As we move into day four of free agency, it should come as no surprise thatany report linked to the local NBA franchise involves a perimeter player. Notsure if part of the new Verizon Center signage plan involves a "3-pointshooters welcomed" message, but that is the apparent mantra even afterdrafting Bradley Beal.In this space on Tuesday, I wrote about the Wizardschecking in with Cartier Martin, Washington's leading 3-point shooter lastseason at 39 percent. Obstacles remain - interest from other teams and playingtime, for example - but there some believe there is a "good chance"the swingman returns.One potential roadblock not discussed, the Wizards adding other wingplayers. Another one of the Wizards' free agents, Roger Mason, remains an option.According to one report, the soon-to-be 32-year-old also remainsan option for the New Orleans Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder.Again, Mason makes logical sense since he offers accuracy from long range -38 percent from beyond the arc last season - and a veteran presence in anotherwise youthful backcourt. In addition, he comes with a cap-friendlycontract that would not demand excessive minutes.Showing interest in former Houston Rockets guard Courtney Lee, as reportedby Yahoo's Marc J. Spears, does not.Well, let me rephrase. The 26-year-old ranks higher on the overall freeagency list than Martin or Mason and is a solid option across the board and a40 percent shooter from 3-point territory. However, the Wizards are stocked atthe off-guard spot with Jordan Crawford and Beal. No point - none at all - in taking away playing time or growth opportunity from the emerging pair.Whereas roles for Martin andMason figure to be more precise, Lee averaged 30 minutes per game last seasonfor the Rockets, who withdrew their qualifying offer for the four-year veteranthis week.Based on money and potential minutes, Lee's best bets lay elsewhere. Interms of what the Wizards are building, so do theirs.
Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.
And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.
Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.
The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year.
Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.
ELITE 8 RESULTS
January 18: Round two, matchup one
The first Elite 8 matchup was... not close:
January 19: Round two, matchup two
The Elite 8's second tilt is underway. Vote now:
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
January 8: Round one, matchup one
This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.
January 9: Round one, matchup two
In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.
January 10: Round one, matchup three
In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:
January 11: Round one, matchup four
Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?
January 12: Round one, matchup five
Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:
January 15: Round one, matchup six
These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:
January 16: Round one, matchup seven
You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:
January 17: Round one, matchup eight
The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side:
Former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan was on a Denver radio station recently.
In case you haven’t heard, many Broncos fans are very anxious for their team to bring in Kirk Cousins to be their quarterback. They likely were looking for McCloughan, who was the GM in Washington for the first two years that Cousins was the starter, to give the QB a ringing endorsement.
They didn’t get one.
“He’s a good player,” McCloughan said on 104.3 The Fan (via Mile High Huddle). “Is he special? I don’t see special.”
For the Broncos, “good” would be an improvement. They got starts from Trevor Simeon, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch last year. All three of them had passer ratings in the low 70’s and as a group, they threw more interceptions than touchdowns.
But the issue is that Cousins is likely to command a contract that is more in the range of “special” quarterbacks. He may not get the $30 million per year free agent deal that is being talked about, but his next deal won’t be too far south of it.
McCloughan said that they were trying to help Cousins succeed.
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“We were still building a roster around him to make him special,” he said.
He said that Cousins is talented, and he works hard but he needs more to make a team successful.
“You just need to have some talent around him because you don’t want him to be throwing the ball 35-40 times to win the game,” McCloughan said.
“You want to have a running game and have a good defense, good teams. And then let him do what he does.”
But the question is, can you pay Cousins, say, $27 million per year, a salary that would be about 15 percent of this year’s salary cap, and still be able to afford to build that running game and defense? Will the team signing him be able to bring in free agents to bolster weak areas and re-sign its home-grown talent?
That is what John Elway, who calls the shots in Denver, will have to figure out. Cousins is not the only possible solution to the Broncos’ QB problem.
They have the No. 5 pick in the draft and a prime quarterback prospect is likely to be available. That would be a lower-cost option, but even highly-drafted quarterbacks don’t always work out. Elway might prefer the relative certainty of going with a more proven commodity like Cousins.
Of course, the Redskins face the same dilemma. Their attempts to lock up Cousins really haven’t gone anywhere in part because they seem to be reluctant to pay elite quarterback money to a player who is, according to the man who lobbied for Cousins to get the starting job, good but not special.
The chances are that when free agency starts up in mid-March some team will give him the big deal (assuming the Redskins don’t hit him with the $35 million franchise tag) and gamble that they can make the rest of it work. We will see if it’s the Broncos, Redskins or another team.
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