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Need to Know: Kerrigan first Redskins first rounder extended since Chris Samuels

Need to Know: Kerrigan first Redskins first rounder extended since Chris Samuels

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 30, the day the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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As I noted in a post yesterday, prior to reaching a contract extension agreement with Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins have been able to re-sign only two of the 11 first-round picks they have had since 1997 whose contracts had expired. Here is a look at what happened to them.

DE Kennard Lang, 1997—Signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2002. He played with the Browns for four seasons before finishing up his career with Denver in 2006.

CB Champ Bailey, 1999—Played out his rookie contract and was given the franchise tag by the Redskins in 2004. But they ended up trading him and a second-round pick to the Broncos for RB Clinton Portis. Yeah, I know, why the second? Simply put, the Redskins offered it and the Broncos took it. Bailey is a likely first ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

OT Chris Samuels, 2000—Re-signed with the Redskins and ended up playing 10 seasons until spinal stenosis ended his career.

LB LaVar Arrington, 2000—Also re-signed with Washington, although there was a disagreement over some money that Arrington’s camp thought would be in the final deal that wasn’t. Things did not end well as he repaid some of his guaranteed money to be let out of his deal in 2006.

WR Rod Gardener, 2001—The Redskins traded him to the Panthers for a late-round draft pick following the 2005 season.

QB Patrick Ramsey, 2002—He was traded to the Jets for a sixth-round pick in 2006.

S Sean Taylor, 2004—We all know the sad story here, cut down by a home intruder after just three and a half years in the NFL.

QB Jason Campbell, 2005—Mike Shanahan couldn’t wait to get rid of him when he came in as coach in 2010 and he shipped Campbell to the Raiders for a 2012 fourth-round pick.

CB Carlos Rogers, 2005—After his rookie contract was up in 2010, a loophole in the CBA rules allowed the Redskins to keep him for a year as a restricted free agent. He signed with the 49ers in 2011.

S LaRon Landry, 2007—He signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2012. A dispute over how to treat an injury poisoned any chance of a long-term deal.

OLB Brian Orakpo, 2009—The Redskins tagged him in 2014. After another injury-plagued season, he siged with the Titans as a free agent.

Status of recent first rounders: Trent Williams (2010) is signed through this season, Robert Griffin III (2012) also is signed through 2015 and the team has an option for 2016 for about $16 million. Brandon Scherff (2015) signed a four-year contract earlier this year.

To add up the trail of frustration for the first-round Redskins, there were 10 players who have had expiring contracts. Two re-signed, Samuels and Arrington although only Samuels stayed with the team to finish his career. Two were franchised, Orakpo and Bailey although Bailey was traded shortly after being tagged. In addition to Bailey, three were traded. And three left as free agents.

Today's schedule

—Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

Timeline

—It’s been 214 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 45 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 15; final cuts 38

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An ankle injury has ended Terrelle Pryor's first, and probably last, season with the Redskins

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An ankle injury has ended Terrelle Pryor's first, and probably last, season with the Redskins

As high hopes for the Redskins season seem to be slowly slipping away, the high hopes for wide receiver Terrell Pryor can now officially end.

Jay Gruden announced Monday that Pryor will undergo ankle surgery and be placed on the injured reserve. That means Pryor will not be eligible to play for at least eight games, and considering it’s already late November, that closes the book on Pryor’s 2017 season.

When Pryor signed with Washington this offseason, fans grew quite excited. The 6-foot-5, 240 lbs. wideout went for more than 1,000 receiving yards last year on a terrible Browns team, and most expected that production to increase playing with Kirk Cousins.

It never happened.

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In nine games for Washington, Pryor grabbed only 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown. What made matters worse for the former quarterback-turned-receiver, Pryor displayed subpar hands, and drops plagued him throughout the season. He was targeted 37 times, and barely caught more than 50 percent of those passes.

As things deteriorated for Pryor, he maintained a respectful professionalism. Eventually his ineffective play led him to the bench and reduced snaps, and in his final game of the season against the Vikings, Pryor did not even land a target.

Signed to a one-year deal, Pryor rolled the dice on a season in Washington to boost his free agent profile in 2018. It didn’t work, and now after surgery, it seems unlikely either the player or the organization would pursue a second contract.

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After awful collapse, NFL apology on bad call little more than hollow gesture for Kirk Cousins, Redskins

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After awful collapse, NFL apology on bad call little more than hollow gesture for Kirk Cousins, Redskins

NEW ORLEANS — Collectively, the Redskins squandered a great road win on Sunday.

The team coughed up a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, and allowed Drew Brees and the Saints to pull off an incredible, unbelievable comeback win. 

The Redskins deserve the blame. The players and coaches. But they're not alone. 

The referees made a terrible intentional grounding call late in the fourth quarter that cost the Redskins precious time and real estate.

Kirk Cousins very obviously threw the ball away to stop the clock, and the quarterback was very obviously not under duress from the Saints pass rush.

In no fashion was the throw grounds for a flag.

None. 

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Yet, the refs penalized Cousins and the Redskins. As much as replay bogs down the sport, Jay Gruden had no recourse, the flag could not be challenged, and the 'Skins were thrust out of field goal position.

Late Sunday night, a report showed that NFL officials contacted Redskins team president Bruce Allen to say the call was wrong. Whoop de do. That means nothing, and Cousins knows it. 

"Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.," Cousins said Monday speaking on 106.7 the Fan

And he's right.

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"This is our careers, this is our livelihood," Cousins said. "It is frustrating when a letter is really all you get when it has such a major impact on the direction of our lives."

Cousins' future, Gruden's future, countless other players and coaches, they don't get to hang a sign that says, "The NFL blew a call."

For the third straight offseason, Cousins will be without a contract, and a long-term deal remains anything but certain. This loss, and that call, could impact those contract talks. 

This loss, and that call, could impact coaching changes or draft strategy too. By dropping to 4-6, the Redskins seem unlikely to push for a playoff spot now. Might the organization think differently of their franchise QB if the team fails to make the playoffs for consecutive seasons? Sure, that could definitely happen. Should it happen? Probably not. Could it happen? It could. 

Don't misunderstand: The Redskins blew a 15-point lead in three minutes. That's abysmal. That's absurd. One penalty flag didn't change that. 

But it was a huge penalty, and it was a terrible call. 

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Cousins played nearly flawless in New Orleans, connecting for three touchdowns and more than 300 yards. His most important pass, however, was one that was harmlessly into the ground, with no intended receiver. 

"I'm thinking, well [Jamison] Crowder and [Josh] Doctson are over there. If I literally throw it over their heads, they're in the area, they're eligible receivers. Not to mention, if I'm not under pressure, it's not intentional grounding," Cousins said. 

It's not intentional grounding. Cousins knows it. The NFL knows it. But it doesn't matter now. 

"The difference between a team that’s patting everybody on the back at the end of the season and a team that everybody gets fired, the difference can be a few plays, it can be a call by a referee," Cousins said. "It's a very fragile thing."

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