The Redskins' guiding philosophy during this salary cap crisis is clear little more than a month after free agency began. They believe continuity and familiarity can help offset whatever gains in talent the club could not achieve because it lacked necessary cap space.
The first week of NFL free agency isn't over yet, and it's already becoming difficult to keep track of who's coming and going.
Players and teams around the league reached agreements throughout the day, while representatives for free agents echoed a frustrated refrain: the Redskins don't have enough money to seriously pursue their clients.
Overall, coach Mike Shanahan lived up to his word. The Redskins mostly remained idle, limited by having only $3 million or so of salary cap space because of their $18 million cap penalty.
Fletcher, who turns 38 in May, seriously contemplated retirement this offseason, his agent, Ben Dogra said. But Fletcher decided about 10 days ago to continue playing so he could be part of the next step in the Redskins' turnaround.
The Redskins' Alexander and Golston are among several pairs of NFL teammates or former teammates who have ventured together into the business world. Some players pursue it as a hobby. Others hope to maximize their celebrity and disposable income to start building for their lives after football.
Redskins linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and London Fletcher were added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster Sunday after San Francisco's nine Pro Bowlers became ineligible for the NFL's annual all-star game.
While coach Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins' coaching staff squirm over the status of quarterback Robert Griffin III's right knee, they turn their attention this week to improving the quality of a roster that entered the offseason with the unfamiliar title of NFC East champions.
Stephen Bowen couldn't really sleep Sunday night. The defensive end kept rewinding scenarios in his head, remembering different plays from the loss to the Seattle Seahawks that knocked the Washington Redskins out of the playoffs and ended their season.