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Need to Know: Five free agents the Redskins need to re-sign


Need to Know: Five free agents the Redskins need to re-sign

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 4, 9 days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.


Today's schedule: Bye week

Days until: Packers @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 20; Redskins @ Cardinals 30

Five pending free agents the Redskins need to re-sign

During the bye week I’ll spend some time looking ahead at the 2017 offseason and what might happen then. Today, I look at some current players who are pending free agents who the Redskins need to re-sign.

QB Kirk Cousins—Yes there are pros and cons to bringing back Cousins and a lot may depend on what transpires over the course of the final eight games. But its hard to imagine the Redskins being able to come up with a quarterback who gives them as good a chance of winning as does Cousins. They either need to open up the checkbook for a long-term deal or go with a second franchise tag at $24 million for the year.

DE Chris Baker—I debated whether or not bringing back Baker is a must. He is the team's best defensive lineman but that's not saying a whole lot on this team. It's a unit that needs to be rebuilt. Do you retain Baker, who will turn 30 yearly next season? Or do you find younger alternatives in the draft? I don't think he'll cost a lot of money in the grand scheme of things and so he's probably worth keeping around until the organization shows that it is capable of drafting productive defensive linemen.

DL Ziggy Hood—He has played 65 percent of the defensive snaps this year and has done a good but not great job. Let me be clear, he should not be brought back next year to have such a heavy workload. If he comes back at something around the veteran minimum and plays about 30 percent of the snaps he could be a very good asset.

TE Vernon Davis—Even if he loses a step between his age 32 and 33 seasons he could still be a valuable asset to the offense. He’s the sort of freakish athlete who still has great athleticism at an advancing age and what he has lost to age he makes up for with added football IQ.

OLB Junior Galette—He’ll be 29 and two and a half years and two torn Achilles tendons removed from his last NFL action. If he was a guard or another dime a dozen position I’d say move on. But pass rush is a rare commodity and you can’t have enough of it. Bring him back on a contract similar to the  incentive-heavy deal he signed this year. If they sign him the need to proceed with the rest of free agency and the draft as though he’s not there. If he makes it to the season he will be a bonus.

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

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