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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are unlikely to be back in 2017


Need to Know: Five Redskins who are unlikely to be back in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 3, 10 days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.


Today's schedule: Bye week

Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 10; Packers @ Redskins 17; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 21

Five Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2017

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 players who are unlikely to be back in 2017.

S Duke Ihenacho—He can play some but the coaches seem determined to give him only minimal playing time. The word is that he freelances too much. He will be an unrestricted free agent and he seems likely to head someplace that that will give him more of an opportunity to play. It would be surprising if the organization made much of an effort to bring him back.

S DeAngelo Hall—The veteran will have a year left on his contract at a salary of $4.25 million. But this makes three years in a row that he has lost a substantial chunk of the season to an injury. It’s hard to see the team bringing him back at age 33 under those circumstances. Even if he is willing to take a pay cut, it would be hard for the team to count on him at any price.

OL Kory Lichtensteiger—This is another player who has missed a lot of time with injuries in the past couple of years. It looks like the team is happy to have Spencer Long at center and the guard spots look set. There just doesn’t appear to be any need to have him back at a $3.25 million salary.

WR DeSean Jackson—You don’t have to dig too deep here. All you have to do is see Jackson’s reaction on the many occasions when he is open deep and doesn't get the ball. Unless the Redskins make him a financial offer he can’t refuse he’s probably going to look elsewhere. And Scot McCloughan is unlikely to be inclined to make a pre-emptive offer to a 30-year-old who has priorities other than OTAs in the spring.

WR Pierre Garçon—The popular theory is that McCloughan will make a run to keep at least one of his veteran wide receivers. But I think that Garçon will want to move along; like Jackson he sees to be frequently frustrated.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

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An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.


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