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Prediction time: What will happen with Kirk Cousins on franchise tag deadline day?

Prediction time: What will happen with Kirk Cousins on franchise tag deadline day?

Time is slipping away for the Redskins if the team has any remaining hopes to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal. 4 p.m. marks the deadline for negotiations, and if the team and passer cannot reach an agreement by that time, Cousins will play 2017 on a one-year $24 million fully guaranteed deal. 

So what will happen? JP Finlay and Rich Tandler give their best look:

Finlay: What will happen? Nothing. By all accounts and with conversations from plugged in folks, there is no deal to be had. Perhaps the Redskins can get something done with Cousins in 2018, but there is so little incentive for the QB to sign a multi-year contract now. 

He stands to make $24 million this year with the prospect of a much bigger payday next year, either with Washington or in free agency. As tiring as this contract saga continues to be for Redskins fans, don't expect it to stop just yet. 

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Tandler: I wish there was a more optimistic viewpoint to take here if for no other reason than to hold everyone's interest today. But a deal just doesn't seem to be a realistic possibility. Cousins' camp apparently wants to utilize the leverage provided by the franchise tag and the possibility of either a more lucrative tag or unfettered free agency in 2018. The Redskins may recognize Cousins' leverage but they are trying to cut a deal based on how much of the salary cap they can commit to a player who has put up some nice stats but is not one of the elite players in the game. 

The one thing that can change the dynamic here is for Dan Snyder to jump into the negotiations and try to make a deal happen. This probably would have happened by now if it was going to happen. But you can't rule out an 11th-hour push by the team owner. 


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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday


Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.


Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.


Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP


Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.