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Need To Know: The Redskins week that was—A leadership void?

Need To Know: The Redskins week that was—A leadership void?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 12, 47 days before the NFL Draft.

The Redskins week that was

Redskins were coming and going this week as NFL free agency got underway. Here’s a look at some of our most popular articles of the week.

At long last, Redskins release Robert Griffin III—This wasn’t really news except perhaps to the few fervent fans who thought that by some miracle the Redskins would figure out a way to keep Griffin or possibly trade him. It ended a chapter in Redskins history that we won’t really know the full implications of for years.

Examining ripple effects from Monday's Redskins roster moves—Besides Griffin a few other Redskins departed on Monday as the Redskins cleared some cap space and set the table to get younger. There is a leadership void left by the departures of Terrance Knighton, Dashon Goldson, and Jason Hatcher. But if a team is going to get younger that is something it they will have to deal with. Players like Ricky Jean Francois and Ryan Kerrigan will have to step into the void.

After Monday's roster moves, how much cap space do the Redskins have?—The answer is not a whole lot, considering that they were over the cap after applying the franchise tag to Kirk Cousins. But they have enough to retain the players they want to keep, sign some help from the outside, and have some cushion to go into the season with.

Tom Compton's departure further depletes Redskins' 2012 draft class—I wouldn’t call the Redskins 2012 draft class depleted, I’d call it disappeared. That draft class should be forming the core of the team but only one player, Cousins, is left from it. Looking at the previous item, being tight on cap space and having poor drafts are related; draft picks should provide inexpensive, quality players.

Redskins who are still on the bubble—We’re just a few days into the league year so just because some veteran players survived the initial wave of cuts that doesn’t mean that they are not endangered. Here are some players who may still be on the chopping block due to age, cap number, and/or injury.

Osweiler contract may make a Cousins deal harder to make—It appears that the four-year, $72 million contract that quarterback Brock Osweiler got from the Texans may complicate the Redskins’ efforts to get Kirk Cousins locked up with a long-term contract. The details are in the post but suffice it to say that the most likely scenario now may be to have Cousins play out 2016 on the franchise tag.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 62 days ago. It will be about 183 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 37; 2016 NFL draft 47; Redskins training camp starts 138

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Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency to find a team that will give him plenty of snaps, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Galette's contract will expire once the 2017 regular season ends, and while the 29-year-old pass rush specialist appreciates the Redskins organization and fans, he wants to play. 

After suffering season-ending Achilles injuries in 2015 and 2016, Galette has stayed healthy throughout the 2017 season. 

Still, he hasn't been on the field much.

Ryan Kerrigan leads the Redskins with 358 snaps in pass rush situations, and Preston Smith ranks second with 297, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Galette has played only 197 snaps this season in pass rush situations. 

For comparison, rookie Jonathan Allen logged 112 snaps in pass rush situations. Allen played in just five games before heading to the injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury. Galette has played in all 13 Redskins games this year, and hasn't appeared on the injury report once. 

Compounding the issue, Galette has been effective when on the field. 

Pro Football Focus rated him the third best defender on the Redskins this season, behind only Kerrigan and cornerback Kendall Fuller. 

As Rich Tandler noted, there will be a market for Galette. All NFL teams need pass rushers, and it appears Galette still has plenty left after his two-year layoff. Remember, in 2013 and 2014 Galette had 22 sacks for the New Orleans Saints.  This season, he has two sacks. 

The Redskins deserve credit for sticking with Galette after two lost seasons, though Galette deserves credit too for working back from not one but two Achilles injuries. 

Washington's coaches and front office speak highly of Galette, and there haven't been off field issues. For whatever reason, the playing time just hasn't been there. 

Looks like that will change next year. 

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

Of course this was going to happen. 

The moment it became known that Robert Griffin III was going to be on ESPN's shows for a few appearances this week, you knew he was going to be asked about Kirk Cousins at some point.

And, surely enough, come Wednesday afternoon, the stars aligned and the question was asked on NFL Live: Where, in Griffin's opinion, was the best place for Cousins to land this offseason?

"I think it depends on what he's trying to do," Griffin began.

"If he's trying to make the most money, he goes to Cleveland," he said. "If he's trying to be in the best situation, he goes to one of these teams that have a great defense that isn't gonna put it all on his shoulders."

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Don't worry, he doesn't stop there. In fact, he saved the good stuff for the latter half of his answer.

"He's had it all on his shoulders in Washington, and we've seen the result," Cousins' draft classmate continued. "But if he's got a great defense like, say, Denver, say, Jacksonville, it makes it easier for him as a quarterback. Whereas in Cleveland, he's gonna have to go in and he's gonna have to do more of the workload."

So, the Browns, Broncos and Jaguars are among the teams Griffin considers options for Cousins. But, uh, what about the one he's on right now?

"I don't think it's Washington, just because of, you've seen what's been going on," he said. "Do they want him there? Does he want to be there?"

This isn't to say that the former rookie of the year doesn't bring up valid points; Cousins has had to play with below-average defenses for much of his career in D.C. and the franchise hasn't exactly shown a ton of admiration for him.

But nevertheless, it was interesting to see Griffin declare wish such confidence that his old backup needs to bolt from the Redskins and head elsewhere.

And thus concludes another chapter of the Griffin-Cousins-Redskins saga. You can leave your comments about how you don't care about it below, even though you made the choice to click on the story in the first place.