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Need to Know: Redskins Stock up/Stock down vs. Bucs


Need to Know: Redskins Stock up/Stock down vs. Bucs

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 1, two days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.


Today's schedule: Off day, no availability

—The Redskins last played a game that counted 233 days ago. It will be 11 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 17; Browns @ Redskins 31; Redskins @ Ravens 38

Stock up/stock down vs. the Bucs

Up—If Mack Brown had stopped after his 60-yard touchdown list he would have been up but he didn’t quit there. I still don’t think he will make the 53 but it’s hard to say he doesn’t deserve to.

DownLogan Paulsen is on the bubble and he won’t work himself onto the good side of it with his performance against the Bucs. His three first-half drops kept Nate Sudfeld from getting untracked.

UpRobert Kelley saw some action and rushed for 99 yards on 16 carries. He was a lock before the game but he could be earning some running back by committee carries.

Down—All Matt Ioannidis had to do to lock up a roster spot was show up this summer. He didn’t and it was capped off tonight with another invisible performance. He’s very much on the bubble.

UpCullen Jenkins may have been a roster lock after Stephen Paea was cut but he solidified his spot with a sack and some lively play on the line.

DownNate Sudfeld did suffer from some drops but he didn’t make many good throws. The Redskins wanted to run the ball but it’s hard to play for four quarters in the NFL and pass for only 72 yards. He didn’t turn the ball over but that was about it on the plus side.

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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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