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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—No surprise as Cousins, RG3 dominate news

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—No surprise as Cousins, RG3 dominate news

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 5, four days before the start of NFL free agency.

The Redskins week that was—No surprise as Cousins, RG3 dominate news

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Five Redskins who need to step up in 2016—Running back Matt Jones heads this list of players who have big opportunities in front of them this year and need to get it done on the field to take advantage of it. My bet is that two of these players go into 2017 as solid starters, two aren’t on the roster a year from now and another will have to compete to make the team. I don't know which player is in which category but that's the way the NFL usually works.

Momentum builds surrounding RG3 joining Cowboys—Sorry, folks, I continue to not believe it. Eventually, even in a circus like the one that has Jerruh as its ringmaster, football sense has to be the top consideration. And if Tony Romo gets injured again Griffin just isn’t the right person to come in and move the offense; their timing routes are not what he does well. Add in the fact that Jones recently said that he expects Romo to be the QB there for another four or five years and you have a situation where Griffin is looking elsewhere for employment. There is no way he wants to wait that long for a shot at starting.

What happens after the Redskins tag Kirk Cousins?—We’ve already seen one part of the post-tag process; after getting franchised on Tuesday Cousins signed it on Wednesday. The most likely next step in the process is—nothing. There is no reason for either side to do much now. They will watch with interest as the market for quarterbacks such as Brock Osweiler and, if he is released, Colin Kaepernick develop. There might be a small push to get a deal done just before the draft but serious talks are unlikely to crank up until the days just before the July 15 deadline.

In what round will the Redskins draft a quarterback?—With Cousins on a one-year deal and currently the only quarterback on the roster the Redskins need to reset at the position. Whether Colt McCoy returns or not they still need a young quarterback to get into the system. It will be interesting to see how high a priority Scot McCloughan puts on getting one.

Is Junior Galette pricing himself too high?—This is pretty simple, really. Galette wants a one-year deal that will let him get back on the free agent market next year. The Redskins want to sign him for a few years in a deal that is loaded with incentives including per-game roster bonuses. Galette’s agent was encouraging his client to go with the Redskins’ offer. Galette fired his agent and is going to find one who will push for the one-year deal. It doesn’t look promising for his future with the Redskins right now but we will see.


—On this date in 1993 Joe Gibbs stunned Redskins fans by announcing his retirement.

—The Redskins last played a game 55 days ago. It will be about 190 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 4; Redskins offseason workouts start 44; 2016 NFL draft 54

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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.

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Regarding the reported visit of defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins with the Redskins:


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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Scandrick, Hankins both visiting with Redskins soon


Scandrick, Hankins both visiting with Redskins soon

The Redskins will be taking visits from two former NFC East foes in the next few days.

Former Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will visit Redskins Park on Monday. Scandrick, 31, has been with Dallas since them made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. He has eight career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

The Cowboys released Scandrick on Friday in a salary cap move. The Redskins would be attracted to Scandrick’s versatility. He can play either side at corner and, of particular interest to the Redskins, in the slot. That is a position of concern for Washington since they traded Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs as part of the deal for quarterback Alex Smith.

The Redskins have been trying to get former Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to sign for the past several days, but they can’t come together on money. Scandrick could be a fallback if they need one.

The other visitor will be former Giants defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins, per John Keim of ESPN. Hankins, 25, was a second-round draft pick and played his first four years in New York. Last year he moved on to the Colts as a free agent. They are changing their defense and decided to release Hankins after paying him $10 million last year.

Hankins could bolster a defensive line that still needs young talent. It’s not known if he would be considered a nose tackle in the Redskins’ scheme. The Giants ran a 4-3 defense and in the Colts’ 3-4 he was used as an end.

The Redskins had former Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in for a visit earlier this week, but he decided to sign with the Packers.


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.