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Need to Know: Redskins fan questions—Will Jordan Reed get traded?

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Need to Know: Redskins fan questions—Will Jordan Reed get traded?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 5, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Chargers in Los Angeles.

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Today’s schedule: Off day

Days until:

—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 5
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 12
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 19

Answering your questions

Thanks for recognizing that a lot will happen between now and the end of April. I can’t pay a whole lot of attention to college football during the NFL season so I’m not even sure who the top prospects are.

That said, the better way of looking at this question is to ask where the shouldn’t spend a first-round pick. Unless a guard is going to be a long-term Pro Bowl performer, I don’t think the position is worth a first-round pick. Tackle would only be a consideration for depth in the later rounds. Whether or not Bashaud Breeland is back, I think they’re in good shape at cornerback and probably safety. QB is in play in the first round unless Kirk Cousins signs a long term deal. So is any other position, pending free agency acquisitions.

I would be very surprised if the Redskins traded Jordan Reed for a couple of reasons. One is money. They would take a $5.4 million cap hit for moving on from Reed. That’s not a debilitating hit, but it’s significant.

The second reason is that I think they would have great problems finding a team willing to trade for him for the same reason—money. The team that would trade for him would assume a contract with three years left at salaries in excess of $8 million per. The other teams know the injury issues as well as the Redskins do. Why would they take on those salaries?

The most likely scenario is that the Redskins will keep Reed in 2018 and see if he can bounce back. They can then make a decision in 2019 when the cap hit from moving on will be considerably lower.

If we’re working on the assumption that Cousins moves on, I think it’s possible that McCoy could handle the job in the short term, although there may be a better option on the free agent market (Case Keenum or Tyrod Taylor, just to name a couple).

But they know what they have in McCoy. He has been around for four years and he started some games for them. With all of the uncertainty, there would be no point in trotting him out there the last couple of games. Let Cousins play and then deal with 2018 when the last game ends.

“Rest” injured players? No. Next question.

OK, let’s talk about this some. For one thing, who plays if you pull Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, and Jordan Reed? Who plays? Maybe tight end is covered since he’s missed the last five games, but who plays tackle? Ty Nsekhe is also injured; he still is limited in practice every day due to the core muscle injury. Do you put him in or play Tyler Catalina and hope that your quarterback can survive Von Miller in a few weeks? Play that out with other positions you think should “rest” and you’re looking at a potential fiasco.

There are plenty more reasons to play your best players. They want to play, not only for their teammates but for money. Moses, Williams, and Reed have per-game roster bonuses that pay out over $15,000 for games in which they are active. And the players want to go out and compete. They only get to play 16 games a year and they are precious.

Finally, “rest” for what? They have seven months to rest and rehab. That should cover the timetable of the procedures for Reed and Moses. Both could miss OTAs but a few weeks’ difference isn’t going to make or break that. It’s possible that the timetable for Williams’ knee surgery rehab may bump into training camp, but barring the unforeseen, Williams will be ready for the regular season.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on RealRedskins.com and NBCSportsWashington.com.

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.

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