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Need to Know: News, notes, and quotes from Redskins Park--Will Trent Williams play?

Need to Know: News, notes, and quotes from Redskins Park--Will Trent Williams play?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 10, two days before the Washington Redskins go to Arizona to play the Cardinals.

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Out—QB Robert Griffin III (ankle), S Ryan Clark (ankle), LB Brian Orakpo (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring), LB Perry Riley (knee)

Limited—OT Trent Williams (knee), TE Jordan Reed (hamstring)

Outlook—Riley seems to be in the most danger of missing the game; he was not looking very spy as he went through some agility drills. Clark and Orakpo are likely to find a way to get themselves out there. Porter is probably out and it seems likely that Reed will play for the first time since the season opener.

News you need to know

—It is looking more and more likely that rookie quarterback Logan Thomas will start for the Cardinals. Starter Carson Palmer (shoulder) and backup Drew Stanton (concussion) were both limited in practice today.

—Robert Griffin III participated in the early part of practice on Thursday and looked good, although there still is no timetable for his return, according to Jay Gruden. (see some quick video of him moving around here)

—It looks like Will Compton will start at Jack linebacker if Perry Riley is sidelined due to injury.

—Akeem Davis, released from the 53-man roster earlier this week, was signed to the practice squad.

Notable quotes

—Gruden on preparing for three different quarterbacks: ““It really doesn’t matter. It is not like one of them is – you’re not comparing Michael Vick or Robert Griffin III to Aaron Rodgers. They are all similar-type quarterbacks and they are going to run a similar-type game plan. So I think we are preparing for the offense that we see on tape, whoever the quarterback is.”

—Gruden said that you have to be careful of having your defense try too hard to get takeaways: “Yeah, you can’t force the issue. That’s something you can’t do. All you can do is preach pursuit, hustle and effort and that’s what we’ve got to do. Just continue to fly to the ball and the turnovers will come.”


Today’s schedule: Practice 11:10; Open locker room and Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 12:45)

Days until: Redskins @ Cardinals 2; Titans @ Redskins 6; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 17

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Akeem Davis back for his second stint on the #Redskins practice squad. Something tells me he’ll end up back on the 53 before end of the year

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) October 9, 2014
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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)

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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


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. 


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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