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Need to Know: Why haven't the Redskins released RG3?

Need to Know: Why haven't the Redskins released RG3?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 11, 13 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Why have the Redskins released RG3?

—There isn't any indication out of Redskins Park as to why Robert Griffin III remains on the Redskins' roster. I suppose they had to go through a process where after the season ended they went through and make sure that all of the principles were on board with the decision to let him got. But that process should take about as long as the Hall of Fame committee debate over enshrining Bret Favre—a matter of seconds, not days.

—I suppose that they could be holding out hope that some team will try to trade for Griffin. As I noted here a couple of weeks ago, Griffin would have to agree to a new contract for such a deal to happen and he has no reason to do that and plenty of reasons not to do anything to facilitate a trade. Griffin will want to explore his options and use whatever leverage he has to make the deal that’s best for him. A sign and trade scenario is the worst option possible for him. But apparently they are in a "never say never"

—One reason the Redskins are able to hang on to Griffin for now is that the $16 million in cap space he currently occupies isn’t doing the team any harm or preventing them from doing anything they want to regarding signing players. NFL teams do not need to be in compliance with the salary cap until the league year starts at 4 p.m. on March 9.

—And being on the Redskins roster really doesn’t damage Griffin to any appreciable extent. He’d probably like to get out there and talk to some teams and although he could sign somewhere if he was cut the CBA prohibits him from working out at the facility or even talking football with a coach. If he plays it smart he won’t jump at the first offer that comes along anyway. It would serve him well to slow play things and see how situations unfold in placed like Los Angeles (yes, I almost typed St. Louis) where Nick Foles may or may not be back, Denver, where an untested Brock Osweiler is likely to need a backup, Houston, and several other places with quarterback uncertainty before joining a new team.

—The bottom line is that the Redskins will release Griffin on their own timetable. They won’t do it at a particular time because fans want it to be done soon or because the members of the media (at least those who are married or otherwise attached) don’t want it to happen on Valentine’s Day. They will do it when it suits them best, no sooner and no later.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 32 days ago. It will be about 213 days until they play another one.

—About 168 days until centers and linebackers report to Richmond.

Days until: NFL Combine 13; NFL free agency starts 27; 2016 NFL draft 77

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 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.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 9
—NFL Draft (4/26) 65
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 201