A couple of nuggets that popped up Wednesday:
Place-kicker Kai Forbath signed his tender offer, worth $1.54 million, to return to the Washington Redskins. The team tried to replace him last year with Zach Hocker. But Forbath did have a strong year when it came to field goals, making 24 of 27. However, the real issue remains his kickoffs. While he improved in that area a year ago, the Redskins remain one of the worst teams in the NFL when it comes to kickoffs. They ranked 28th in the NFL with 27 touchbacks (Forbath had 18 of those as there were three games he could not kick off). They were the third-worst team when it came to average starting field position after a kickoff. The opposition started an average of 74.4 yards from the end zone (the league average was 77.1 yards away).
The Redskins are “probably” not the front-runner for offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski, according to a source. Things can obviously change, but Wisniewski, coming off shoulder surgery this offseason, has multiple teams interested in him -- he has met with Seattle, Tennessee and Tampa Bay. New England, St. Louis, Chicago and Jacksonville are among the other teams with whom he has either visited or received interest. Though he played center the last three years in Oakland, the Redskins saw him being able to help there or at guard.
The Redskins brought in linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. for a visit Wednesday. They’ve been relatively quiet with whom they’ve brought in so this was the first high-profile draft prospect to visit Redskins Park. Fowler lined up all over at Florida and would play outside linebacker if the Redskins draft him. There’s a chance Fowler will not be around when the Redskins draft at No. 5 (which is why they’re bringing in Vic Beasley next week, according to the NFL Network). I have not been told anything yet regarding Shane Ray. I was told that, as of last week, they had not shown interest in Randy Gregory. What does that mean? Who knows. I learned long ago not to put too much stock into anything when it comes to the draft. Teams draft players all the time who did not visit. But when you’re picking at No. 5, you would think they’d bring in anyone of interest.