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New Jets built by collection of ex-Redskins


New Jets built by collection of ex-Redskins

On Sunday, the Jets dominated the Redskins en route to a 34-20 victory. New York was led by head coach Todd Bowles, a former Redskins player, and GM Mike Maccagnan, a former Redskins scout. Charley Casserly, former Redskins GM fired by owner Dan Snyder in 1999, led the search to get both Bowles and Maccagnan their jobs with the Jets.

Good for the Jets, certainly. Their team is off to a 4-1 start with a strong defense, good run game and a quarterback making good decisions. In a lot of ways, it's the formula the Redskins want to build under new GM Scot McCloughan.

What is most curious from the Jets success, however, is that it all has a very Burgundy and Gold tinge. Bowles played in Washington for more than five years, and earned a Super Bowl ring with the 'Skins in 1987. Maccagnan was a scout for the 'Skins from 1995-2000, and before that, interned for Washington right out of Trinity College. And Casserly obviously has significant ties to the Redskins, in just about every front office capacity including GM. 


During the last 24 months, the Redskins have hired a new head coach and a new GM, Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan, respectively. Gruden's record is not pretty as a head coach, currently 6-16, but he has dealt with a talent deficit since his arrival. The sample is even smaller for McCloughan, but in one offseason, the results look strong. 

But even taking Gruden and McCloughan's success or failures out of the equation, it's odd to see two former Redskins find success together in New York. To make matters worse, neither Bowles nor Maccagnan got any interest from current Redskins brass.

"The Redskins never interviewed these two ex-Redskins right now, and they’re doing a pretty good job with the Jets," Casserly said. Full video above. 

Casserly clearly knows a way to find talented individuals for coach and GM positions, and is obviously offering those services to teams throughout the NFL. The Jets took advantage. 

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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.