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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.

Timeline

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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Devin Hester deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and Brian Mitchell is why

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Devin Hester deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and Brian Mitchell is why

Devin Hester officially announced his NFL retirement on Tuesday after 11 years as the most feared return specialist in NFL history. 

Hester who spent a majority of his career with the Bears and Falcons finished with 20 return touchdowns, the most in NFL history. His 14 punt return touchdowns is also an NFL record. Hester also returned a missed field goal for an 108-yard touchdown. He became just one of eight men to score a kick return touchdown in the Super Bowl. 

It wasn't just what he did, but how he did it, and that matters. Hester was explosively and entertaining, sometimes taking a route well longer than the official length of his return touchdown. Hester had the combination of speed and quickness you only see once in a generation. 

Devin Hester is worthy of a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Brian Mitchell is why.

Hester is the greatest return specialist in NFL history. But Mitchell is the best return specialist in NFL history.

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There's a difference too, between greatest and best. Hester was feared. He was revered. But nobody did it better than Mitchell. Nobody has ever fielded more returns than Mitchell (1,070), and nobody has ever compiled more return yards (19,013) than he. Only Hester has more career return touchdowns than Mitchell (13).

While Hester was boom-or-bust on many of his returns, Mitchell always got yardage. He averaged at least 10 yards per punt return in nine seasons and led the NFL in 1994 with 14.1 yards per punt return. He played in 223 of 224 possible games. Nobody did it better.

Mitchell has still yet to get the call from Canton, Ohio for enshrinement. Mitchell was a nominee for the 2017 class, but did not receive enough votes. But with Hester now officially on the clock for enshrinement, one things become clear: A return specialist will head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Hester will get his name called, and when he does, it will be because of Mitchell. Nobody did it better than Mitchell. The omission of Mitchell has been a contentious point recently, and if the Hall of Fame has not been able to add Mitchell to their hallowed halls, what would it take?

Devin Hester. That's what.

Hester had to do things pro football world had never seen before. He had to do truly great things. Things that you couldn't do in the Madden video games.

If the Hall of Fame has been reluctant to add Mitchell, only a player like Hester would be able to budge them off their archaic line.

Make no mistake about it: Brian Mitchell deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

So does Devin Hester, and when he makes it, he'll have B-Mitch to thank. 

 

 

 

 

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Jordan Reed's unsatisfying 2017 season has come to an official end

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Jordan Reed's unsatisfying 2017 season has come to an official end

The Redskins made a roster move that many have anticipated for the last few weeks.

The team announced that 2016 Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed, who has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury, has been placed on injured reserve. That ends a very disappointing season for the five-year veteran.

It seemed that Reed was never fully healthy all year. He was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a toe injury when he reported to camp in late July. Reed remained on PUP until a week before the start of the regular season, when he was activated.

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In six games, Reed’s production was running well below his career averages in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He was averaging just 7.8 yards per catch after averaging 10.5 per reception prior to the season.

It seemed like he was on the verge of breaking out in Week 7 against the Eagles, when he caught eight passes for 64 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season. But the following week against the Cowboys he suffered the hamstring injury early in the game and he hasn’t played since.

Reed was close to returning a few weeks ago but he suffered a setback and he just couldn’t get the hamstring healthy enough to play. With the Redskins now officially out of playoff contention, the decision apparently was made to put him on the shelf and start getting him ready for next year.

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In other moves announced by the Redskins, they put RB Byron Marshall (hamstring) and LB Chris Carter (broken fibula) on IR. Both were injured during the loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Carter will have surgery and face a long rehab. Perhaps Marshall could return after a few weeks but the Redskins needed to get a third running back on the roster.

That running back is Kapri Bibbs, who has been on the Redskins’ practice squad. Also signed to the active roster were practice squad linebackers Pete Robertson and Otha Peters.

Added to the practice squad were LB Alex McCalister, RB Dare Ogunbowale, and S Orion Stewart.

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.