The Washington Redskins are moving to The Capital City of Richmond, Virginia for their future preseason training camps, which is a huge boost to this region with it’s legions of Redskins fans. The move comes after 12 years in Ashburn at Redskins Park, something head coach Mike Shanahan has said he wanted to do since he was hired two seasons ago. The agreement allows the Skins to keep Redskins Park intact and make some improvements as well, despite the reported 8-year deal with the city of Richmond. One player who has to be comfortable with the change is ex-University of Richmond star Tim Hightower, who should feel right at home in the 804.
With a new franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III, the Redskins are looking to turn their fortunes around over the next few years and Richmond will obviously play a major role in the preparation for each season. Exactly where the Redskins will be camping in Richmond is yet to be determined. Certainly, the University of Richmond’s former home, City Stadium, is a candidate, but with one field, and a location in the middle of a residential neighborhood, that could be problematic. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is working closely with Redskins officials to work those details out.
On a side note, R G – 3 has been the talk of Redskins Park, and from all indications the Heisman Trophy winner is all they imagined when they selected him in April’s NFL Draft. So why hasn’t Washington signed their new franchise QB? After doing some investigating, it appears there is some snag involving the top eight draft picks, all of whom, including Griffin, are unsigned. A slimmer, trimmer Santana Moss arrived for OTA’s looking fit and ready to play after an offseason chat with Shanahan alerted Moss he needed to get into better shape if the WR planned to remain in DC.
In Miami, the Dolphins announced that they gave WR Chad Ochocinco a tryout after the Patriots released the veteran receiver, but only recently released the information that he had in fact signed a deal. Ochocinco, who had his best days in Cincinatti and struggled with the New England Patriots playbook, now hopes to wind up his career in his native Miami.