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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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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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