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Andre Roberts' contract would make trade difficult for Redskins


Andre Roberts' contract would make trade difficult for Redskins

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column this week, Peter King suggested that the Redskins and Ravens could pull off a trade to send wide receiver Andre Roberts, who was inactive on Sunday, to Baltimore.

It all makes sense in a lot of football-related ways. The Ravens have veteran Steve Smith and rookie Breshad Perriman on the shelf with injuries and bringing in a 27-year-old Roberts could help them. Perhaps a change of scenery could revive Roberts’ career. He apparently has lost his job to rookie Jamison Crowder.

Between compensatory picks and trades, the Ravens have a ton of extra draft picks coming to them this spring, as they usually do. Dealing one of them for Roberts might make good football sense.

But such a deal would not make much financial sense for the Ravens. Roberts’ is in the second season of a four-year contract. His salary this year is a fully guaranteed $2.75 million. A team trading for him this week would owe him $2,062,500 for the balance of the season. That’s a good chunk of change for a receiver who was not only benched but made inactive even though that move was rather risky.

With DeSean Jackson still out with his hamstring injury, the Redskins had just four active receivers. And when Pierre Garçon left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter, Jay Gruden had Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant, and Rashad Ross lined up at receiver. They had a combined 24 NFL catches going into the season. Fortunately, Garçon was able to return to the game

No doubt, having Roberts inactive sent a message to the team that performance matters. It also let the rest of the league know that Roberts’ value is very, very low, certainly not worth $2 million.

The two years on his contract beyond this season don’t enhance Roberts’ value at all. The deal calls for him to make $4 million per season in 2016 and 2017. Any team that might deal for him would be doing so with the idea that they would cut him after this season is over. The Redskins would eat any dead money but the point here is that a team that trades for Roberts would be getting a partial-season rental in exchange for whatever draft compensation they might give up.

I guess you should never say never. Perhaps if the Ravens get into contention or if another team looking to make a playoff run is desperate for a receiver around the time the trade deadline comes along they might pick up the phone and call Scot McCloughan. By then the balance of his contract will be closer to about $1.25 million and that might be easier for a desperate team to swallow. 

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.