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Mediocre NBA players that'll cost more than some really good Redskins

Mediocre NBA players that'll cost more than some really good Redskins

After seeing how rich NBA contracts have gotten this summer, sensible parents around the country should be yanking their kids out of school and forcing them to make 10 thousand jump shots a week instead. These days, learning math or history sure seems a lot less profitable than picking up low-post skills or developing a feel for the pick-and-roll.

To furter illustrate the inflated deals that have made up much of the league's free agency period, here's a list of ordinary and so-so players that'll have a larger cap hit in 2016 than some very important Redskins.

Jeremy Lin will cost the Nets $11.4 million during the 2016/2017 season. Jordan Reed will cost the Redskins $3.4 million in 2016.

"Linsanity" is a better way to describe this comparison than it is to describe the guard's production on the court. Lin was perfectly fine for the Hornets last year, averaging 11.7 points a night to go along with three assists as Charlotte made the playoffs. But Reed, on the other hand, was basically just perfect for the Redskins last year, catching 87 passes and 11 scores as Washington made the playoffs.

The tight end did agree to a contract extension this offseason, but his cap hit doesn't really start climbing until 2018. So, until then, he'll take the field knowing that a decent backup ball handler will be hauling in a lot more dough than he will. One beneficiary of that result: Stores that sell hair gel in Brooklyn.

Allen Crabbe will cost the Blazers $18.5 million during the 2016/2017 season. Josh Norman and Ryan Kerrigan will cost the Redskins a combined $16.45 million in 2016.

Norman and Kerrigan are Pro Bowlers in their prime and line up at premium spots on a defense. Crabbe is a pretty tall dude who dropped 2.2 and 3.3 points a game in his first two campaigns before upping his scoring to 10.3 a game for Portland in this third season. This wouldn't make sense even if he was up to around 20 per.

Seriously, don't think about this one too long. There's not really a viable explanation. 


Jon Leuer will cost the Pistons $10.9 million during the 2016/2017 season. Trent Williams will cost the Redskins $10.6 million in 2016.

No, Leuer isn't the manager of a Bed Bath & Beyond. He's an actual NBA player, who in five years has career averages of 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per. He did score 8.5 points a contest for the garbage Suns in 2015/16, though, and apparently that was all the Pistons needed to see to ink him to a pricey four-year, $42 million deal. 

Williams is arguably the best left tackle in football, which is arguably the sport's second most crucial position, and his price tag for the upcoming schedule is $300,000 less than Leuer's is. That may be a legitimate crime.

Mindaugas Kuzminkskas will cost the Knicks $2.8 million during the 2016/2017 season. Junior Galette will cost the Redskins $1.1 million in 2016.

Believe it or not, that random collection of letters is in fact someone the Knicks have on their roster. That name belongs to a Lithuanian forward who wasn't taken in the 2011 Draft and has since been suiting up overseas. In other words, New York is paying more for someone with career NBA averages of zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists and a shooting percentage of zero than Washington will dole out for a pass rusher with 31.5 sacks as a pro.

The Knicks are funny. And so are NBA contracts. 

Timofey Mozgov will cost the Lakers $14.9 million during the 2016/2017 season. DeAngelo Hall, Chris Baker, Preston Smith, David Bruton and Niles Paul will cost the Redskins a combined $13.8 million in 2016. 



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Need to Know: Alex Smith will need to be a fast learner for the Redskins to be successful

Need to Know: Alex Smith will need to be a fast learner for the Redskins to be successful

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 24, two days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Smith will need support for the Redskins to be successful early

There are high expectations for new Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. He needs to replace Kirk Cousins, who was one of the league’s most productive passers over the past three years. Smith, of course, has been a solid performer himself. Since 2015, the first year that both were starters, Cousins has passed for more yards but primarily because he attempted 225 more passes. Their adjusted yards per attempt and passer ratings over that time are nearly identical. 

Smith will be expected to be at peak production right out of the box. With 151 starts in 12 NFL seasons, he knows what is expected of him as the leader of the offense. 

However, he may have another issue, one we’ve seen from him before. He was traded from the 49ers to the Chiefs following the 2012 season. Smith got off to a rocky start in Andy Reid’s offense. In the first seven games, Smith threw seven touchdowns and four interceptions, posting 6.1 adjusted yards per attempt and a passer rating of 79.2. 

After that, he got rolling. In the final nine games, he threw 16 TD’s and three interceptions and improved his adjusted yard per attempt to 7.5 and his passer rating to 98.7.

Will it take him that long to pick up the Redskins offense? 

It needs to be noted that the Chiefs went 7-0 during the Smith’s bad start. They were able to support him with a running game that went over 100 yards every week (121 per game average) and a defense that didn’t allow over 17 points in any game and let up single-digit point totals in three of them. 

Looking at the history of the last three years, the Redskins would have more trouble winning if their quarterback was struggling as much as Smith was in his early Chiefs days. In fact, during Cousins’ three years as the starter, the Redskins went 2-17 in games where he posted a passer rating of 90 or lower. 

In his five seasons with the Chiefs, the team went 17-17 when Smith posted a passer rating of lower than 90. While that may say something about the relative abilities of the two quarterbacks to scuffle to a win when things aren’t going as well as planned, it says much more about the teams surrounding Smith and Cousins. 

Unless the Redskins’ defense and running game improve significantly—and that’s certainly possible—they won’t be able to prosper in wins column if Smith needs an extended adjustment period to get comfortable in Jay Gruden’s offense. 

He has a chance of doing so, based on the 2017 performances of the pass defenses he and the Redskins face in the first half of the season. In terms of pass defense DVOA, the Redskins face only one that ranked in the top 10, the No. 5 Saints. Also above average were the Panthers (10th) and the Cardinals (11th). Five of the opponents were in the lower half including the Cowboys (18th), Falcons (19th), Giants (20th), Packers (26th), and Colts (32nd). 

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Sent out as the Caps were holding on to a fourth-quarter lead over Columbus.


Today’s schedule: Pre-draft press conference with Doug Williams at Redskins Park, noon.

Days until:

—Rookie minicamp (5/11) 17
—OTAs start (5/22) 28
—Training camp starts (7/26) 93

The Redskins last played a game 114 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 138 days. 

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O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

We are nearing the start of the NFL Draft, less than three days to be exact, and right now there are a ton of names circling around whom the Washington Redskins should take at No. 13.

You’ve probably read countless mock drafts at this point (if you haven’t or need another here is ours), and there’s one thing that is consistent: nothing.

So let's concern ourselves less of ‘who’ and exactly what each player will bring to the Redskins.

There are very few evaluators of talent better than the NFL Network’s Charles Davis, so he got to talk with J.P. Finlay and Mitch Tischler on the latest edition of the Redskins Talk podcast.


He broke down EVERYONE that Washington could be taking at No. 13 overall. If you don’t have time to listen (which we highly recommend that you do), here are some of the highlights:

“This could be a wild first night,” said Davis. “All of these different trade scenarios are out there right? My experience has been that most of that calms down as we get closer. There’s a lot of discussion and chatter about it, but we don’t usually have it.”


“At 13, when you’re really down to it, Mitch I think you had said to me even before we began ‘O-line, D-line man, let’s talk O-line, D-line,’ and I think that is the perfect place for this Washington team.”


“If Vita Vea from Washington somehow is sitting there at 13, and the idea that you could go up there and put him a line and get Jonathan Allen back from last year, I think that’d be a great place to go. This is a top-10, top-5 talent in this draft that possibly could still be around at 13.”

“When we’re talking about the people that are in our business, the talking heads that people kind of go to and kind of get held accountable for their mock drafts… you don’t really see Vea in any consistency in the top ten.”

“Eleven is kind of the breakpoint for him.”


“I like him. I don’t know that I like him quite that high.”


“I like Payne, better than Hurst, but again I don’t know about quite that high.”

“The medical, you can’t help it when you’re talking about a heart. You can’t help but be a little bit concerned. Now he has gotten clearance, that has come through, but we all know that each team is going to do it’s own research and got to decide how comfortable they are with that.”


“I doubt he is falling to 13, because if somehow he falls to eight to the Bears and if the Bears don’t run up to the podium and plug him in, I’d be stunned.”


“Normally when you have a combine and you have some things that you have some questions marks on, normally you have some balancers. Orlando Brown had zero balancers. Everything was historically bad.”


“Now Will Hernandez has had about as good a postseason as an offensive lineman can have.”

“This kid Hernandez has become a massive road grater, quicker than you would think, better pass protector and he did all of this on an 0-12 team last year. So he is another guy to keep an eye on, especially if as you said they are able to move back.”


“I’d be surprised at 13.”

“Get back to 19 and then I think Guice is in play at 19. If that indeed is the runner that they like. I think the running back renaissance is real.”


“I think this John Kelly kid from Tennessee is a really good runner. He had a little trouble off-field last year, missed a game because of all that, but this kid runs hard, plays hard, he’s not Alvin Kamara… but this kid is more of a pure running back than Kamara is, he’s just not a bulky guy.”


“They’re in a tough spot because of the number. We’ve got all of this stuff now.”

“That’s a tough one, because if I’m Dallas and I want to come up and get my guy [Calvin Ridley], I don’t need to come up as high as 13 anyway, if you really think about it.”


“He’s a really good player. The kid played guard, he played center. Price is a really good technician. 44 a possibility? Possibility. Before the injury he was going late-first, early second.”

This is only scratching the surface of what the expert talked about. Get the full experience and listen to the full podcast.