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Need to Know: The five best performances by a Redskin in the Super Bowl


Need to Know: The five best performances by a Redskin in the Super Bowl

Here is what you need to know on this Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 95 days before the NFL Draft.

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Yes, there were days when the Redskins played in Super Bowls. Here are the team’s five best individual performances in the big game.

1. John Riggins XVII—He just pounded the Dolphins into submission with 38 carries for 166 yards. The yardage record has been broken but no running back has dominated a Super Bowl like Riggins. His 43-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter is one of the most underrated big plays in Super Bowl history.

2. Doug Williams XXII—Going into the second quarter Williams was four for 10 for 78 yards. It wasn’t even certain that he would come out for the first snap of the second quarter after he with following a knee injury. But he came in, launched an 80-yard TD bomb to Ricky Sanders on his first snap of the second quarter and the rest is NFL history. He was 9 of 11 for 228 yards and four touchdowns.

3. Ricky Sanders XXII—Art Monk played but his game was seriously hampered by a knee injury. That left The Posse down to two members and it was Sanders who stepped up. As noted above, he and Williams opened the floodgates with their 80-yard TD connection on the Redskins’ first snap of the second quarter. The play was supposed to be a seven-yard hitch but Sanders recognized press coverage from cornerback Mark Haynes and just blew by him. He also hauled in a 50-yard TD from Williams later in The Quarter. On the day, seven receptions for 166 yards for Sanders.

4. Joe Jacoby XVII—I pitched his Hall of Fame worthiness yesterday and this game is one of the big reasons why. The left tackle slammed into defensive end Kim Bokamper time after time as the Redskins literally ground the Dolphins into submission. The other Hogs who started that day—LG Russ Grimm, C Jeff Bostic, RG Fred Dean, and RT George Starke—get strong honorable mentions here.

5. Brad Edwards XXVI—The defense needs to be represented here somewhere and Edwards’ performance against the Bills. He picked off Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly twice and knocked down five passes. Andre Reed, named to the Hall of Fame yesterday, caught just five passes for 34 yards. That wasn’t all Edwards but he was a big part of it as his big hits gave Bills receivers a severe case of alligator arms.

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—Born on this day: Redskins OL Josh LeRibeus (1989) and former Redskins DE Dexter Manley (1958).

—It’s been 35 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 217 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Combine 17; NFL Free agency starts 37; Offseason workouts start 64; NFL Draft 95

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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.


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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 18, 39 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at next year’s free agents

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens.

Note: I’m not including Brandon Scherff here because the team has a fifth-year option on him that they surely will activate before the May 2 deadline.

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard).

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility.

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon.

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup.

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight.

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019.

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.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 29
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 131
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 175

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