A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Redskins.
-- Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo has signed his one-year franchise tender with the team which will allow him to participate in upcoming offseason workouts.
-- A look at the top five takeaways from head coach Jay Gruden's presser at NFL owner's meetings.
-- The league has decided to extend the field goal uprights and extra five feet in order to make the call for the officials a little bit easier, as well as make a few changes involving instant replay.
-- After reports of the Northwestern football program meeting the qualifications to form a union, how will it impact the rest of the NCAA and the NFL?
-- According to coach Jay Gruden, safety Phillip Thomas is on track to return for the 2014 season.
-- One writer asks the question: "What is the Redskins biggest need right now?"
-- Head coach Jay Gruden said the team has not yet received any calls in reference to backup quarterback .
-- After reporters spoke with Jay Gruden during the meetings in Orlando, he confirmed the offensive line changes that many had assumed.
-- Looking at how much the Redskins contracts total this offseason as the team continues to look through free agency to add depth to the roster.
-- One writer believes that the Redskins are still looking and need a running back with pass catching ability to compliment running back Alfred Morris' run game.
-- After leaving the Dallas Cowboys and signing with the Redskins this offseason, defensive lineman Jason Hatcher "got into it" with some Cowboys fans on Twitter recently.
-- The NFL is looking to "raise the professionalism" in the league by cracking down on unsportsmanlike conduct during games.
-- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised owner Dan Snyder for his new Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundationand says that [support for the team name remains "overwhelming."
What's Trending In @Redskins Nation?
1) BREAKING: OLB Brian Orakpo (@rak98) signs his one-year franchise tender at #Redskins Park. Welcome back! #HTTR http://t.co/pnKkZsBylK
2) Can't wait! #HTTR RT @rak98: Redskin Nation the BEST is yet to come... http://t.co/ZtPIVckkCK
3) FULL STORY: OLB @rak98 signs one-year franchise tender; 3-time Pro Bowler excited about 2014 season: http://t.co/Qso4yQhpHo #HTTR
4) The #Redskins have re-signed cornerback E.J. Biggers (@ejbiggers), who appeared in all 16 games with the team in 2013. #HTTR
5) #Redskins add depth to their secondary today by re-signing cornerback E.J. Biggers (@ejbiggers): http://t.co/ejDAEgjFl2 #HTTR