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Lamar Jackson is certainly interesting, but doesn't make sense for Redskins

Lamar Jackson is certainly interesting, but doesn't make sense for Redskins

Lamar Jackson makes for one of the most interesting prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. For all 32 teams. 

ESPN's Matthew Berry reported that some Redskins personnel have interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner, and that makes sense.

Certain folks involved in the Redskins offices do have interest in Lamar Jackson, sources have confirmed with NBC Sports Washington. 

But let's be clear: That doesn't mean Jackson makes sense for the Redskins with the 13th overall pick in the draft. 

Going into the draft, the Washington Redskins need to examine every prospect and consider how that player could make the team better. 

Jackson, with an incredible skillset of speed, elusiveness and arm strength, could make the Redskins better. His dynamic talents, combined with Jay Gruden's creative offensive mind, could dream up some wild schematic advantages. 


Now, pick your jaws up off the floor Redskins fans. This is where the dream scenario ends. 

The Redskins traded a third-round pick AND Kendall Fuller to Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith. The Smith trade gives Washington stability at quarterback, and one Redskins offensive coach said they "love" the move. Additionally, two different Redskins coaches said they "hated" giving up Kendall Fuller. 

The decision to go get Smith was not done without careful consideration. 

And drafting Jackson would run counter to that decision. 

Washington will be paying Smith for at least three seasons; the one year he has left on his contract from Kansas City and certainly the first two fully guaranteed years of the contract extension he signed with Washington. 

That means Smith will be on the Redskins payroll making more than $20 million in 2020, and maybe beyond. 

Jackson would be a luxury, and the Redskins have too many needs to pay up for a luxury. 


Does drafting a late-round, developmental QB make sense for the Redskins. Sure, maybe. 

Does drafting Lamar Jackson in the first round make sense for the Redskins? Nope. 

Due diligence is a key phrase.

The Redskins' front office owe to their fans to perform due dillegence on every draft prospect. Jackson is an undeniable talent, and could make the 'Skins better. 

He's also a young man that has been unequivocal about playing quarterback, and only quarterback. Rightfully so.

Should he come to Washington, he would not be the starting QB. And that seems like it would be a problem. 

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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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.

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