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Redskins best- and worst-case scenarios: Offense


Redskins best- and worst-case scenarios: Offense

In theory, any player in any given season can play at a Pro Bowl level and any player’s performance can go completely into the tank due to injuries or any number of other reasons.

But in practical terms it’s reasonable to expect that a given player’s performance will fall into a rage based on factors such as past performance, age, etc. So over the next couple of days we’ll look at best- and worst-case scenarios for key players on each side of the ball. We’ll get it going today with the offense.

QB Kirk Cousins

Best: 4,500 yds., 35 TD, 12 INT, 104 passer rating—This is kind of tricky since Cousins having a big statistical year could be a sign that the Redskins aren’t playing very well, forcing them to pass a lot to try to overcome deficits. In other words, if he approaches 5,000 yards it could mean trouble as far as the Redskins’ record goes.

Worst: 3,500 yards, 25 TD, 18 INT, 91 passer rating—Throwing for fewer yards might be OK because that could be a sign that the running game is operating more efficiently. But if that is accompanied by an increase in interceptions, obviously that would indicate him taking a step back.

RB Matt Jones

Best: 1,000 yards rushing, 4.0 yards/att., 8 TDs, 30 receptions for 320 yards, 2 TDs—The Redskins are committed to seeing what they have in Jones, who showed that he had both potential and a lot of work to do. He will get the ball a lot and as long as he is at least competent they will give it to him all year long. If he could limit the lost fumbles to one or two that would be a big plus as well.

Worst: 700 yards rushing, 3.5 yards/att., 3 TDs, 20 receptions, 100 yards—He’s going to get the ball regardless so if his average per carry is subpar his yardage total won't be very impressive..

TE Jordan Reed

Best: 95 receptions, 1,100 yards, 13 TD—He could have gone over 1,000 yards last year but like many of the front-line players he sat out most of the regular season finale in Dallas. Getting to 1,100 would mean him increasing his average per catch by about a yard, which he and Cousins should be able to do in their second year together.

Worst: 65 receptions, 700 yards, 6 TD—This could happen if the injury bug comes back again and he only plays in 10 games or so. I think he’s at the point where if he’s on the field and healthy he’s just about unstoppable.

WR DeSean Jackson

Best: 65 receptions, 1,200 yards, 8 TDs—As with Reed, the key is Jackson staying healthy. If he plays 14-16 games he’s pretty much a lock to catch 4 or 5 passes per game and average 18-20 each.

Worst: 35 receptions, 600 yards, 4 TDs—Another injury-plagued season could lead to the Redskins getting very little for their $9.25 million cap hit. 

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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.


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