Rob Jackson agrees to terms on a one-year contract
The Redskins took care of their own. At least some of them. Washington re-signed two restricted free agents and agreed to terms with a third, in each case providing better terms than if they had needed to tender them an offer.
The Redskins re-signed tight end Logan Paulsen and fullback Darrel Young while agreeing to terms with linebacker Rob Jackson. That left three restricted free agents unsigned as of Saturday evening: returner Brandon Banks, long snapper Nick Sundberg and nose tackle Chris Baker. The Redskins could be parting ways with Banks and perhaps Baker, knowing that Chris Neild can serve as a backup nose tackle this year.
Paulsen agreed to a three-year deal worth $4 million with a potential to reach $7 million based on incentives and escalator clauses. He received a $1.1 million signing bonus. Young's contract is for three years and $6.2 million with incentives. Jackson will sign a one-year deal, though the terms were still being discussed Saturday night.
The Redskins are still trying to work out a deal with pending free agent linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. They also need to make some painful roster moves, including the possible cuts of cornerback DeAngelo Hall, receiver Santana Moss and possibly end Adam Carriker.
Reading between the lines during his recent talks with the Redskins, one NFL source said he sensed Hall was on his way out.
The Redskins and the rest of the NFL were able to enter into legal negotiations with agents for unrestricted free agents Saturday. They can't reach agreements on players until free agency begins Tuesday. They've been linked to a number of names, though the agent for one player said, "Their cap situation is so challenging, I doubt they can spend too much no matter who is out there."
Another said of his client, "We think the fit is good, but money problems may be an obstacle."
Among the rumored names (and more will trickle in over the next few days):
Cornerback Antoine Cason » The Redskins reached out to him shortly after the legal tampering began. New Redskins senior executive A.J. Smith selected Cason in the first round in 2008. But Cason is not considered a playmaker, nor is he considered much more than a No.?2 corner. He does have experience in the slot and plays better vs. fast receivers. Also, Cason hasn't missed a game in his career.
Cornerback Derek Cox » He hasn't played a full season since his rookie year of 2009. But when healthy, he has played well with 12 interceptions in 47 career games (including four last season). The Redskins have had talks with his representatives, a league source said.
Cornerback Greg Toler » Like Cox, Toler has an injury history. One NFL source said he heard Toler wanted to get a big contract. What players want and receive often are two different things. Injuries have impacted his career, from hamstring issues last year to missing 2011 with a torn ACL. Arizona also reportedly wants to keep the 28-year-old.
Cornerback Kyle Arrington » It's uncertain how deep the Redskins' interest is. He has said he wants to remain with the Patriots. Arrington intercepted seven passes in 2011 and stood out as a nickel corner in 2012.
Offensive tackle Winston Justice » He reportedly played well at right tackle for the Colts in 2012, but durability is an issue. The former Eagles player has played in 16 games just once in his seven seasons (while starting 43 games). The Redskins remain in talks with their own right tackle, Tyler Polumbus.
Safety Kenny Phillips » He idolized late Redskins safety Sean Taylor, even wearing his number with the Giants (21) after having followed him at the University of Miami. When healthy he's good, but his knees are a problem. He missed nine games last year because of his right knee and most of 2009 after surgery on his left knee.