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      And we are back!
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
      Stand by for Inactives...
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
      But that's not the story of this game.
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.


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Free Agency and Trades

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As for trades and free agency, BOTH will be done through the League Manager and NOT the console. This way you can add the amount of years as well as how much you are paying. I WILL MAKE ALL TRANSACTIONS THROUGH LM.


Trading deadline is Week 6.

There's a limit of 3 trades per team per season.

There will be a trade committee to approve trades; no outrageous trades will be accepted. I'm thinking 3 or 5 people is a good number. Preferably, I'm against trading rookies on teams. However, if the majority wants to trade them, then it's allowed.

Free Agency

There is a salary cap. It is $120,000,000. At season's end, it will increase 4 or 5 million.

You MUST maintain your salary cap.

ONLY ONE FREE AGENT SIGNING PER WEEK! Again ONLY ONE free agent signing per week.

If there is an injury of 5+ weeks you can make a signing ONLY TO THAT POSITION to cover it, regardless if you made your ONE FREE AGENT SIGNING! (If you lose two players for the year in one week, you can sign two players to replace them.)

If week one you made no signing this does NOT mean week two you are able to sign TWO FREE AGENTS!

As for free agency during regular season, it's a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. You want a player, make sure you sign him. There WILL be cap hits, so cut wisely. ;-)

You CAN cut someone and sign someone in that same position REGARDLESS if you made a free agent signing but it must be WITHIN 9 OVR POINTS! So no cutting a 50 OVR DE for a 89 OVR DE.

Through League Manager we will have it so we will bid on free agents in the offseason. Obviously we will set up a time to do free agency and since it is through league manager everyone should be able to make it. The fun part about this is we will get into some crazy bidding wars with high free agents. I also will make it so the highest bidder is hidden - so if you were outbid it will just come up saying there is a higher bidder. There is a tab that will keep an eye on the players you have targeted. There will be a pop up box when you are trying to bid on a free agent that will show your available space and how much is tied up into free agents.

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Just a note for anyone else who is curious like I was: If you attempt to re-sign a contract year player your salary cap figure for this year will remain unchanged, you're basically just extending the player for x number of years beyond this year at a given salary.

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You can sign players NOW. Let me know who you want, and I will make the moves!

---------- Post added December-26th-2011 at 04:38 PM ----------

Cowboys release Phil Costa (68, C) and sign Jake Grove (77, C).

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We can't sign and release ourselves if we follow the rules


---------- Post added December-26th-2011 at 09:50 PM ----------

‎49ers cut SS Reggie Smith (78 OVR) and sign FB Lousaka Polite (87 OVR).

Panthers release DE George Selvie (60 OVR) and sign DE Vernon Gholston (66 OVR).

Packers release RB Alex Green (64 OVR) and sign RB Noel Devine (65 OVR).

Cowboys sign C Jake Grove (77) and cut C Phil Costa (68).

---------- Post added December-26th-2011 at 10:00 PM ----------

Colts cut DT Antonio Johnson ( 72 OVR) and sign DT Clifton Ryan (77 OVR).

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i sent a FA signing due to injury and id like to release several guys. i sent one but it he didnt get released. Do we need to notify you for players we just want to release? im really not used to all these rules and structure, just trying to follow them since I just joined

im used to being able to sign and release any time I wanted like before a game so i understand i just need to be patient since i just joined.

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