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So what do Redskins front office moves mean for Kirk Cousins contract?

So what do Redskins front office moves mean for Kirk Cousins contract?

Firing Scot McCloughan dominated the conversation around the Redskins for a big chunk of this offseason. The franchise handled the situation poorly, but outside of that mess, things have run well for the organization in 2017.

Even harsh critics would speak highly of the Redskins draft class, and the team made shrewd signings in free agency without breaking the bank.

One monstrous hurdle remains for Washington this offseason: The continued uncertainty around the long-term future of quarterback Kirk Cousins.

With Tuesday's announcement that Doug Williams has been promoted to Redskins' senior vice president of player personnel, could changes be coming in the long-term contract talks for quarterback Kirk Cousins? Don't count on it. 

"It’s hard to say to be involved with Kirk Cousins because I haven’t been in this position. But we do have people who have been involved with Kirk Cousins for the last year or so, so we’re going to make sure to continue to do what they’re doing," Williams said. "It might be good also to not step in and let Eric Schaffer finish the job."

Schaffer also got promoted Tuesday, moving up to Redskins SVP of Football Operations as well as general counsel. Schaffer has run point on the negotiations with Cousins' representatives for some time, and more recently Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder have gotten involved.

There seems to be some momentum around getting a deal done with Cousins. Promoting Doug Williams does much to fill the personnel void left, and a long-term contract with Cousins, from a PR standpoint, would erase much of what's left of fan's ill-will surrounding McCloughan's departure. 

That doesn't mean a deal will get done. Asked if he could consider an average annual salary around the $24 million Cousins is due to make on the franchise tag in 2017, Schaffer didn't offer much information (full video above).

Repeatedly, Schaffer said how much the team wants Cousins and values him as their quarterback. Eventually, that value needs to be quantified in the form of a serious contract offer. 

Williams and Schaffer certainly won't hurt the positive momentum surrounding the Cousins contract talks. The moves might help. If nothing else, Schaffer and Williams' promotions provide stability for the organization. 

Cash is what will determine a deal. Despite the changes in the Redskins front office, that equation hasn't changed. 


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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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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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