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If Allen Robinson becomes available, you should expect the Redskins to show interest

If Allen Robinson becomes available, you should expect the Redskins to show interest

No Redskins wideout accounted for more than 800 yards receiving last season, a disappointing step back from 2016 when both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon cracked that barrier. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden knows he needs more production from his receivers in 2018, and while some of that could come from improved play by Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson, it will also come from outside the existing organization. 

One name to watch: Allen Robinson. 

The Jaguars wideout is set for free agency unless Jacksonville uses the franchise or transition tag to keep him. And if Robinson hits free agency, the Redskins will likely be interested, based on a number of conversations with folks in NFL circles. 


At 6-foot-3 and 220 lbs., Robinson has ideal size for the position and would give the Redskins another big receiver lined up opposite Doctson. Plus, Robinson proved his skill in the NFL with a 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown season in 2015. 

There are some concerns, however. 

Even in his best season in 2015, Robinson was not a burner. And now he's coming off ACL surgery that cost him the entire 2017 season. Could that make him a touch slower?

A physical player capable of beating press coverage and winning at the line of scrimmage, a lack of top-line speed didn't slow down Robinson in Jacksonville. Listening to Jay Gruden last week in Indianapolis, it seemed like there was a spot for Robinson. 

"Losing DeSean last year had a little bit of an impact but not as much as people probably want to think," Gruden said. "I like all-purpose guys, guys who can do multiple things because at the end of the day you're going to have to play multiple positions in this offense."

Robinson and Doctson could play on either side of the Redskins offense, with Crowder largely playing from his best spot inside. Robinson is also a capable blocker from the receiver spot, something the Redskins sorely lacked in 2017.


Remember, too, the Redskins tried to add this exact type of receiver last year in Terrelle Pryor. That move didn't work out, but the idea made sense. 

Free agency is all about cost versus value. Robinson's cost will be interesting to watch, as he had only 883 yards in 2016 before missing most of 2017. Will he be judged off those totals, and the injury, or the incredible season he posted in 2015?

There's plenty of money for the Redskins to spend this offseason, especially with the quarterback position settled. Some of that cash could be  in play for Robinson. 

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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


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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 18, 39 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at next year’s free agents

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens.

Note: I’m not including Brandon Scherff here because the team has a fifth-year option on him that they surely will activate before the May 2 deadline.

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard).

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility.

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon.

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup.

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight.

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019.

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

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Regarding the reported visit of defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins with the Redskins:


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 29
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 131
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 175

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