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8 questions that'll help Skins fans pick between Carolina & Denver


8 questions that'll help Skins fans pick between Carolina & Denver

Gather 'round, Redskins fans. There's something you need to hear, and it's something that may be a bit jarring at first.

Are you ready?

This year, when Super Bowl 50 kicks off, Washington won't be one of the participants.

Man, that was some tough news to deliver. One of the hardest parts of this job, in fact. You guys OK?

Yes, that's right; unfortunately, the Burgundy and Gold won't be competing this Sunday for the Lombardi Trophy. Instead, that right belongs to the Broncos and Panthers. But with that being said, tons of 'Skins supporters will still eagerly be tuning into the game, so who should they root for between Denver and Carolina since their favorite team will be absent from the contest?

Here are eight questions that should provide some clarity to which side Redskins lovers should take in SB 50.

1) What is your stance on dabbing?

Is it a tired dance that has run its course? Do you think it looks more like someone sneezing into their arm instead of celebrating? Then wear that Denver orange, because they are a fairly dab-less bunch. Yet, if you still (somehow, impossibly) like the dab, then you obviously have to get behind the person who made it famous: Cam Newton. It has now caught on with his entire team, and you'll probably see plenty of it on the gridiron in Santa Clara if they're performing well.

2) Do you miss ex-Redskins kicker Graham Gano?

The 28-year-old kicker, who played in D.C. from 2009-2011, has been with the Panthers ever since he left the Redskins. Therefore, if you find yourself missing the former Florida State product, root for the NFC Champions.


3) Do you miss ex-Redskins lineman Tyler Polumbus?

Polumbus, another guy who once played for the 'Skins, is now a backup tackle for the Broncos. That means there are players with ties to the current NFC East champions on both sides of the matchup, but if you're particularly fond of this veteran, go with the AFC's representative this Sunday.

4) Do you like revenge, even if someone else is getting it for you?

If so, as a Washington watcher, the choice here is the Broncos. That's because, back in November, the Panthers manhandled the Redskins, 44-16. You know what they say, right? "If you can't beat 'em, root for the team that's playing against them in the Super Bowl to beat 'em instead."

5) Are you tired of all the "The Redskins should have hired Wade Phillips" talk?

The Broncos defense is really, really good. And defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has had a large role in their tremendous year. An unfortunate byproduct of their success, though, is many Burgundy and Gold diehards suggesting/debating/saying over and over and over again on any social media platform available that the franchise made a big mistake in passing over Phillips for Joe Barry. So, if this has exhausted you to no end, you're probably going to want to see Carolina put up a 50-spot on Denver. That should quiet the noise a bit.

6) Which quarterback storyline do you prefer...

  • Young, up-and-coming signal caller picks up first title and caps off his first truly dominant year with the ultimate victory? Panthers. 
  • Old, down-and-leaving "OMAHA!" caller picks up second title and caps off his (probably) last season with the ultimate victory? Broncos.

7) Do you yearn for the days of the 2012 Redskins?

Ah, the memories — A running QB. The read-option offense. A group of guys coming out of nowhere to put together a fabulous year. That's how the 2012 Redskins did things, and that's how the 2015 Panthers are doing things, too. Therefore, if that edition of your favorite team made you feel some type of way, Ron Rivera's bunch will hopefully bring back some of those emotions for you as well.

8) Do you hate the Cowboys?

Of course you do. And since the Cowboys aren't playing this Sunday, either, both the Panthers and the Broncos are a suitable choice to cheer for in the Super Bowl. Because neither of them are the Cowboys. If you end up using this question to decide, you honestly can't go wrong.


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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


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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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


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.