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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at


Articles by Zac Boyer

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014, file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell walks on the field before the NFL football NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers  in Seattle. Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012, according to tax returns the league has submitted. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

NFL salary cap set at $133 million for 2014

The NFL has informed teams that the salary cap for the upcoming season has been set at $133 million, an increase of $10 million over the amount teams were allowed to spend in 2013. Published February 28, 2014

Washington Redskins defensive end Chris Baker prepares for a play during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Chris Baker signs three-year contract with Redskins

The defensive end was unsure if he belonged in the NFL during his first two seasons, but after joining the Redskins in 2011, he knew. Baker signed a three-year, $12 million contract on Thursday and will avoid becoming an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 11. Published February 27, 2014

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Sam came out to the entire country Feb. 9, and could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Missouri's Michael Sam eager to keep focus on draft preparation

Sam, who played at Missouri, announced earlier this month that he is gay, putting him in line to be the first gay man to play in one of the four major American sports leagues. The SEC co-defensive player of the year and a unanimous all-America defensive end, Sam spoke to approximately 350 reporters at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Saturday. Published February 22, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Jay Gruden, Robert Griffin III building a relationship

The relationship between a coach and a starting quarterback is critical to a team's success, but the way Gruden and Griffin interact early will be especially vital. The connection between Griffin and former coach Mike Shanahan fractured over the last year and is considered one of the larger reasons why Shanahan was fired on Dec. 30 after four seasons with the Redskins. Published February 21, 2014

Fred Davis pictured February 20, 2014 (Fairfax County Police Department)

Redskins' Fred Davis arrested, charged with DWI

The tight end was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Fairfax County on Thursday afternoon, one day after he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a violation of its policy on substances of abuse. Published February 21, 2014

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has missed the last two games with a high-ankle sprain. He is questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Pair of prospects look up to Redskins' Trent Williams

Xavier Su'a-Filo, a left guard at UCLA, and Charles Leno, a left tackle at Boise State, each praised Williams, who was selected to his play in his second Pro Bowl in just four years after this past season. Published February 20, 2014

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall pounds his chest in the end zone after scoring a touchdown on an interception during the first half of a NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md., Sunday Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Redskins, DeAngelo Hall 'progressing' on new contract

The cornerback, who had one of the best seasons of his 10-year career in 2013, is close to returning to the Redskins on a multi-year contract, a person involved in the process said Tuesday afternoon. Published February 18, 2014

Washington Redskins Executive Vice President and General Manager Bruce Allen introduces former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, pictured, as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, January 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

NFL Scouting Combine: Event gives Redskins a chance to start shaping future

The NFL's annual scouting combine will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis later this week, allowing teams to get their first extended look at more than 330 top college players. This event will mark the first time Jay Gruden, who replaced Mike Shanahan as the Washington Redskins' new coach, will represent the team in league business. Published February 17, 2014

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) returns an interception for a touchdown as the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., October 20, 2013. (Dan DeCook/Special to The Washington Times)

Brian Orakpo a candidate for Redskins' franchise tag

The outside linebacker is set to become a free agent when the league year opens on March 11 and such a designation could offer Orakpo a competitive salary for the 2014 season while allowing each side additional time to make progress on a long-term contract. Published February 17, 2014

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen laughs on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL preseason football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, August 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Bruce Allen: Redskins have started talks with agents for Orakpo, Hall, Riley

Bruce Allen said Tuesday that the Washington Redskins have begun contract talks with the representatives of three players – outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, inside linebacker Perry Riley and cornerback DeAngelo Hall – before they become free agents when the league year begins in March. Published February 4, 2014