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Redskins quickly fix flaws in undrafted rookie deals

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They might never be changing their name, but the Redskins quickly changed language in five rookie contracts.

Earlier this week, the NFL disapproved the contracts of five undrafted free agents:  linebacker Marvin Burdette, receiver Chip Reeves, center Tevita Stevens, receiver Jason Thompson, and receiver Nick Williams.

All five players immediately became free agents again, able to sign with any team.  But the Redskins quickly fixed the problem before any of them could flee.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the team originally included an extra sentence that is standard in veteran contracts but verboten in rookie deals.  The sentence was removed, the rookies have been re-signed, and the deals were re-submitted to the NFL.

It’s not entirely uncommon in the rush of undrafted free-agent signings for glitches to arise.

UPDATED 11:22 a.m. ET:  Some have inquired as to the specific sentence that is permitted in veteran contracts but not in rookie deals.  We don’t know, so we’ll go with, “Player agrees to never suggest that the name of the franchise is offensive, derogatory, or should be changed to anything other than what it currently is, and that breach of this provision will result in immediate termination, at a minimum of his job and quite possibly the other kind.”

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20 Responses to “Redskins quickly fix flaws in undrafted rookie deals”
  1. brownstain says: May 11, 2013 10:46 AM

    What was the sentence?

  2. peytonsneck18 says: May 11, 2013 10:57 AM

    those dirty redskins, all fail to IRG3!!!

  3. logicailvoicesays says: May 11, 2013 10:59 AM

    The Redskins are the classiest franchise in NFL history. They take care of their players, fans and community. Dan Snyder always does the right thing. Every player dreams of playing for the Redskins. Every player knows that the only way to guarantee himself Super Bowl rings is by playing for the Redskins, the team that dominates the Super Bowl. HTTR.

  4. commonsensedude says: May 11, 2013 11:05 AM

    The ‘Skins front office recently made ridiculous mistakes on contract issues? Why didn’t you guys tell us that Vinny Cerrato got rehired?

  5. mljohns says: May 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    How much does Mara get the league to take this time?

  6. seatownballers says: May 11, 2013 11:20 AM

    They only don’t take care of their field

  7. rgiv says: May 11, 2013 11:20 AM

    @logicailvoicesays…

    You are a poor imitator of the original, real deal, logicalvoicesays. You’re a poor knock off.

  8. larrydavid7000 says: May 11, 2013 11:53 AM

    @seatownballer Let’s see if you can beat the Redskins when their at FULL STRENGTH.!!!!!!! I’ll answer that for you NOT A CHANCE IN HELL.!!!!! HAIL TO THE REDSKINS.

  9. cliverush says: May 11, 2013 11:57 AM

    Are you sure it does not say that the owner of the team is offensive…etc.

  10. djohnson757 says: May 11, 2013 12:27 PM

    @peytonsneck18….if all you have to do is post negative comments about the Skins, then your whole life can be summed up in one word….FAIL!….HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!….and keep on hating!

  11. deflateddome says: May 11, 2013 12:30 PM

    logicailvoicesays says:
    May 11, 2013 10:59 AM
    The Redskins are the classiest franchise in NFL history. They take care of their players, fans and community. Dan Snyder always does the right thing. Every player dreams of playing for the Redskins. Every player knows that the only way to guarantee himself Super Bowl rings is by playing for the Redskins, the team that dominates the Super Bowl. HTTR.

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    Since Snyder stays out of personnel decisions, he is doing the right thing. Just hope that RG3 can do more than jumping jacks on opening day.

  12. hawkforlife says: May 11, 2013 12:34 PM

    You’d think by now Snyder would have competent lawyers.

  13. officialgame says: May 11, 2013 1:05 PM

    The Skins since Snyder bought the time are always having some sort of problem either with their own fans, players, coaches, free agents, the league or management. They can’t even get along with native Americans. Do they go out of their way to be dumb or is it Dan Snyder’s bad vibrations?

  14. garrisjs says: May 11, 2013 1:11 PM

    Why doesn’t PFT just call them the Washington “Beating a Dead Horses” because that’s what you’re doing with this team-name nonsense.

    Let it go already. It’s not funny and it’s not suddenly a major issue. ENOUGH!

  15. chrisnyg says: May 11, 2013 1:12 PM

    Redskins are a JOKE! Here is just one small example of why. The one legged qb is the other.

  16. jam11163 says: May 11, 2013 1:26 PM

    that mistake will cost the deadskins $10,000,000.00 twards thier 2014 salery cap.

  17. floratiotime says: May 11, 2013 2:18 PM

    “that mistake will cost the deadskins $10,000,000.00 twards thier 2014 salery cap.”

    Grammar and spelling typical for a Redskins fan.

  18. phillyphannn83 says: May 11, 2013 3:08 PM

    rgiv May 11, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    @logicailvoicesays…

    You are a poor imitator of the original, real deal, logicalvoicesays. You’re a poor knock off.
    ————————————–
    He’s not trying to imitate him, he’s mocking him. Way to catch that one.

  19. thirdistheworrd says: May 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    chrisnyg says: May 11, 2013 1:12 PM

    Redskins are a JOKE! Here is just one small example of why. The one legged qb is the other.
    ________
    A Giants fan walks into a and tries to tell a joke.

  20. briang123 says: May 11, 2013 4:20 PM

    Redskins’ lawyers are too busy suing their former ticket holders to make sure the contracts are right. And man I hate reading this site in the offseason, see e.g. The last paragraph of this story (absurdly unfunny) and the guy almost missed a plane story.

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