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Did the Redskins get bang for their free agent bucks in 2017?

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Did the Redskins get bang for their free agent bucks in 2017?

The Redskins did not go on a free-agency spending spree this past offseason. They did make a few minor splashes in the pool, doling out $67.8 million in contract value to five players with $35.7 million guaranteed.

What kind of a return did the Redskins get on their investments? Let’s take a look.

DL Stacy McGee, signed for 5 years, $25 million, $9 million guaranteed—At age 27, McGee was mostly quiet but effective. He played in all 16 games and was in for about 40 percent of the defensive snaps. McGee didn’t record a sack but he had 13 pressures and had good range defending the run. Bang for the buck: If the Redskins get a couple more years like 2017 out of him, McGee will turn out to be a reasonable value.


DL Terrell McClain, 4 yr./$21mm/$10.5mm gtd.—The Redskins got some moments out of McClain, including a sack of Russell Wilson in the late going that helped save the win against the Seahawks. But they were paying for a player with a history of injuries and they got that as he missed four games with a toe injury. When he did play, he was at replacement level or below for the most part. Bang for the buck: It’s not a huge contract but it seems that the Redskins could have done better with a younger, cheaper player. The injury certainly hurt the dollars to productivity consideration. But they had to pay after years of neglecting the defensive line in the draft.

S D.J. Swearinger, 3 yr./$13.5mm/9mm gtd.—The Redskins have been struggling at safety for a decade and in bringing in Swearinger they bought some quality play and leadership. His four interceptions were the most by a Redskins safety since Sean Taylor had five in 2007 and he was solid against the run. Don’t get me wrong, Swearinger is not a potential All-Pro but he isn’t getting paid like one. In 2018 his cap number will be the 29th-highest in the league. Bang for the buck: He was burned in coverage from time to time but the Redskins finally got competence with moments of brilliance on a very reasonable contract.

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LB Zach Brown, 1 yr./$2.3mm/1.2mm gtd.—He couldn’t find the long-term deal he wanted so he took a one-year contract with Washington. Brown gave the Redskins great sideline-to-sideline pursuit and he led the NFL in tackles before missing the last three games with a variety of injuries. He struggled in coverage at times and the big plays were missing as he had just 2.5 sacks and no forced fumbles or interceptions. Bang for the buck: Like Swearinger, Brown gave the Redskins quality play for a very reasonable price. His contract was No. 16 among inside linebackers in terms of 2017 cap hit.

WR Terrelle Pryor, 1 yr./$6 mm/$6 mm gtd.—While some thought that his signing was overhyped, few thought it was a bad idea to have Pryor, who caught passes for over 1,000 yards from a bad bunch of Browns QBs in 2016, as part of the solution to the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. But he was a massive disappointment, with 20 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown. Bang for the buck: Pryor worked hard and he handled himself well during his struggles. But for what the production they got they might as well have taken the $6 million, piled it up, and put a match to it.



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Need to Know: Five potential Redskins first-round draft picks

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Need to Know: Five potential Redskins first-round draft picks

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 17, 56 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 48
—NFL Draft (4/26) 99
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 235

Five possible Redskins first-round draft picks

As you can see from the “Days until” counter above, the NFL draft is 99 days away. A lot will happen between now and then but let’s look at some prospects who will fit the Redskins and who should be available at pick No. 13.

ILB Roquan Smith, Georgia—If you watched Georgia at all during the national semifinals or finals, you had to be impressed with his instincts, speed, hard hitting, and solid tackling. Even if free agent Zach Brown stays, the Redskins could pair him up with Smith and have a dynamic pair of inside linebackers for the first time since they started running the 3-4 in 2010. The problem for the Redskins is that his high-profile performances in those big game may have pushed Smith into the top 10.

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma—A quarterback should be the choice early in the draft unless Kirk Cousins is signed to a long-term deal. Mayfield is an unconventional type of QB at about 6-1. There’s a lot to like about him, though—mobility, playmaking ability, and deep ball accuracy. He seems to have learned from his off-field mistakes, including an arrest about a year ago (apparently for yelling). In any case, if he is on the Redskins’ radar they will thoroughly vet him between now and draft day. Other QB possibilities are Josh Allen of Wyoming and Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama—Hey, why not another wide receiver, which would be the second one in the first round in three years, and another member of the Crimson Tide after taking Alabama players 1-2 in 2017. I know that people would cringe at another round 1 WR, but after Terrelle Pryor flamed out last year it certainly is a need. Ridley would represent a solid value at No. 13.

DL Vita Vea, Washington—This pick would solve a couple of problems. At 6-4, 332 Vea has the size and strength needed to play nose tackle, solving another problem that has been around since 2010. What might make him worth a first-round pick is that he doesn’t have to go to the bench in nickel. Vea is versatile enough to rush the passer and play three downs. Start a line with Vea, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis, mix in a few quality rotational players, and get Jim Tomsula to coach them up and you will have a top-notch D-line. As of right now, Vea is considered to be more of a late first-round player but a lot can change in the next 99 days.

RB Derrius Guice, LSU—Dreams of getting Saquon Barkley at No. 13 are just that and trading up far enough to get him would cost way too much draft capital. But Guice is a good mix of speed, power, agility, and receiving ability. With the exception of Alfred Morris’ first couple of seasons, the Redskins have been ordinary at best since the prime of Clinton Portis a decade ago. Many were impressed with Sony Michel of Georgia, who could be available in the second round.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?


Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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.

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

There's still time to vote on this one: