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DeSean Jackson want to remain with Redskins but money will be an issue

DeSean Jackson want to remain with Redskins but money will be an issue

DeSean Jackson says he wants to remain a Redskin. But is that even possible?

I want to be here,” the veteran wide receiver said, speaking on Redskins Nation on CSN. He said that his family is now in the area and that he has no desire to relocate.

What he said during his talk with Larry Michael was not the first sign that he might want to sign another contract with the Redskins. Jackson recently put out a post on Instagram showing him working out in the weight room at Redskins Park. Normally this time of year his social media is filled with nothing but photos of Jackson vacationing in some exotic destinations (and there are some of those, too). But it is noteworthy that he made sure to put out the message that he is serious about getting ready to play in 2017.

While he is letting the Redskins know that he is committed to taking care of his body, which now is 30 years old, it also sends the same message to the other 31 teams out there.

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Not wanting to uproot your family and demonstrating your commitment to being ready for the season is great. But ultimately this will come down to money and the Redskins and Jackson have very different agendas when it comes to agreeing on a deal.

From Jackson’s point of view, this is his last shot at a big payday. It will be a three- or four-year deal so he will be 33 or 34 when it expires. A speed receiver can probably find work at that age but the big money won’t be there like it will be this time around.

The Redskins have their own set of financial realities. Although they have around $62 million in salary cap space and the ability to create more, they have other players they want to re-sign. One of them is quarterback Kirk Cousins, who could take up as much $24 million of that cap space. They also may want to bring back Pierre Garçon, another 30-year-old wide receiver who will be looking for a contract similar to Jackson’s.

The Redskins can afford both Jackson and Garçon this year; they have had them on the books the last three years. But they soon must deal with Jamison Crowder. The 2015 fourth-round pick has been very productive in his first two seasons and he will be eligible for a contract extension a year from now. Having three players with lucrative contracts at one position is a recipe for cap problems.

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Maybe things can be worked out. Jackson has demonstrated that money isn’t everything to him. Last year he decided to forego a $500,000 workout bonus to spend his spring doing other things. Maybe he won’t go for every dime he can get and give the Redskins a hometown discount.

It seems likely, however, that the Redskins will have trouble making the numbers work even if Jackson takes slightly less than market value to stay, especially if they do manage to bring back Garçon. If Garçon sees greener pastures elsewhere, perhaps Jackson will stay. Or maybe the Redskins will bite the bullet, hold off Crowder’s extension a year, and bring back both veteran receivers.

Those scenarios are possible but what seems to be most likely is that Jackson will be in another uniform in 2017 despite the messages being sent by his words and Instagram posts.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on NFL.com, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

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