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Joe Theismann believes Kirk Cousins is playing near a top-5 level this season

Joe Theismann believes Kirk Cousins is playing near a top-5 level this season

Its been a season of ups and downs for the Redskins, but one thing that remains steady for the team is quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Week-to-week, Cousins' O-line changes with the team being plagued with injuries. Combine that with the limited options he has to throw to, and the margin of error for Cousins is slim.

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Someone that's been taking note of Cousins' consistency for the team is legendary Redskins QB Joe Theismann.

He may not yet have that automatic connection with his WRs that most QBs have, but Theismann told the Sports Junkies on Tuesday to give the man time.

"Nobody likes to concede the fact that it takes time to develop relationships," Theismann said.

"Like for example, we've seen Kirk overthrow Josh [Doctson] on two or three instances through the course of the year. It's just an unfamiliar position for him to be in because he hasn't quite adjusted to the speed that Josh has."

The Redskins are coming off their most devastating loss of the season and even in games past, people like to play the blame game and, a lot of the time, end up putting the blame on Cousins. Theismann, however, doesn't want to hear any of that.

"The job that Kirk has done, the shots he took in that game. I mean the resiliency he has had, the accuracy he throws with, the toughness hanging in the pocket. Right now, in this particular year, he's a top-five, top-six quarterback."

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Cousins is putting up career type numbers with a lack of resources.

He has 2,796 yards on the season for 17 touchdowns, with a 101.8 QB rating. And with free agency looming, receiving a glowing recommendation from a Redskins legend doesn't hurt your potential stock.

Click the video player above for Theismann's full interview.

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Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

$500 million.

That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts.

One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper.

Harper will become a free agent in 2018 and people are already projecting his market value at close to $500 million, if not more.

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract back in 2014 for 13 years, $325 million, holding the league record.

For Fancy Stats writer Neil Greenberg, $500 million is a bargain for someone of Harper's caliber.

"Harper is every bit as good [as Stanton] but he's also young," Greenberg told the Sports Junkies Friday.

"I mean, we don't see a player that's as good as Harper, that's as young a Harper, hit the market almost ever I want to say. You look at how many years of his prime he has left and then even if you start to give him just the typical aging curb off of that prime, he's probably worth close to 570 million dollars starting from 2019 and going forward ten years. And that includes also the price of free agency going up and other factors."

Harper, who is only 25 years-old, brings more to a team than just talent. He's one of the most recognizable figures in baseball, bringing tremendous marketing opportunities to an organization. Greenberg dove deeper into how that will increase his market value.

"And that's just for the on-the-field product. You talk about all the marketing that's done around Bryce Harper [and] what he does for the game. In my opinion, and based on the numbers that I saw, he's a bargain at $500 million."

Don't we all wish someone would say $500 million is a bargain for us?

After crunching the numbers, the biggest takeaway for Greenberg is the return on investment the Nationals have gotten out of Harper.

"Like if you look at his wins above replacement throughout his career, he's given you 200 million dollars in value for 21 million dollars in cash and he's due what another 26 or 27 million this year. I mean he's already given you an amazing return on investment."

"So, if you're the Nationals having - benefited from that - you know you have a little bit of, I guess, wiggle room in terms of maybe you're paying a little bit for past performance 'cause, you know, when a player is on arbitration in their early years they don't really get paid that much."

The Nationals still have Harper for one more season and many feel they need to make him an offer sooner than later. Whenever and whoever he gets an offer from, it's going to be a nice pay day for him.

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Michael Rapaport would love nothing more than to see Wizards dethrone Cavaliers

Michael Rapaport would love nothing more than to see Wizards dethrone Cavaliers

Actor, comedian and vocal sports fan Michael Rapaport has a simple request from the Wizards this season; dethrone LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Rapaport joined the Sports Junkies Wednesday morning to discuss his new book and to talk some trash.

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During his interview, he got into the beef he has with LeBron James and why is he rooting for the Wizards this season.

"Hopefully, you know, the Washington Wizards who I still call the Washington Bullets, can somehow dethrone them and play to their utter potential and knock them out," Rapaport said.

"I would love nothing more than the Cavaliers to not even make it to the finals and be knocked off their high horse by the Wizards."

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The Wizards didn't get a chance to face the Cavs during the postseason after they lost to the Boston Celtics during the first round of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

John Wall and company will try to make Rapaport's dreams come true this season. They will be hosting the Cavaliers at Capital One Arena on Friday.

The Cavs are currently 3-4 and on a three-game losing streak, while the Wizards are 4-2 and ranked third in the Eastern Conference.

To see the rest of Rapaport's interview and thoughts on James, click the video player above.