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Saturday game plan: Calling audibles

Saturday game plan: Calling audibles

Colt Brennan, who had an impressive pro debut last Sunday, may taking a step up the Washington Redskins depth chart on Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills. It is likely that he, not Todd Collins, will be coming in to the game after Jason Campbell is done for the night.

Before Rainbow Warrior Nation out there goes berserk, be advised that the move would be temporary. Reasoning that Brennan won't see much action at all once the season starts, Jim Zorn wants to give him some experience against opposing defenders that actually have, you know, a shot at making the team.

I don't think that Zorn realizes that he is playing with fire here. If Colt comes in and goes six for eight with a touchdown, he'll have a rally at Redskins Park with tiki torch bearing protesters demanding that Brennan be made the starting quarterback immediately.

Brennan isn't likely to be in the game soon enough to hand off to Clinton Portis, but Campbell will be. Portis, who saw very limited preseason action in 2207—for that matter, he was as scarce at training camp practices as Rosie O'Donnell is at Weight Watchers meetings—will play against the Bills.

The appearance is likely to be brief. He'll throw a block, get a carry or two, perhaps catch a pass, and then the pads will come off. If Campbell should throw an interception, Portis will run as fast as he can away from where the ball carrier is heading.

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

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. 


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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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

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.


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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