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2 reasons the Redskins probably didn't want to trade Terrelle Pryor

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2 reasons the Redskins probably didn't want to trade Terrelle Pryor

A report from Cleveland.com showed that the Browns wanted to move for Terrelle Pryor Sr. before the NFL trade deadline, but the Redskins would not part with their wideout. 

Many fans want to know, why not?

Through eight games, Pryor has not produced much in Washington. He has 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown. Last month, Pryor even apologized via his Instagram feed for his poor performance with the Redskins. 

After losing receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson last offseason, many expected Pryor to step in and have a huge year in Washington. Teamed up with Kirk Cousins and put into an effective Jay Gruden offense, the theory made sense. 

It hasn't happened. 

Pryor has been plagued by suspect hands and subpar route running. At the same time, he has all the physical tools to make an impact, like he did last year in Cleveland. 

With significant usage in the Browns offense in 2016, Pryor went for over 1,000 yards receiving. In Washington's offense, where Cousins move quickly through reads, Pryor is not getting close to the target count he got last season in Cleveland. 

So again, why wouldn't the Redskins brass want to trade Pryor?

Two reasons jump out:

  1. Pot committed. The Redskins signed Pryor to a one-year, $6 million contract. $3 million of that came in the form of a signing bonus, and with eight games done, he's already earned another $1.5 million in salary. Considering the Redskins have already paid 75 percent of the contract, the team must want to see what they can get out of Pryor in the remaining 50 percent of the season. 
  2. Up the ante. In the NFL, almost any player can be moved if the offer comes in high enough. The Browns would have already been getting a value for Pryor, just based on the contract structure. It's unlikely they offered much to acquire their former star wideout, especially considering Cleveland is in the middle of another terrible season and could chase Pryor in free agency this winter. 

One last thought: It might be premature to close the door on Pryor delivering some value for the Redskins this season. At this point, he will certainly not play up to offseason expectations, and another 1,000 yard season won't happen, but if the Redskins want to make a December playoff run, a big, athletic wideout might help. 

Maybe.  

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Need to Know: How hot are seats getting at Redskins Park?

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Need to Know: How hot are seats getting at Redskins Park?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 12, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 12
—Redskins @ Giants (12/17) 19
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 135

Four Downs

First down

In their last two games, both blowout losses, the Redskins have had one play that went for 30 yards or more. They are not that different from most other NFL teams in that they aren’t going to consistently grind out touchdown drives; there are too many chances for errors. “We’re not making any plays,” said Jay Gruden when asked why the team has struggled. “Offensively we made a couple of plays to get six points on the board but after that we missed throws, we didn’t target some runs right, we didn’t block at the point of attack correctly, we didn’t tackle, we didn’t make any spectacular plays, athletic plays like you are used to seeing this team make. When that happens, your offense is going to sputter.”

Second down

How hot are seats getting at Redskins Park? While it’s difficult to read the tea leaves there I don’t think that we are looking at wholesale changes in coaches or upper management. Jay Gruden just signed an extension. Greg Manusky has only been on the job for a year. Doug Williams hasn’t even been through a draft or free agency cycle in his new personnel job. Special teams coach Ben Kotwica’s charges have played well the last two years and certainly, injuries played a key role in the struggles there this year. While it might be tempting to do some house cleaning after a disappointing season, the likely outcome is that the injuries give everyone a pass and we see what happens next year.

Third down

Bashaud Breeland didn’t exactly get benched against the Chargers but Quinton Dunbar did play more as the No. 2 cornerback. Dunbar played 47 of the 72 snaps and Breeland played 28. This could be one of the first moves we’ve seen with an eye on 2018. Breeland will be an unrestricted free agent and Dunbar will remain under team control as a restricted free agent. The conventional wisdom is that Breeland will be gone next year as he will command a contract in the $8 million to $10 million range. Dunbar has played plenty of snaps and has been in games during many key situations during his three years here so the move wasn’t that eye-opening. Putting in Dunbar was not as risky a move as putting in, say, Fabian Moreau would have been. The rookie has played just 54 defensive snaps all year.

Fourth down

Kirk Cousins’ 151 yards passing were the fewest he has had in a game that he started and finished in his NFL career. It was as unproductive a game as we’ve seen from him. After scoring a touchdown and then losing the ball on downs in Chargers territory in the second quarter, the Redskins had seven straight drives that ended with punts from their own territory. Of course, the problem wasn’t just the offense. As Dan Steinberg pointed out, this was the first game since 1978 that the Redskins allowed more than 480 yards while gaining less than 210. This team isn’t tanking to try to get a better draft pick but if they were, the Chargers game is what it would look like.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Here's where each team stands with three weeks to go

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Here's where each team stands with three weeks to go

What happened in the NFL this weekend?

Oh, you know, the MVP favorite was lost to an awful knee injury, Antonio Brown had more receiving yards than the Redskins' entire offense and Jay Cutler easily outclassed Tom Brady on primetime. That's it.

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So, with three weeks left to play, how did an eventful Week 14 shake up the power rankings? Well, for starters, there's a new No. 1.

To find out who took that spot from the Patriots, as well as the new low that Washington has it, check out the link above or below.

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