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FILE - Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listens to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va., Jan. 2, 2020. The ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform is asking the Republican chair in charge to refer former Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to the Department of Justice for lying under oath. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Rep. Jamie Raskin urges House Oversight Committee to refer Dan Snyder to DOJ

- The Washington Times

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee rejected a call from the ranking member of the panel who urged him Wednesday to refer former Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to the Department of Justice for potentially lying under oath and obstructing the committee's previous 14-month-long investigation into the team.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks speaks to reporters after NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) **FILE**

NFL playoff contenders bring in new play-callers to fill need or add a spark

- Associated Press

The 49ers are one of 10 playoff teams from last season that are working in at least one new offensive or defensive coordinator in 2023. While San Francisco and Philadelphia made the changes out of necessity, other contenders believed they needed a spark on one side of the ball or the other.

Washington Commanders cornerback Benjamin St-Juste lines up during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Commanders defense puts preseason focus on performance, not hype

- The Washington Times

Two years ago, a star-studded Washington Commanders' defense strutted into the 2021 season with talk of breaking records. The unit was seen as one of the best in the league -- and management had just added the top cornerback on the market to the mix. What followed was a humbling experience.

Washington Commanders offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles (77) arrives for a NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Wednesday, July 26, 2023 in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Cosmi, Charles putting Rivera's 'position flex' idea to test

- The Washington Times

Through his three-plus seasons with the Commanders, Ron Rivera has put an emphasis on what he calls "position flex," or positional flexibility. In his attempt to fix Washington's offensive line after a disappointing 2022, Rivera is again relying on a player's versatility to be a cure.

Washington Commanders defensive ends Montez Sweat (90) and Chase Young (99) loosen up during the first day of training camp at the OrthoVirginia Training Center at Commanders Park in Ashburn, Virginia, July 27, 2023. (Photo by Brian Murphy)

Contract uncertainty clouds Commanders defensive ends ahead of 2023 season

- The Washington Times

The Commanders' defensive ends have a lot riding on this season. Chase Young is looking to prove he's still a top pass-rusher. Montez Sweat needs to finish stronger at the point of attack. Reserves like James Smith-Williams and Casey Toohill are fighting for roster spots. And most of them are looking for new deals.

Washington Commanders defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) during pregame warmups before an NFL game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, November 20, 2022, in Houston. The Washington Commanders have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Daron Payne worth $90 million with $60 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday, March, 12, 2023, because the contract had not been announced. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)

Commanders' Daron Payne, happy with his contract, setting new goals

- The Washington Times

Daron Payne's agent went through a few scenarios for his client as the defensive tackle sought a new contract from the Washington Commanders. Payne could look to take a deal early if there was one on the table to his satisfaction. Or the 26-year-old could attempt to wait in hopes that the offer would increase while the defensive tackle market around him exploded.

Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris heading up to the press conference at the NBA basketball team's facility,, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Commanders sale vote dates put endgame in sight

- The Washington Times

The NFL informed owners to be available for a possible special league meeting on July 20 and Aug. 8 in anticipation of a vote on Josh Harris' $6.05 billion purchase of the Commanders. If the league selects July 20, that means Rivera and Co. could officially have a new boss by the time training camp begins.

Josh Harris, managing partner of the Philadelphia 76ers, stands on the court prior to Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, April 15, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) ** FILE **

Josh Harris' limited partners bring complexity to Commanders sale

- The Washington Times

When Josh Harris met the NFL's finance committee Wednesday, the billionaire did so to discuss his pending purchase of the Washington Commanders. Since signing a deal to buy the franchise for $6.05 billion last month from owner Dan Snyder, the agreement has been under careful review by the league.