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Cousins: 'I heard cheers in the end and that's all that matters'


Cousins: 'I heard cheers in the end and that's all that matters'

Kirk Cousins has been under the gun all week for his two-interception performance against the Jets last week. He responded in style today with one of the best performances of his career.

When the Redskins struggled to move the ball in the first quarter and the Bucs led 17-0, the was starting to hear the boos from some of the restless fans at FedEx Field. In the second quarter he was stripped of the ball while trying to pass. Howard Jones of Tampa Bay scooped up the fumble and rolled 43 yards for a touchdown.

The volume of the boo-birds increased and more fans participated. Although the Redskins did manage to score a touchdown before halftime to cut their deficit to 24-7, it wasn’t looking good and the fans let the team have as they left the field.

Cousins talked during week about tuning out negative feedback by changing the radio station or TV channel. But he couldn’t do that at FedEx Field.

“You certainly don’t want to hear them,” said Cousins. “If they pay for their ticket they can do what they want. I heard cheers in the end and that’s all that matters.”

Indeed they were roaring as Cousins and the Redskins pulled off the biggest comeback in team history as they outscored the Bucs 24-6 in the second half to steal a badly needed 31-30 win.


Cousins completed 33 of 40 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns. He scored another TD running. The fourth-year player was on fire in the second half, completing 21 passes for 206 yards and all three of his touchdown passes.

In the final drive he was masterful, completing seven straight passes to move from the Washington 20 to the Bucs six. Then after two incompletions he found Jordan Reed for the winning score.

“The last play . . . Jordan won his one-on-one matchup,” said Cousins, “It was a great play call, made it easy on me, and we won.”

Cousins said he can handle the ups and downs by not thinking too much about them.

“I try to stay like this,” said Cousins, moving his hand slowly along an imaginary level plane. “I don’t hit the panic button when things are going bad and I don’t feel like we’ve got it all figured out when we win . . . I try to stay like this even within the game. Just stay like this and see where we are at the end.”

Today at the end they had a historic comeback win. As Cousins suggested, they don’t have it all figured out yet but they will take what they earned today.

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price


Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 


Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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