Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 15, 12 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 195 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 57 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 2
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 26
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 49
The Redskins week that was
Here’s a look at some of the most popular and important posts of the week.
Cousins would forgive issues with Redskins if given fair deal—In other words, money talks. Perhaps Cousins is sincere in saying that he doesn’t make his life all about money. Saying that does not mean he must accept any offer the Redskins put in front of him. We should find out just how much it is about the money by late Monday afternoon.
Looking ahead—The Redskins' core offensive players in 2020—I started out taking a look at the Redskins five years down the road but in the NFL, that’s just too long. They have a core of a pretty good offense if they can keep a few players under contract including, of course, the quarterback, or draft comparable replacements. I looked at what the defense might look like in 2020 right here.
Two one-year signings for Redskins who could shine—The Redskins desperately needed to find a receiver to replace two departed free agents so they landed Terrelle Pryor early in free agency. Later, they saw an opportunity to upgrade at inside linebacker and got Zach Brown. Both players are in their late 20’s and looking for a chance at a big, multiyear deal. If motivation means anything, both will be ready to play.
How good can Rob Kelley be if he starts 16 games?—I got a little pushback on the idea that Kelley could be as good a runner as David Johnson if he can start all 16 games. But I took pains to note that the comparison was only on running plays. Johnson has ability as a pass catcher that adds greatly to his value. At this point, Kelley doesn’t have that ability. In any case, it will be fun to see how Kelley produces this year.
Redskins' 2018 cap room not as ample as it first looks—The Redskins can afford to keep Kirk Cousins next year and get some more of their own free agents back in the fold. But there won’t be room for much more. Of course, if they are in search of a quarterback they could either have a lot of space (if they go in the draft or with what they have) or it could be limited (if they try to sign a veteran free agent).
Tandler on Twitter
McCloughan wanted Cousins long term at around $12M per year. Once price got past $20M per year in 2016, McCloughan was uncomfortable.— Jason Cole (@JasonCole62) July 14, 2017
Translation: McCloughan thought of Cousins as a $20 million/year QB at most. Jibes with some other things I’ve heard. https://t.co/BX8hQmPKs4— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 14, 2017
In case you missed it
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- Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 31-40
- Redskins have plenty of 2018 cap room for possible Kirk Cousins offer
- Redskins Playbook: 2 possible paths to Kirk Cousins long-term deal
- 11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense