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Horton takes POTW honors

Horton takes POTW honors

Chris Horton was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Washington Redskins rookie safety found out via text message just that morning that he would be making his first NFL start. The text was from Reed Doughty, the usual starter, informing Horton that he had the flu and that he wouldn't be able to play. I asked him if he had time to get nervous.

"Yes, I did," he said.

But he settled down. "At the beginning of the game I just relaxed and had fun."

The Saints didn't have much fun dealing with Horton. Their first drive ended when Horton fell on a Jeremy Shockey fumble. Their second drive ended when Horton picked off a Drew Brees pass via a Fred Smoot tip. New Orleans' last drive ended when Demetric Evans got a paw on a pass and Horton came down with the ball.

The end result was a big win for the team and the POTW honors for Horton.

Horton's chances of garnering any player of the month awards or anything bigger seem to be remote. When asked if Horton's performance had earned him Doughty's starting job, Jim Zorn had a simple answer: "No."


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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