Last week what many suspected became official: the Redskins could not agree to terms for a multi-year contract with Kirk Cousins. While no long-term deal was reached, Cousins will play this fall on a one-year, $20 million deal as the 'Skins starter.
With that as the backdrop, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk wrote that Washington will attempt to find a younger, cheaper version of Cousins over the coming years, rather than provide the Michigan State passer with the kind of nine-figure mega deal some analysts expected.
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And then - with all of this quarterback news swirling - the Redskins bring Jimmy Clausen to Ashburn for a tryout.
In a scattered 14 starts during a five-year NFL career, Clausen has completed 54 percent of his passes and thrown twice as many interceptions (14) than touchdowns (seven). His tryout with the Redskins makes little sense, outside of the team wanting to be prepared should they need passing depth for training camp.
Rick "Doc" Walker, speaking on ESPN980 on Monday, called the Clausen tryout little more than "due diligence." Walker explained that should Cousins sustain a prolonged injury, Colt McCoy is a capable backup, but after that, could the Redskins really trust 6th round rookie Nate Sudfeld as backup for a month or more. If the team feels they can't, perhaps in that situation GM Scot McCloughan might want a player like Clausen to back up McCoy while Sudfeld continues to learn on the sidelines.
While Clausen would undoubtedly be cheaper, in no way is he the type of developmental prospect Florio mentioned the Skins would like to find to replace Cousins. Maybe Sudfeld is, but that will take some time to determine.
Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.
The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.
Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.
In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.
This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.
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With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.
If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback. A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.
Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback. He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.
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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.
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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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