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.”