On Thursday the Cowboys signed undrafted rookie tackle La'el Collins out of LSU. They got the talented lineman at a bargain rate, and some are wondering if the Redskins should have tried for Collins. Obviously the backstory with Collins is important - he was questioned but never a suspect in the murder of his former girlfriend and her infant child - but by all accounts he has been cleared of any wrongdoing. And now Dallas got a first round talent at a very discounted price (3 years, $1.65 million fully guaranteed).
The question for Redskins fans is if GM Scot McCloughan should have made a run for Collins.
Throughout the offseason McCloughan's charge for the 'Skins was to get bigger, tougher, stronger. Collins goes 6'4", 305 lbs, and was named the best offensive lineman in the SEC last season. He's big and tough. Offensive line is clearly an area of need for Washington, as McCloughan spent the No. 5 overall pick on Brandon Scherff to help, but the 'Skins could definitely use more up front.
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If Collins had never been questioned in the murders of his former girlfriend, he likely would have been a first round pick. In fact, pre-draft speculation had the Redskins looking to move down, perhaps for a chance at a player like Collins later in the first round. Considering all of this, maybe McCloughan should have offered an undrafted deal? In remarks Thursday, Collins said that Dallas was the only place he wanted to be. True or not, maybe McCloughan inquired with the former LSU product, and was rebuffed.
Collins may not start right away in Dallas, but only because the Cowboys already have one of the best offensive lines in football. He likely would have made an immediate impact in Washington. Should McCloughan have made a push for Collins? Did he? How good does this make Dallas? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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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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.
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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.
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