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Need to Know: Will Redskins fans be patient enough for rebuilding with the draft?


Need to Know: Will Redskins fans be patient enough for rebuilding with the draft?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 8, 61 days before NFL free agency starts

Three and out—Will Redskins fans be patient?

1. Scot McCloughan is a believer in the draft. He cut his teeth in the Packers organization where the philosophy was, and still is, to build through the draft. As GM of the 49ers McCloughan did not add free agents until he had build a solid base through the draft.

2. I think that such a philosophy in theory would do well if you took a poll of Redskins fans. But building through the draft takes time. McCloughan was GM of the 49ers from 2005-2010. He drafted well during that time. But the team’s records were 4-12, 7-9, 5-11, 7-9, 8-8, and 6-10. It wasn’t until after he left and Jim Harbaugh came aboard as the head coach did things gel in San Francisco.

3. To be sure, it doesn’t have to take that long. But McCloughan has said that he had his share of misses in the draft in both Seattle and San Francisco. The team is starting from a rather thin talent base. Will Redskins fans accept five years with no winning seasons and three of those with double-digit losses?

Out: Again, perhaps the Redskins can get lucky. A big key will be the quarterback. The Niners struggled with Alex Smith behind center. If Robert Griffin III can adapt to passing from the pocket or if Kirk Cousins can solve the interception problems, perhaps they can get a jump-start. But it’s not at all hard to imagine a slew of #FireScot hashtags populating Twitter if the team is again out of playoff contention again next November. Some will look at there being more homegrown talent on the team and accept it as part of the process. Others will look at the bottom line and ask very loudly what went wrong with the “savior”.


—It’s been 11 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 247 days until they play another one

Days until: NFL free agency starts 61; 2015 NFL Draft 112

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.