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Former Redskins' kicker Kai Forbath set to return to FedEx Field


Former Redskins' kicker Kai Forbath set to return to FedEx Field

The Redskins are set to host a familiar face when the Saints come to town Sunday.

Kicker Kai Forbath, who played in Washington from 2012 through the opener this season, signed with New Orleans on Oct. 21 and has appeared in the team’s past three games. Interestingly, he replaced Zach Hocker, the Redskins’ 2014 seventh round draft pick, and Hocker beat out current Redskins' kicker Dustin Hopkins in camp.

“You know, he’s been real consistent,” Saints Coach Sean Payton said of Forbath. “He worked out for us two-and-a-half weeks prior to us signing him. He’s steady. The challenge always when the kickers come in on a workout, there’s probably three or four of them. I think from Monday to Monday, they fly to different cities, the ones that don’t have opportunities. Unique with [Forbath] though were just his numbers not only in the NFL but in college.”

Forbath is 1-of-2 on field goals and 14-of-15 on extra points for the Saints. But he was clutch when his team needed him against the Giants a couple of weeks ago. Forbath connected from 50 yards out with five seconds remaining to lift the Saints to a wild 52-49 win.

Afterward, Forbath was handed the game ball by Payton, who made a joke about giving it to the kicker over quarterback Drew Brees. Brees had thrown for 500 yards and seven touchdowns.

Last week, however, didn't go as well for Forbath. Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo tipped a 46-yard attempt in the fourth quarter, forcing the game to overtime and Tennessee ended up upsetting the Saints, 34-28.  

“Obviously, he hit a big one for us a couple weeks back," Payton said. "Last week, the get-off and the kick was fine. It was pressure from the right side. He felt like he hit clean and looks like he did. [But] overall, we’ve been real impressed — his makeup.”

The Redskins cut Forbath after he missed a 46-yarder in the season-opening loss to the Dolphins. His replacement, Hokpins, is 12 of 13 (92.3 percent) on field goals and among the league leaders in touchbacks. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on and

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.


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