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Pregame

--The burgundy on burgundy look is going to take some getting used to. I like it at first glance, but it looks just like the Redskins Band uniforms.

--The Steeler black and gold is quite prevalent here tonight. I'll guess there may be as many as 30,000 Pittsburgh fans here tonight. Monday nights are always big for invading fans, I'm guessing that a lot of tix get sold on eBay and StubHub.

--Samuels and Moss both are starting, a good sign for the Skins. Samuels will help keep the heat off of Campbell so that he'll have a shot at getting the ball to Moss. I'm not going to change my prediction, but I'm considerably more confident that I'll be wrong (if that makes any sense).

--The ESPN crew went four for the Skins and four for the Steelers. That's about where I am, I think it's a tossup.

First Quarter

14:55—Redskins get great field position after a failed surprise onside kick attempt. I like the move by Tomlin but obviously it backfired big time.

13:18—Zorn declines to gamble on his first opportunity and calls on Suisham on fourth and one.

FG Suisham 44
Redskins 3, Steelers 0

You could almost call that a gift three points since the Skins got it without the benefit of a first down.     

--The Redskins have Rogers lined up on Santonio Holmes while Smoot is on Hines Ward.

--Finally one of those tips at the line results in a turnover. Carter with the tip and Griffith with the pick.

--I like going for the end zone right after the turnover, even though it came close to ending in Campbell's first interception of the year.

FG Suisham 43
Redskins 6, Steelers 0

--Another scoring "drive" without a first down for the Redskins. I don't remember a time when the Redskins have had the first two possessions of the game, no first downs and two field goals.

8:50—The Skins get a sack from D. Evans. About seven minutes into it, my pregame analysis is falling apart. Suisham is 2 for 2 and the Redskins have two big plays resulting from pass pressure.

7:25—And then Portis pops one for 22. I could have my worst prediction ever if this keeps up.

5:22—The Steelers are giving the Skins some of a no-huddle look but the Skins are keeping up just fine. Another three and out and Pittsburgh is punting.

2:57—The Skins burn their second timeout on a third down play. It's taking Zorn too long to get the plays in and they're coming up to the line with about 10 seconds left on the play clock. That's not enough to deal with the Pittsburgh blitz packages.

1:18—A couple of good pass breakups by Horton and Smoot on second and third downs has the Steelers punting yet again. So far, so good for the Redskins defense. Big Ben is helping the Skins' cause; he is not sharp at all.

End of first quarter
Redskins 6, Steelers 0

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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)

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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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