Although the Redskins’ lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, they and the state of Virginia are already in “very serious negotiations” about building a new stadium, Gov. Terry McAuliffe told ESPN 980 on Friday (via J.J. Regan of CSN Mid-Atlantic). “We’re very aggressive,” revealed McAuliffe, whose state is the home of Redskins training camp and, as he noted, many of their fans and players. The Redskins have played in Landover, Md., since 1997, and McAuliffe expects both Maryland and Washington, D.C., to eventually make their own stadium pitches to the club. In the meantime, McAuliffe hosted a group of Redskins executives at the governor’s mansion Thursday, according to Regan. “If we can come up, be creative with a deal that works for everybody, then I think the team will be here,” said McAuliffe.
More on Washington and its chief division rival:
- Free agent quarterback Michael Vick has indicated that he’d like to join the backup-needy Cowboys, but they have no interest in the 36-year-old, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link).
- Redskins rookie linebacker Steven Daniels suffered a torn labrum Monday and will undergo season-ending surgery, reports JP Finlay of CSN Mid-Atlantic. Daniels, a seventh-round pick from Boston College, was fighting for the team’s fifth inside linebacker spot prior to succumbing to the injury. Even with the loss of Daniels, the club still has no shortage of options at the position, as Roster Resource shows. The Redskins are now likely to waive Daniels with an injury designation and hope he goes unclaimed, thus enabling them to retain the 23-year-old and place him on IR, per Finlay.
- Earlier Friday, scouting guru Dave-Te Thomas took a look at other members of Washington’s rookie class and pinpointed three draft picks who could make impacts this year.