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Need to Know: The top five offenses the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five offenses the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 5, 22 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 185 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 67 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 12
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 36
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 59

The top five offenses the Redskins will face in 2017

I’ve looked at the top individual skill players on offense (top five wide receivers, running backs, quarterbacks). Now let’s look at the sum of the parts, the top five offenses the Redskins will play this year as ranked by their 2016 DVOA.

Cowboys, 20.4% DVOA in 2016, ranked 3rd–I know that we all got tired of hearing about Zeke and Dak but they got the job done week in and week out. They did lose a couple of starting offensive lineman this offseason so perhaps they will take a step back this year but the running back, quarterback, and wide receiver Dez Bryant will be able to move the ball.

Saints, 15.9%, 6th–They are trying to be more than just the Drew Brees show as they added Adrian Peterson to 1,000-yard rusher Mark Ingram. We will see how much Peterson has left in the tank at age 32 after a season lost to injury in Minnesota.

Raiders, 12.2%, 7th–QB Derek Carr already has been handsomely paid for his part in this productivity as was G Gabe Jackson. WR Amari Cooper is eligible for an extension in 2018 and you have to think he’ll be looking for it. 

Chiefs, 3.8%, 13th–This is just slightly better than an average offense and they have subtracted Jeremy Maclin. Andy Reid will be looking to get the ball into the hands of Tyreek Hill, who was sensational as a returner as a rookie last year but he had just a limited role on offense.

Seahawks, -2.7%, 17th– QB Russell Wilson had a rough year thanks in large part to perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFC. They ranked 25th in rushing yards; leading rusher Christine Michael didn’t even crack 500. They were so impressed that they cut him in November.

Best of the rest: Since the Seahawks are a below-average offense it follows that nobody else the Redskins play was very effective moving the ball last year. Looking at the rest of the division, the Eagles were 20th (-4.2%) and the Giants were 22nd (-6.4%). The team to watch out for in terms of significant improvement may be the Cardinals, who have too much talent with RB David Johnson and ageless WR Larry Fitzgerald to be underwater in DVOA.

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

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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

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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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