The Washington Times - February 7, 2012, 12:50PM

Redskins coaches returned from vacation Tuesday to continue preparing for free agency and the draft. Coach Mike Shanahan gave his assistants nine days off after they spent the last full week of January coaching at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

The Senior Bowl interrupted their previously scheduled vacation time, so coaches took time off afterward.


During the two weeks that immediately followed the season, coaches re-evaluated players in their position groups and also cross-checked players in corresponding position groups on the opposite side of the ball.

“We spent a lot of time with our players, a two-week time frame,” Shanahan said on Jan. 28. “We’ve got a good pecking order. We’ve started on free agency, but when we get back [to work] we’ll hit both free agency and the draft and get ready for Indy as well.”

The upcoming schedule is packed. Coaches will attend NFL Scouting Combine, which takes place in Indianapolis from Feb. 22-28. Click here to see the list of invited players.

Unrestricted free agency begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. Until then, the Redskins have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents, including linebacker London Fletcher and tight end Fred Davis.

The Redskins’ offseason program is scheduled to begin in mid-April, and the draft is April 26-28.