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RG3 on time with Redskins: 'What happened there would break a lot of people'

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RG3 on time with Redskins: 'What happened there would break a lot of people'

To call Robert Griffin III's tenure with the Redskins anything but tumultuous would be disingenuous. There were certainly highs - like the incredible rookie season in 2012 - but plenty of lows too. RG3 vs Mike Shanahan, RG3 vs Jay Gruden, RG3 vs Kirk Cousins, just to name a few.

The roller coaster ride clearly had a toll on Griffin, as he told the Browns media on a conference call about his time in Washington: "What happened there would break a lot of people."

Griffin's not wrong; he went through a lot for a young player. Coaching changes, injuries, public disputes in the media and on social media. How much of the trouble was of RG3's own making can be debated, but regardless of who gets the blame, Griffin's four years with the Redskins were not always a smooth ride.

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Now RG3 gets to move on to Cleveland, a team not immune to personnel trouble and off-field issues. But the Browns have a new coach in Hue Jackson and troubled QB Johnny Manziel is off the team. This is a fresh start for Griffin, and he seemed genuinely appreciative for the chance.

"After not playing football for a year I’m real appreciative of the Browns," Griffin said. "I'm real exited about that."

The missed season he referenced was this past one, as Cousins took over as the top passer for the 'Skins and RG3 was relegated to third string. Griffin did not take a single snap in the 2015 season, something that would have seemed impossible back in 2012. As for the Browns, Griffin is assured of nothing, and it seems quite possible Cleveland will still take a quarterback with the second pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If that happens, Griffin said he will welcome the rookie.

"If they draft a quarterback, I'll take the guy under my wing," Griffin said. "I've been through a lot more than a lot of guys go through their entire career."

Repeatedly Griffin said that he is excited to play for Jackson, a coach he said tailors the offense to the talent on the team.

"I'm really excited to have another opportunity to grow with a coach that believes in me," Griffin said. "I just got to go out and prove it."

Throughout the course of the conversation, Griffin seemed focused on turning his sights to Cleveland and starting fresh, not rehashing his time in D.C.

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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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