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Redskins Cardinals third quarter

Redskins Cardinals third quarter

To bring out a Capt. Obvious cliché here, it's anyone's ballgame. Campbell seems to have cooled off since completing his first eight passes. He's a streaky passer and if he can get it going, the Skins will be fine. If his hot streak isn't due until next week or before the Cards lay a couple of TD's on the board, it's trouble.

14:54—Devin Thomas down there on kickoff coverage, doing a nice job.

13:59—A huge play there for Arizona, a 14-yard pass to convert third and long and a 15-yard roughing the passer flag on top of it. All of a sudden they're in Redskin territory.

12:30—They're still grinding it out with James, moving right downfield.

12:04—Griffin is down on the field, he gets up and walks off under his own power.

12:04—Another third-down chance for the defense. Jason Taylor gives it to them by jumping offside. A third and seven becomes a third and two.

11:57—Springs tips it but Boldin hauls it in anyway. First down at the 20.

10:57—OK, let's try this again. Third and nine at the 19.

10:21—Wow, it was right at the line to gain but they didn't measure. First and goal Arizona.

9:28—One more time. Third and goal at the nine.

9:25—This time they get it done as Taylor tips his second straight pass. Rackers will try a field goal to tie it up.

FG Rackers 26
Redskins 10, Cardinals 10

A 15-play drive, 72 yards, 5:40. The Redskins have to respond. The offense hasn't been on the field for about 40 minutes of real time, so they should be fired up. We'll see if Jansen or Heyer comes in at tackle.

9:20—It's Heyer going back in.

8:42—Five straight handoffs to Portis now going back to the end of the first half and it's third and five.

7:40—Cooley knew right where to go to pick up a first on third and five. Not that it was that hard, they were working after a touchback and he knew where to find the 30.

5:40—I like throwing deep on second and one but there's also something about powering for about seven like Betts just did that is appealing as well.

4:30—Pulling out the bag of tricks with an end around to Thomas and an option pass by Randle El. The first was good for 16, the latter for 11.

3:21—The tight end screen to Cooley had Samuels looking for someone to block and not finding anyone until the play had already gained 12 yards. The 16-yard gain sets up first and goal at about the two and a half.

Yoder 2 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 10

An ungodly play fake to Portis had everyone fooled and Yoder got wide open.

That was a perfect and needed response to a similar Arizona drive to start the half. We're at about three minutes to go in the third and each team has had the ball just once.

Fitzgerald 62 pass from Warner (Rackers kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

Three plays, 85 yards and it's tied up. I'm not sure where deep center fielder Landry was on that play, I'll check the replay.

Warner had time and Fitzgerald was able to make a double move. Landry thought the pass was going shorter and he didn't realize until it was too late and Doughty was trying to chase Fitzgerald.

1:41—Campbell tries to answer immediately, but Moss was double covered on the deep sideline pattern and he didn't have a shot.

End of third quarter
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


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.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


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.