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Tarik's camp checklist, Day 12: When will DeAngelo Hall return?


Tarik's camp checklist, Day 12: When will DeAngelo Hall return?

RICHMOND—Day 12 of training camp is underway on a soggy Monday here at the Bon Secours training center. The morning walkthough is over and the players are scheduled to return to the field at 3 p.m. for their first practice since Saturday’s fight-filled session with the Texans.

Here’s what I’ll be looking forward to seeing/hearing the rest of the day:

*The injuries are mounting for the Redskins. They key guys to keep an eye on today are cornerbacks David Amerson (shoulder) and DeAngelo Hall (hip flexor/groin), running back Matt Jones (knee), safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring), wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and linebacker Preston Smith (groin). Will any of them return to the field and practice fully? Keep in mind, there are just three days until the preseason opener in Cleveland.

*Hall said he expects to practice for the first time since going down in a heap last Thursday. The 31-year-old, who is in the process of returning from two Achilles tears, also said he’d be disappointed if he didn’t play against the Browns.   

“I feel pretty good,” Hall said after the walkthrough. “I was able to run yesterday and run the day before that. Opened up pretty good. A little nervous about the wet conditions. Hopefully I’ll just warm up properly and I’ll be alright.”

*Speaking of injuries and the weather, will the rain hold off? A steady rain affected Saturday’s practice and field conditions and it’s been drizzling on-and-off all morning here, leaving the surface a bit slick. Will that cause Coach Jay Gruden to hold back some players coming off leg injuries?  

*Gruden will meet with reporters prior to practice and, we hope, will provide some details about his plan for Thursday’s opener. How much will the starters play? Has anyone been ruled out due to injury? Anything that he’s looking for in particular?

*I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth mentioning again: kicker Kai Forbath needs to pick it up and start showing some consistency. As my colleague Rich Tandler wrote a couple of days ago, it’s been a “rocky” camp thus far for Forbath.

*If you're among those that puts some stock in the unofficial depth chart that was released yesterday, then there are a handful of players that, based on the chart, could use a strong second half of camp. In particular, I’m thinking about Tom Compton (third string right tackle), Silas Redd (fourth string running back) and Colt McCoy (third string quarterback).

Check back later for Rich Tandler's post-practice report.

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market


As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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