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OPEN THREAD: Hidden in cuts, strong signs for McCloughan


OPEN THREAD: Hidden in cuts, strong signs for McCloughan

Knowing when to cut losses ranks as a key tenet to successful investing. When a stock goes south, don't wait for the rebound, sell at a price that precludes a total loss. This theory is not revelatory, rather, it's fairly basic. Only it hasn't been practiced at Redskins Park as often as it should be looking back through the last two decades.

Certainly acquiring football talent is different than picking stocks, but the premise holds true, and for too long the Redskins would keep players around beyond their capacity to deliver strong results. Previous regimes - Allen, Shanahan, Cerrato, even sainted Joe Gibbs - had the habit of holding onto draft picks when it seemed obvious the team would be better off moving on.


So where's the good news on a team that plans to keep Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III? In just his first season, it appears new GM Scot McCloughan will not fall into that same rut as previous GMs as he severed ties with 6th round pick Evan Spencer.

Granted, injury played part of Spencer's demise with Washington, but it also became obvious that Rashad Ross deserved a roster spot. McCloughan didn't draft Ross, and many times a GM, especially a new one, will feel the need to validate a draft pick rather than look to somebody with previous team experience.

Only McCloughan didn't do that. He kept Ross, likely, because Ross is the better player right now, and gives the Redskins a better chance to win. It's quite possible Spencer ends up back with Washington - after his injury settlement and perhaps a practice squad stint - but the important lesson here shows McCloughan's willingness to move on.

There hasn't been a lot of good news from Redskins Park in the last few weeks, and it's not considerate to celebrate a roster cut. In the macro view though, McCloughan's move bodes well for the Redskins future, and that's well beyond just the fates of Ross and Spencer.

Disagree? Let us know in the comments.

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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.