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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. 49ers

Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. 49ers

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 19, four days before the Washington Redskins travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers.

First look at Redskins vs. 49ers

—Colin Kaepernick has his shaky moments but you could do much worse than him at quarterback. He has completed 61 percent of his passes for 7.4 yards per attempt with 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Those aren't great numbers but they are respectable. The weakness he shares with Robert Griffin III is taking sacks. Kaepernick has taken 32 sacks in 10 games and he certainly has a stronger O-line working in front of him than Griffin does.

—One of the reasons that Kaepernick is an effective passer is the presence of Anquan Boldin, the 34-year-old wonder at wide receiver. He’s on pace to catch 90 passes for 1,100 yards. He plays much bigger than his listed 6-1 height with a tremendous catch radius. Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson will have their hands full with Boldin, Michael Crabtree, and Stevie Johnson.

—Although the Redskins can’t sleep on him, tight end Vernon Davis has not had a very good year. He has missed a couple of games but still, in eight games, 18 catches for 176 yards is not very good production. That’s about half of the output of Redskins running back Roy Helu has (32-366). Different positions, yes, but the point is you don’t see teams making sure they know where Helu is at all times. Perhaps the Redskins don’t need to fret Davis all that much (cue everyone saying that Davis will have a huge bounce back game on Sunday).

—If you were to guess which team has more sacks on the season, I’d bet you’d say San Francisco without thinking about it. But you’d be wrong. The Niners have just 17 on the year while Washington has 25. However, San Francisco didn’t have Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the season. He returned from his suspension last week and he got a QB hit and six hurries. When the teams met last year Smith sacked Griffin twice and was in his face all night long. Morgan Moses, who is likely to start at left tackle with Trent Williams probably out, had better pack a lunch.

—Although they don’t get man sacks, the 49ers do lead the league in interceptions with 16. Cornerback Perrish Cox leads the team with four, which is one more than the Redskins have as a team this year. Safety Antoine Bethea has three.


Today’s schedule: Robert Griffin III news conference 11:30; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice (approx. 3:00)

Days until: Redskins @ 49ers 4; Redskins @ Colts 11; Rams @ Redskins 18

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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