Redskins were looking to add some speed to their offense and they’ve gotten just that with the signing of former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr.

After being a reserve for his first three seasons in Seattle, Richardson finally got the chance to be a more consistent contributor in 2017 and didn’t disappoint with his extra playing time, recording 44 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns.

But Richardson, 25, believes his best play is ahead of him.

“I don’t think I’ve scratched it,” said Richardson when asked about reaching his potential. “I think I was able to open some eyes and create an opportunity for myself to grow even more and to be able to show just everything that I was brought in this league to do. To challenge guys, to compete for balls and to make big plays, I really enjoy that.”

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Redskins.com: Redskins Sign Wide Receiver Paul Richardson Jr.

Redskins.com: Making The ‘Best Decision,’ Paul Richardson Jr Ready To Excel In Washington

Redskins.com: Paul Richardson Jr. Ready To Prove Worth With New Team


Redskins Retained In Free Agency:

Defensive Lineman Phil Taylor Sr. (April 3)

Phil Taylor Sr. was in line to become Washington's starting nose tackle in 2018. It was one of Washington's top storylines from training camp, as the former first-round pick had missed two full seasons due to injuries and even contemplated retirement before giving football one more try.

While Taylor's comeback story was cut short in the preseason due to a torn quad tendon, the Redskins have re-signed the veteran in hopes he can produce similar to last year's training camp.

In 44 career regular season games with the Cleveland Browns from 2011-14, the Baylor product recorded 109 tackles (69 solo) along with seven sacks and three passes defensed.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Sign Defensive Lineman Phil Taylor Sr.


Wide Receiver Brian Quick (March 16)

Brian Quick is returning to Washington for a second season.

Quick (6-3, 218) originally entered the NFL as a second round pick (No. 33 overall) of the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft. He appeared in 78 career regular season games with 24 starts, compiling 111 receptions for 1,575 yards with 10 receiving touchdowns.

In his first season with Washington in 2017, Quick played in 11 games with one start. He caught six passes for 76 yards, including a key 31-yard reception to jumpstart the team’s game-winning drive in Week 9 at Seattle.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Re-Sign Wide Receiver Brian Quick



Linebacker Zach Brown (March 15)

Zach Brown didn’t need to wait for more than a month to sign this go in free agency, as the former Pro Bowler was brought back by the Redskins a little more than 24 hours after the markets opened.

Brown, 28, spent the 2017 season with the Redskins and recorded a team-high 127 tackles despite missing the final three contests with injuries.

In six NFL seasons with the Titans (2012-15), Buffalo Bills (2016) and Redskins (2017), Brown has appeared in 78 career regular season games with 62 starts, compiling 535 career tackles (375 solo), 19 passes defensed, 16.5 sacks, seven interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns), four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Re-Sign Linebacker Zach Brown

Redskins.com: Zach Brown Excited To Leave A Long-Term Legacy In Washington



Kicker Dustin Hopkins (March 12)

Dustin Hopkins will return to his role as Washington’s kicker after re-signing with the Redskins two days before free agency opened.

Hopkins (6-2, 203) was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (No. 177 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He joined the Redskins in Week 2 of the 2015 season and has kicked in 39 regular season games, converting 73-of-87 field goal attempts (83.9 percent) and 93-of-98 PATs (94.9 percent).

Hopkins ranks fifth in team history in field goals made (73), fifth in PATs made (93) and 13th in points (312, fifth-most among kickers). His 83.9 field goal percentage ranks second in franchise records among kickers with at least 50 field goal attempts, and his 34 made field goals during the 2016 campaign set a single-season team record.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Re-Sign Kicker Dustin Hopkins


Safety Deshazor Everett (March 6)

Deshazor Everett first joined the Redskins as a free agent cornerback signing during Washington’s 2015 training camp.

After spending the 2015 season as cornerback, Everett made the switch to safety two years ago.

During the 2016-17 seasons combined, the Texas A&M product totaled 78 tackles along with six passes defensed, one interception and one fumble forced.

He started eight games in 2017.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Re-Sign Deshazor Everett To Multi-Year Deal

Redskins.com: Deshazor Everett Excited To Keep Learning After Re-Signing With Redskins


Linebacker Mason Foster (Jan. 25)

Mason Foster didn’t want to leave Washington and the Redskins didn’t want him to go anywhere either, re-signing the eight-year veteran back in January.

After spending his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foster was briefly a member of the Chicago Bears before joining the Redskins four games into the 2015 season.

As a full-time started in 2016, Foster recorded a career-high 124 tackles (89 solo) along with three passes defensed and one fumble forced.

While his 2017 campaign was cut short at just five games, Foster did record a game-winning interception in a Week 2 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

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Redskins.com: Redskins Re-Sign Linebacker Mason Foster

Redskins.com: With Unfinished Business In Washington, Mason Foster Wants To Leave A Legacy


Redskins Departing In Free Agency:

  • Linebacker Trent Murphy (Buffalo Bills, March 14)
  • Quarterback Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings, March 15)
  • Tight End Niles Paul (Jacksonville Jaguars, March 15)
  • Center Spencer Long (New York Jets, March 18)
  • Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. (New York Jets, March 24)

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