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Jay Gruden "very concerned" about future health of Kyshoen Jarrett

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Jay Gruden "very concerned" about future health of Kyshoen Jarrett

As the 2015 season rolled along, rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett emerged as an important player for the Redskins, especially in nickel situations. Jarrett looked like another potential late-round steal for GM Scot McCloughan, who selected the Virginia Tech defender in the 6th round of last year's draft.

But then Jarrett's progress came to a crashing halt in a largely meaningless late-season game. The Redskins had already wrapped up the NFC East title before a Week 17 tilt against the Dallas Cowboys but Jarrett - like most of the team's starters - still played. Early in that game on a collision with Dallas RB Darren McFadden the Redskins rookie sustained a blow to the right shoulder. The injury was more severe than it appeared, and caused nerve damage to Jarrett's shoulder.

Now, nearly four months after the hit, the future remains uncertain for Jarrett.

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"Very concerned," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Jarrett's shoulder. "It’s a tough injury for him. He’s one of those kids you want to have around."

Jarrett, who played in all 16 games for Washington before the injury and started five, logged 38 tackles to go with one forced fumble in 2015. With the calendar turned to 2016, and the Redskins brass working to figure out their secondary this fall, Jarrett remains a question mark. For the Redskins, the safety position ranks as one of the biggest areas of need, and the team will likely look to upgrade during the draft next month.

"He doesn’t have much strength right now. It’s not firing to give him strength. It’s going to take some time," Gruden said. "I don’t know how long that’s going to be yet. Something we can’t predict really, just going to continue to rehab and hopefully it fires, we’ll send him to some specialists and hopefully get him out there soon."

The stats don't jump off the page for Jarrett, but a late-round draft pick able to make starts as a rookie says a lot. McCloughan would not get into the physical side of things, but spoke highly of Jarrett.

"I don’t want to get into medical. That’s not what I do," McCloughan said. "He’s a really good football player. He had a really good rookie year for us. He gave his heart and soul and hopefully we’ll get him back."

Nerve damage is obviously tricky; it's not like healing a broken bone, and the recovery process is impossibly vague. One thing that is clear, however, is how much both McCloughan and Gruden value Jarrett.

"He’ll do everything he can to get ready I know that," Gruden said. "The kid loves, loves, loves football and wants to get out there fast."

How fast that will be still remains to be seen. 

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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)

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Timeline  

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

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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. 

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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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