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Cut or Keep Walt Harris

Cut or Keep Walt Harris

Cut or keep: Walt Harris

With the salary cap deadline fast approaching and the Redskins some $18 million over the projected cap, there are some tough choices to be made. Some players that the Redskins might otherwise want to keep may have to get let go. Today we look at the merits of cutting or keeping cornerback Walt Harris.

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Harris has a particularly big target on his #27 jersey, as his departure would save a cool $2 million against the cap. That’s a pretty big number for a player who is not a starter.

Well, it’s not in the plans for him to be a starter, anyway. But we saw last year how much things can change.

It was expected that he would just start the first couple of games while first-round draftee Carlos Rogers got his feet wet as a nickel back and then the two would switch roles. As it turned out, Rogers did go into the starting role in for the third game of the season against Seattle, but only because Harris was inactive with a calf injury. After Harris was healthy, he started in seven straight games before yielding to Rogers in Week 13. Rogers only lasted two games before being sidelined with a torn bicep and Harris started the last three games.

If you were keeping count you know that adds up to 11 of the Redskins 16 regular-season games that Walt Harris started. You’d want to think twice, maybe three or four times, about getting rid of someone who started that much in on a team whose strength was defense. The team was 7-4 with him starting. In addition, even if he’s not one of the top two corners, the nickel back is nearly as important as the starter with all of the three- and four-receiver sets teams use these days.

And it’s inarguable that he made his presence felt on the field. He had 55 tackles, more than Rogers or Shawn Springs, plus an interception and a forced fumble.

His detractors would counter that Harris made so many tackles because he plays so far off the opposing receiver. That allows a lot of completions in front of him making the tackles necessary.

The bottom line on this is, well, the bottom line. With the team struggling to save every dollar to get under the cap, a $2 million savings for even a sometime starter who will be 32 by the time the 2006 season starts is too much to ignore. The Redskins need to let Harris go and, if he doesn’t want to come back for a salary at or near the vet minimum, go with some younger players to back up Springs and Rogers. The Broncos did OK with rookies Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworthy playing key roles at the cornerback position last year and the Redskins may need to do something similar in 2006.

Note on John Hall:

In an article earlier this week, I came down in favor of keeping kicker John Hall. At the time, the savings for cutting him were said to be $780,000. At that number, the view here was, he was worth keeping.

However, our resident capologist here at WarpathInsiders.com has found some new information and it turns out that the cut savings for Hall is slightly over $1 million. That leap into seven figures of savings makes what was a close call in favor of keeping him into an easy one to cut him loose.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

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