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Redskins shut out in alternate Pro Bowl selections


Redskins shut out in alternate Pro Bowl selections

There were 86 players originally selected to play in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii this Sunday. Due to injuries and players whose teams are participating in the Super Bowl being otherwise occupied, there have been 31 replacements named. If you go by the Pro Bowl selection process, they have identified 117 players who are among the best in the game.

Of those 117 players only one, tackle Trent Williams, plays for the Redskins. He was one of the original 86 players who was selected to play in the game but some nagging injuries forced him to withdraw. None of the 31 replacements came from the 9-7 Redskins, the champions of the NFC East.

Two Redskins, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and tight end Jordan Reed, were named as alternates. And although three linebackers and one tight end are participating in the Super Bowl and another tight end and another linebacker, Rob Gronkowski and Jamie Collins of the Patriots, withdrew due to injuries, their phones did not ring with congratulations and instructions on how to pick up their tickets to Honolulu.

The tight end spots went to Delanie Walker of the Titans and Gary Barnidge of the Browns. They had fine seasons with both going over 1,000 yards receiving, a mark that Reed, with 952, fell just short of. Reed had more receptions than Barnidge and more touchdowns than both of them.

The replacement linebackers were Anthony Barr of the Vikings, Lavonte David of the Bucs, the Ravens’ Elvis Dumervil and Green Bay’s Julius Peppers. You can certainly question Dumervil (6 sacks) and Barr (3.5 sacks) going over Kerrigan (8.5 sacks). David posted only three sacks but he did pick off three passes and force two fumbles.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was not even named an alternate. Cam Newton is headed to the Super Bowl and Tom Brady decided to take the week off after getting physically pounded by the Broncos. They were replaced by Jameis Winston of the Bucs and Teddy Bridgewater of the Vikings. Cousins threw for more yards and more touchdowns than either of them and had a passer rating of 101.6 (5th in NFL) compared to Bridgewater’s 88.7 (22nd) and an 84.2 for Winston (28th).

I would recommend that Redskins fans not let these “snubs” ruin their days. The Pro Bowl selection system, which is based on votes of fans, players, and coaches, is highly flawed, just like the selection processes for the all-star games in other sports. It usually takes a year or two for the reputations of breakout players like Reed and Cousins to get recognized by the Pro Bowl voters. If they keep playing at a high level they should get recognition sooner or later. 

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 18, 39 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at next year’s free agents

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens.

Note: I’m not including Brandon Scherff here because the team has a fifth-year option on him that they surely will activate before the May 2 deadline.

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard).

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility.

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon.

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup.

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight.

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019.

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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Regarding the reported visit of defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins with the Redskins:


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 29
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 131
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 175

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