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Local furniture store takes major gamble with Redskins, Ravens

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Local furniture store takes major gamble with Redskins, Ravens

When the opening kickoff in the Redskins and Ravens' respective season openers is sent sky high, fans in both Washington and Baltimore will be watching very closely, excited for the start of a new NFL schedule to begin. 

And if either kick returner for the Burgundy and Gold or Purple and Black is able to take that kick back for a touchdown, supporters in the stands and at home will surely lose their minds.

David Biddison, however, will lose more than his mind -- he'll lose some money. Well, lots if it, actually.

Why?

Because Biddison is the GM of Marlo furniture -- which has been selling furniture to the D.C. area since 1955 -- and he has pledged to provide full refunds to every customer who buys goods from one of Marlo's five locations from August 17-23 IF either the Redskins or Ravens return their opening kickoff for a touchdown.

So one would think that Biddison -- who is from Baltimore and a Ravens fan himself -- would be hoping that his team takes a knee in the end zone for a touchback, or rips off a nice return as long as it doesn't end up going for six, right?

Wrong. Believe it or not, he's actually pulling for one of the two franchises to score a touchdown.

"I want 'em to run it back," Biddison told CSN. "It'll be a fun afternoon. It'll give a little adrenaline rush to everybody who bought furniture."

In fact, he's already dreamt up the ideal situation for his customers, which he outlined on the phone.

"What would be really neat is if you buy your furniture, and have it delivered before September 13 (Week 1 of the 2015 season), you'll be sitting on the furniture watching the game, and it could all of the sudden become free."

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This isn't the first risky promotion that Marlo has decided to run in 2015. Before the start of baseball season, they created a similar deal, where customers who purchased products from any Marlo store (they're located in Alexandria, Forestville, Laurel, Rockville and Fredericksburg) during a certain week in March will be refunded if the Nationals and Orioles meet in the World Series.

Yet another reason to root against the Mets and Yankees -- as if you needed one. 

At first glance, it looks like John Harbaugh's bunch is more likely to make Marlo customers a lot of money than Jay Gruden's outfit is: The Ravens have four return touchdowns in the last three seasons, while the Redskins haven't accomplished the feat since 2010 (side note: The deal is tied to the kickoff that stems from the coin toss. For example, if the 'Skins elect to receive the opening kickoff, that's the one to watch. But if they defer, the one that matters is the second half's opening kick). Either way, it provides a little more incentive for each fan base to keep an eye on the other local franchise's game.

Biddison likes doing these types of promotions because it makes the atmosphere around his stores more fun, he said. The third-year GM did admit, though, that Marlo has taken out a hefty sum of insurance to protect themselves in case a touchdown is scored, because this promotion, while like the other ones you've probably heard about, is a bit more extreme.

"We're not putting a limit on how much you can buy," he said. "You can buy one dollar or a million dollars of furniture, and your ticket will be refunded if it plays out."

You hear that Redskins and Ravens fans? If you're looking to get a few extra chairs for your dining room, pick up a new mattress, or splurge on a sweet couch before the NFL starts back up, head to Marlo starting Monday. Who knows, if your team's kickoff returner gets a couple of good blocks and finds room down the sideline, you may just end up getting all the money you spent on your spree back from the store.

And don't worry about Biddison, or his pockets. Contrary to what you'd expect, he'll be just as happy as you are.

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 25, 17 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.

Five Redskins who will have to step up in 2018

Originally published 12/26/17

WR Josh Doctson—This list is in no particular order but if it was, Doctson would be right here at the top. The watchword for Doctson is consistency. He makes some incredible catches and then there are throws that he drops or doesn’t quite seem to make enough of an effort to catch. There is promise there. The first-round pick has shown his ability and his teammates say he has a chance to be elite. But the potential must translate into production on the field, week in and week out.  

RB Samaje Perine—There is plenty of chatter about the Redskins’ need to sign or draft a top running back. But a look at this team’s recent history tells us that they are unlikely to invest major assets in the position. That means that Perine, a fourth-round pick in 2017, will have to become a more consistent runner. It’s not all his fault that he hasn’t done much since he had back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 11-12; tough defense, offensive line issues, and game score situations have slowed his production. But he needs to be consistently productive in 2018 no matter who he lines up against.

CB Josh Norman—Unless he gets a pick against the Giants, he will go through the year without any interceptions. Sure, they don’t throw his way all that often and INT’s don’t give you the complete picture of his play. But a CB taking up $20 million in cap room needs to get a couple of picks almost by sheer accident. Norman battled some injury problems and if he wants to justify the final two years and $23 million of salary remaining on his contract, his age 30 2018 season needs to be more impactful.

OLB Preston Smith—The third-year player started strong, with at least half a sack in the first five games. And he’s finishing strong, with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in the last two games. But in between, he had a total of just half a sack in eight games. This follows the pattern he displayed his first two years in the league of being dominant in some games and invisible in others. If he can develop some consistency in his 2018 contract year, he could cash in huge in free agency the following year.

Head coach Jay Gruden—Normally I only include players on lists like this one but if Gruden doesn’t do something to get the Redskins out of their near-.500 rut then nothing else will matter. He needs to change up something, whether it’s pushing the players hard in training camp or perhaps fine tuning his friendly approach to the players. Sure, better luck regarding injuries and a schedule that right now appears to be a bit less challenging will help. But Gruden needs to look at what he can change, too.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 4
—NFL Draft (4/26) 60
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 196

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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)

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197