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Kirk Cousins is reading these books next, and many of them are excellent choices

Kirk Cousins is reading these books next, and many of them are excellent choices

So far, Kirk Cousins' offseason has included highlights like meeting other famous Kirks and low points such as having his name butchered while renting a car. Now, with the season creeping closer, it looks like he's planning on doing a bit of reading on top of his other activities, too.

On Monday, the Redskins quarterback posted a photo to his Instagram revealing the next set of books he's hoping to work through. And, because overanalyzing everything about Cousins is now as much a part of life for a sports fan in the DMV as consuming GIFs of ridiculous John Wall plays or watching the middle of the Nationals' lineup bombard opposing pitchers, it's time to overanalyze some of the books in Cousins' stack.

Here's the picture:

The next stack of books to read through...

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And here are some thoughts on which ones are particularly astute decisions: 

Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre

There aren't many gaping flaws in Cousins' game; he's accurate, he sneakily runs a damn good read-option and he can even drop a Step Brothers reference when the situation calls for it. 

What could he do better, though? Most of his detractors will point to the fact that he should take a few more risks, especially in the red zone, and throw his receivers open instead of hoping one breaks free on his own. That's a quality critics will say Kirk Cousins doesn't have right now — and it's a quality Brett Favre had enough of for himself and probably six other quarterbacks as well.

Sure, Cousins doesn't need to go full-Favre in 2017, but adopting some of No. 4's legendary throw-it-now-and-think-about-it-later attitude would serve him well moving forward. 

The Energy to Lead: The Thermodynamics of Leadership

Did Jay Gruden get this one for his passer? Perhaps, especially considering how Gruden said back in March he expects Cousins to be a leader for the Redskins no matter what his contract situation is.

"Whether you are an engineer, a parent, a pastor or anybody wishing to grow in influence in a leadership position," the book's Amazon summary reads, "The Energy to Lead will be a must have in your leadership library." The 28-year-old absolutely has energy, so hopefully there'll be some lessons in this paperback that'll help him translate that energy into effective leadership.

The Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth: A Practical and Strategic Guide to Preparing for the Big Day  

Game planning for the Giants defense is one thing. Preparing for the birth of a baby is a whole other thing.

For a soon-to-be-father, this guide should have a ton of useful information for the periods before and after his son arrives. After all, there are no timeouts once that process begins.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

As long as he continues to stay healthy and produce, Cousins is going to get paid, either through a few more years of playing on the tag or by finally signing a long-term deal. Therefore, it's no surprise he'll be flipping through a book about investing. And if there's a section on how crucial conversion vans are to a balanced portfolio, then that's just a bonus.


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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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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


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. 


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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