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Jamison Crowder open to contract extension with Redskins, per source

Jamison Crowder open to contract extension with Redskins, per source

Heading into 2018 in the final year of his rookie contract, Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder would be open to a contract extension this offseason, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Crowder "likes it" playing in Washington and feels very comfortable with his role in head coach Jay Gruden's offense, per the source. 

In three years with the Redskins, Crowder has averaged about 750 receiving yards and four touchdowns per season. His best year came in 2016, when he grabbed 67 passes for 847 yards and seven touchdowns.

Expectations were high for Crowder coming into the 2017 season, and while he had a fine season, the year was not a big success. He ended 2017 with 66 catches for 789 yards and three touchdowns. All three marks were lower than 2016.

There are reasons for the statistical dip.

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Crowder played much of the year injured, dealing with hamstring and hip injuries that dated all the way back to training camp. Further, Crowder saw much more attention from opposing defenses in 2017 than he had in 2016 or 2015. 

"I think he was dealing with something early in the season. I think he had some soft tissue injuries here and there that may have slowed him down a little bit, but I think towards the end of the year he started feeling a lot better," Gruden said. "Probably didn’t get the production we all anticipated we would get and I think a lot of that has trickle-down effect with some of the players that we lost not only at receiver, tight end and running back but also at offensive line from time to time."

Much of that difference came from playing with Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor instead of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Crowder plays the slot receiver position, on the inside of offensive sets, and certainly benefits when there is more production coming from players on the outside. 

Still, Crowder finished 2017 as the Redskins leading receiver.

"I don’t have any concern," Gruden said of Crowder going forward.

In the past, Washington has moved to extend some standout players' contracts before they reach free agency. Typically, these players are drafted and developed by the Redskins. 

Last season, Chris Thompson and Morgan Moses were the latest Redskins players to get contract extensions from the club, and in the recent past, players like Jordan Reed, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams all fit that bill. 

A fourth-round pick in 2015, Crowder would be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. That could mean the chance at a big payday, especially if he's able to break through the 1,000 yard mark next season. 

For Crowder, however, there could also be value in a contract extension. The 5-foot-8 wideout from Duke has never made more than $1 million per season, and in 2018 will make about $850,000.

While that's good money in the real world, in the NFL, it's peanuts for a productive receiver. 

Last season, Pryor made $6 million and had just 20 catches for 240 yards. Doctson, playing on a first-round rookie deal, made $2.2 million and had 35 catches for 502 yards. 

An extension for Crowder would very likely come with a healthy pay raise, and while he wouldn't get to pursue free agency in 2019, he would have long-term financial security on a team he likes. 

For the Redskins, an extension could provide roster clarity and keep the cost down for a player of Crowder's talent. As it stands now, the Redskins only have Crowder, Doctson and seldom used Robert Davis and Maurice Harris under contract. Barring a collapse in 2018, Crowder's price would be much higher on the open free agent market than it would this offseason with an extension. 

While the slowdown in receiving production can be explained, his output as a punt returner draws more confusion. After two solid seasons returning punts, Crowder struggled in that area in 2017. Asked about punt returns for next season, Gruden allowed that changes could be coming. 

"He had a couple dropped, muffed punts and he had a couple fumbles and that’s something that we cannot have," the coach said. "We need to create big plays. We didn’t get it done this year. I’m not blaming Jamison. Maybe we have got to block better for him, give him better looks, but [it’s] something we have to address."

Still, Crowder's contractual value comes from his skill as a slot receiver, not a punt returner. Should he lose that gig in 2018, it will not have much impact on his free agent market the following season. 

The Redskins front office has done a good job of identifying "core Redskins" players they want to keep, and locking those players up before they get to free agency. If Jamison Crowder is one of those players, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest he should be, the young wideout might be next in line for an extension. 

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

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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:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

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