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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.”


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.


“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 and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

Tweet of the week

Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

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.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.