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Brandon Stokley thinks twice about heading to Washington

Brandon Stokley, Josh Bullocks AP

With an unprecedented 80-hour gap between the opening of the market and the signing of contracts, we were expecting one or two (or more) guys to renege on non-binding verbal agreements.

And we now have our first one.

On Wednesday, agent Rick Smith declared on his Twitter page that receiver Brandon Stokley had agreed to terms with the Redskins.  “Congratulations to Brandon Stokley a Washington Redskin,” Smith said.

We then pointed out that Stokley’s arrival gives the Redskins a crowded house at receiver.

Apparently, Stokley and/or Smith read PFT.

Spoke to soon. Brandon Stokley won’t sign with Redskins.  Too many WR’s signed,” Rick Smith tweeted on Thursday, via ESPN.com.

Stokley — and every other free agent who has agreed to terms — have every right to back away from any agreement that has been reached.  As we wrote on Tuesday night, “An executive with an NFC team speculated that some teams may be concerned about doing an agreement in principle and having the agent or the player shop that offer to someone else, since a deal isn’t binding until it’s signed.”

In Stokley’s case, it’s possible that he realized after the fact that the Redskins have too many receivers.  It’s also possible that some other team has offered Stokley a better deal, and that Smith is hiding behind that excuse.

Either way, it’s safe to say that the Redskins aren’t happy about this one.

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42 Responses to “Brandon Stokley thinks twice about heading to Washington”
  1. Sayre Bedinger says: Jul 28, 2011 10:31 AM

    Good for him! I tweeted yesterday that his agent wasn’t doing him any favors letting him sign in Washington. If he is still healthy, he deserves a shot to PLAY, not sit.

  2. terrellochouno says: Jul 28, 2011 10:31 AM

    As a Redskins fan, I say…. eh

  3. jw731 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:31 AM

    And the first screw up in this unprecedented era of free agency involves somehow…….The Washington Redskins…Go figure……..

  4. parasonic says: Jul 28, 2011 10:34 AM

    good! not that he isn’t a good WR because I’m sure he’s still serviceable somewhere, but the skins have too many young guys that need reps. we’ll never know if we have a guy that can make a difference if he’s splitting reps with a bunch of old journeymen.

  5. therealsmiley says: Jul 28, 2011 10:34 AM

    He was going to get cut anyway. Hail!!

  6. deadmanwalking47 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:34 AM

    i’m glad!who needs him anyway! he probably would have been cut anyway!

  7. falconsfan says: Jul 28, 2011 10:35 AM

    Eh, the Skins are probably still celebrating getting rid of Fat Albert and McNuggets…sorry McNabb.

  8. We'reFineThere says: Jul 28, 2011 10:36 AM

    I was wondering about this with Carolina after the Media coverage of some of their contracts. Certainly the Nationals would have rescinded the offer if they had 3 days before inking Jayson Werth.

  9. wethog66 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:36 AM

    Shanallenhan might be miffed at the reversal, but lets remember it is Brandon Stokley.

  10. rukiddnme29 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:36 AM

    Why would anyone want to play for the Redskins? They’re starting to make the Raiders look like the Waltons.

  11. buckybadger says: Jul 28, 2011 10:37 AM

    Come do one year in Green Bay but we don’t do free agents. Would be a sure hands guy to replace Jones. He doesn’t drop those passes in the playoffs.

  12. dohpey28 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:37 AM

    Wish the Giants would convince Cofield to do the same.

  13. isonic1 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:39 AM

    Im sure he was a camp body anyway.

  14. orakpownd says: Jul 28, 2011 10:39 AM

    I was hoping to watch Beck and Stokley connect all day long…….wait….

  15. bigbillinocmd says: Jul 28, 2011 10:40 AM

    Super stoked he isn’t showing up. He wasn’t making the team anyway. With 90 men rosters for the next few weeks I’m sure there will be tons of head scratchers around the league. I’m also sure your love for the skins will shine and you will only bash dc.

    Stallworth will struggle to make the team as well.

  16. krispc says: Jul 28, 2011 10:44 AM

    Stokely would be good fit for the Cowboys. They need a 3rd wideout

  17. p4hbiz says: Jul 28, 2011 10:44 AM

    @rukiddnme29 – You sound stupid, don’t even put the Raiders in the same breath as the Redskins.

    The Deadskins haven’t been anything since John Riggins.. LOL!!

  18. p4hbiz says: Jul 28, 2011 10:45 AM

    It’s the Deadskins for god sakes… And the Jet’s are becoming the AFC version of this low life team and city.

  19. p01ntman says: Jul 28, 2011 10:46 AM

    Reports on deals need to be posted as “Verbal agreement reached” and “Contract signed”.

    This guy could have been Washington’s #2 receiver.

  20. andyb053 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:47 AM

    jw731,

    Please explain how this is even remotely a screw-up on the part of the Redskins.

  21. cosmos66 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:50 AM

    He would look good in a Vikings uniform, McNabb or Ponder could use a solid target, since Rice has jumped ship

  22. cranpa1 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:50 AM

    That can’t possibly be his reason unless both his agent and he have no confidence in his skills. If he’s worried he will lose out on playing time to Donte Stallworth and Gaffney, he clearly doesn’t see himself as a low to mid level WR….

  23. karlpilkington says: Jul 28, 2011 10:51 AM

    jw731 says:
    Jul 28, 2011 10:31 AM
    And the first screw up in this unprecedented era of free agency involves somehow…….The Washington Redskins…Go figure……..

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    Dude, you really can not be this stupid or can you. Have you read the rules about how many bodies are needed in camp. He wasnt going to makee the team anyway. I would not call this a screwup… However I would call you a screwup.

  24. wethog66 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:59 AM

    @jw731

    How is this a screw up by the Skins? I patiently await your un-educated response.

  25. whynotusecommonsense says: Jul 28, 2011 10:59 AM

    And that’s why all these reports about players and teams reaching agreements is pointless. Unless it’s signed, the deal isn’t done.

    Great for website traffic though. Everyone has been so ready for football that we’ll take whatever we can get.

    That’s also why the big names and smart players won’t be announcing anything until Friday evening.

  26. alphaq2 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:05 AM

    He realized that he was going to be a training camp body to run routes for the 4 or 5 QBs being evaluated and that he would not make the squad anyway.

  27. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 28, 2011 11:06 AM

    I could see him in Carolina.

  28. dalfanforever says: Jul 28, 2011 11:13 AM

    No need to go to a team as a proven vet to be a camp body. Plus with no one to throw the ball to you is not a good situation. Good for him!

  29. dcsween says: Jul 28, 2011 11:18 AM

    Stokely is actually three seasons older than Stallworth and Gaffney, so its like all three would have been fighting for Joey Galloway’s jersey. This is going to be like Portis/Johnson/Parker … or The Highlander … there can be only one.

  30. bambam1982 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:22 AM

    Come to Sanfran baby. We need a vet WR

  31. tilafoo says: Jul 28, 2011 11:23 AM

    I went to high school with Brandon, he’s still got what it takes to be in the league. Unfortunately, he’s always been underrated, except maybe when he was with the Colts. He’s got 2 Superbowl rings with 2 different teams, this guy is still a weapon.

  32. oa316ts says: Jul 28, 2011 11:26 AM

    For those complaining and saying that the article said this was a “screwup by the Redskins,” could you do me a favor and point out ANYWHERE in the article that was written? Oh, it wasn’t and you just needed something to complain about? Awesome!

    Pretty sure all it said was that they wouldn’t be happy about this…

  33. moonriver22 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:29 AM

    The thing about the Skins is they garner attention either way. I’m not thrilled with what’s happened thus far, but there’s no denying we got more for McChunk and Fat Albert than people thought we would. Next year we have extra picks in the 5th and 6th rounds.

  34. blackqbwhiterb says: Jul 28, 2011 11:32 AM

    Somehow, Allen and Shanny are regarded as serious managers……Well, let’s see how this pans out…..
    Don’t sign Vince Young, by the way!!
    Sorry folks, I gotta keep beating that drum!!

  35. justkeepinitclassy says: Jul 28, 2011 11:39 AM

    moonriver- first of all, your sn takes away some cred from anything you say… secondly, this has been a great off-season. Added a ton of young/prime talent in need positions- Otogwe, Wilson, Coefield, possibly Cullen Jenkins… and we also got rid of the cancer and overpaid bums. Sure we still have Beck and Grossman battling it out for starting QB, but good god we’ve made so many smart moves for the future… time for you to re-evaluate

  36. trickbunny says: Jul 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    Hilarious. Stokely was gonna go to the Redskins and then realized what the hell had just happened and backed out.

    But then again, why would *any* WR want to go to DC with a QB pool of Beck, Grossman, and Clemmons?

  37. trickbunny says: Jul 28, 2011 12:04 PM

    moonriver22 says:
    Jul 28, 2011 11:29 AM

    ….but there’s no denying we got more for Fat Albert than people thought we would.
    —————————————————
    A 5th round pick is *more* than you thought you’d get for Haynesworth?

    That’s just sad.

  38. cranpa1 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:18 PM

    oa316ts says:
    Jul 28, 2011 11:26 AM
    “For those complaining and saying that the article said this was a “screwup by the Redskins,” could you do me a favor and point out ANYWHERE in the article that was written? Oh, it wasn’t and you just needed something to complain about? Awesome!

    Pretty sure all it said was that they wouldn’t be happy about this…”

    It’s amazing how this guy was able to read all the comments about people complaining about a “Redskins scewup” but failed to read the 3rd comment…

  39. fatguystrangler says: Jul 28, 2011 12:54 PM

    Stokley can still contribute as a solid 3rd/4th option. He’s a crafty WR. Ricky Proehl played until he was how old? (Not saying they’re on the same level, but still).

    I’ve always been a fan. I’m still bummed I ripped his jersey in one of my IM flag football games.

  40. thingamajig says: Jul 28, 2011 1:08 PM

    The way Stokley handled that deal, the Bears are impressed and will definately sign him.

  41. granadafan says: Jul 28, 2011 1:16 PM

    Stupid agent. You’d think a lawyer would know better than to tweet something to the whole internet without signing anything.

  42. mdnittlion says: Jul 28, 2011 1:42 PM

    Dude didn’t have size, speed or break out skills he did you a favor. Honestly just putting on pads and make a catch from time to time doesn’t mean your a good pick up.

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