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Kirk Cousins may be playing his last home game at FedEx Field (again)

Kirk Cousins may be playing his last home game at FedEx Field (again)

Kirk Cousins has been here before, three times in fact.

On Sunday, the Redskins quarterback will play in what might be his last game wearing the home colors at FedEx Field. As you may have heard, his contract is up at the end of the year and his future is very much up in the air.

“I’ve had multiple years here where it was the final year of my contract, so I guess those possibilities have come up before,” he said. “I guess now that it’s been the third go around of that, you just kind of go out and play and let the chips fall where they may.”

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Actually, this will be the fourth time that Cousins has played a potential final home game. He had two of them in 2015, the year his original contract with the team ran out. In Week 15 they beat the Bills to move to 7-7. They had to win in Philadelphia the next week to win the division and get into the playoffs. They took care of business and earned the right to host the Packers in the wild-card round of the playoffs. They were one and done and that game could have been Cousins’ last home game at FedEx.

The Redskins used the franchise tag on Cousins after the season so he was back at it on a one-year contract. The season finale was against the Giants at home. There was little focus on Cousins’ status as the Redskins needed a win to qualify for the playoffs. The season came to an abrupt end when the Redskins lost, their fate sealed when Cousins threw a late-game interception.

The Redskins used the tag on him once again so come Sunday, Cousins will be playing that potential final home game for the Redskins.

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“I just want to make sure that in and of this season that we leave FedEx Field on a high note and give our home fans something to feel good about as they leave FedEx Field for the last time this season,” said Cousins. “That’s really where the focus is—trying to have a finish here that causes the tenor of the season to feel much better as we walk away from it.”

With so much up in the air, that’s the right approach to take. Play the game, walk out with a win, and leave a good taste in the mouths of the fans who are there. Soon after that moment, the Redskins and Cousins will be able to negotiate on a long-term contract and within a few months, we will see if Cousins has any more home games in burgundy and gold.

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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Need to Know: Five possible Redskins free agent targets

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Need to Know: Five possible Redskins free agent targets

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 18, 55 days before NFL free agency starts.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 47
—NFL Draft (4/26) 98
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 234

Five possible Redskins free agent signings

Yesterday, we took an early look at how the Redskins might improve themselves in the first round of the draft. Free agency is just 55 days away so let’s look at five possible Redskins premium free agent signings.

QB Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)—The Vikings have one of those “good problems to have” at quarterback. If Case Keenum leads them to the Super Bowl, they might have to hold on to him and let the 25-year-old former first-round pick walk. He didn’t put up huge numbers in his two years as the starter but the Vikings didn’t ask him to do much. He’s a pocket passer with mobility and it would be interesting to see what Jay Gruden could do with him. The devastating knee injury that cost him most of the last two seasons is, of course, a major concern and it would have to be examined closely before any major commitment.

WR Jordan Matthews (Bills)—He struggled some in 2017 after the Bills acquired him from the Eagles. He spent the last five games on injured reserve with a knee injury. But when he was healthy for his first three seasons with the Eagles, he averaged 75 receptions for almost 900 yards and six touchdowns per season. The injury could help the Redskins get a quality receiver at a discounted price.

G Jonathan Cooper (Cowboys)—The seventh overall pick of the 2013 draft has had problems getting a foothold in the NFL. He has spent two years with the Cardinals and two in Dallas. Injuries have hurt him as well. But he is young (27) and if he’s healthy he could be a good alternative to some of the more expensive options to fill the left guard spot.

DL Bennie Logan (Chiefs)—The Redskins wanted to sign him away from the Eagles a year ago but they couldn’t get a deal done. Logan went to the Chiefs on a one-year deal so he’s set to be a free agent again at age 28. He’s just the sort of nose tackle that Jim Tomsula likes (more athletic than heavy) and he could play on other downs as well. The Redskins have the same hole at nose tackle that they had a year ago and making another run at Logan is a no-brainer.

ILB Jon Bostic (Colts)—Logan was a second-round pick of the Bears in 2013 and if he signs with a new team in 2018 it will be his fourth in six NFL seasons. He is more solid than spectacular but the Redskins might just need someone who can play if they lose Zach Brown and/or Mason Foster and Will Compton to free agency.

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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Zach Brown's Twitter frustration not aimed at Redskins, per source

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Zach Brown's Twitter frustration not aimed at Redskins, per source

Redskins fans desperately want Zach Brown back on the roster for the 2018 season, and a Wednesday morning tweet made many Washington fans freak out when the linebacker posted, "I guess the respect level is still low..."

Don't freak out Redskin fans.

The tweet has nothing to do with contract negotiations between Brown and the Redskins, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Instead, this is about a recent addition to the Pro Bowl. 

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Tuesday night, the NFL announced Falcons linebacker Deion Jones would replace injured Panthers LB Luke Kuechly in the Pro Bowl. 

Brown made the Pro Bowl in 2016 playing with the Bills, and during Pro Bowl voting earlier this season his Twitter feed had many messages supporting a second straight trip. 

Jones had a strong season for a good Falcons defense, but he finished with just 11 more tackles than Brown despite playing in three more games.

In fact, Brown was the leading tackler in the NFL before missing the final three games of the season with a litany of injuries. Remarkably, Brown kept the NFL tackle lead after he missed Week 15, though the rest of the leauge caught up to him by Week 16. Playing in only 13 games, Brown still finished ninth in the NFL in tackles, and also added 2.5 sacks. 

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