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Redskins practice report—Day 10

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Redskins practice report—Day 10

RICHMOND—Follow along here as Tandler reports on the Redskins' practice at the Bon Secours Training Center here in Richmond. Check back and refresh often to see the latest updates.

--We have a little rain coming down in Richmond. That won't be enough to keep them off of the field but it may make it difficult for me to use my iPad by the field. I'll still update it live from the CSN tent but they may not be instant and they may come in groups of three or four.

--The rain is picking up but practice rolls on. I think there is concern about rain tomorrow cancelling practice so they will do whatever they can to get today's session in.


--You can tell the difference between Nate Sudfeld and the other two QBs by looking at their feet. Cousins and McCoy are relatively smooth and sure with their footwork. Sudfeld seems to be thinking through every step plus his height (6-6) makes it hard to be smooth. This is to be expected with a rookie quarterback.

--While the corners are going one-on-one against the receivers, the safeties and linebackers cover the tight ends and running backs on the other end of the field. The offense just missed a few chances. Niles Paul got behind Martrell Spaight but he couldn't quite make a one-handed catch. Matt Jones beat Preston Smith in the end zone but the pass was use too long.

--For the first time in training camp they brought out the 40-second play clock. They are playing a game in a few days and they have to get used to getting in and out of the huddle.

--I would like to see Matt Jones get passes in the open field a little more often. At his size he is a mismatch against any defensive backs and he has a good first move that can lose a linebacker.

--Jordan Reed made a nice one-handed catch of a Cousins pass over the middle. Reed only got half a step on Duke Ihenacho but that was all he needed.

--Arie Kouandjio is having a tough go of it in one-on-one pass protection. He's getting beaten both on strength and quickness. Right now he has nothing to hang his hat on.

--Morgan Moses, on the other hand, did an excellent job. He stayed in proper form against Preston Smith a couple of time and the defender had nowhere to go.

--Kirk Cousins keeps trying to draw the defense offside with the hard count but they aren't budging. It's still predictable.

--It looked like both DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland would knock down Cousins' deep pass to DeSean Jackson. But neither defender could get a hand on it and Jackson grabbed it with nothing but green grass in between him and the goal line.

That's it from Richmond today. Thanks for dropping by, we'll see you tomorrow at 1:30, weather permitting.

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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