I don't necessarily feel compelled to pass along every news report I hear or read about the Redskins here since most of you have TV's and all of you have computers and you get pretty much what I get.
However, when something is reported on the NFL Network, I try to post something about it since, from what I hear, I'm among about the three-tenths of a percent of the country that has NFLN. I have Comcast Cable (too many trees for DirectTV) and while the tier that has NFLN is $5.99/month, I'm on a permanent "deal" to get it for $1.99. It was easy to sneak that onto the cable bill. That also includes the HD version of the channel. I like the NFL Replay shortened versions of the best games of the week and during the offseason they have shows that have really hot cheerle—
Oh, I guess you'd like me to get to the news. Adam Schefter said that, as of 7 PM EST tonight, that nobody from the Redskins has contacted Jim Fassel. Given that the announcement that Steve Spagnuolo will be staying with the Giants came before noon, it seems odd that Dan Snyder hasn't picked up the phone to pull the trigger on what is widely assumed to be his backup plan.
It appears that Schefter's source for this is someone from Fassel's camp, probably his agent.
What might this mean? Your guess is as good as mine.
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.
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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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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.
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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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