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Tarik's practice checklist for Sunday: What's the latest on RG3?

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Tarik's practice checklist for Sunday: What's the latest on RG3?

Off to a 2-0 start in the preseason, the Redskins return to practice Sunday at 1:35 p.m. in Ashburn, Va. The players and coaches have not spoken to the media since Thursday’s 21-17 victory over Lions. And, yeah, there may be a couple of pressing issues that need to be addressed.

Among the items on Tarik’s pre-practice checklist:

*Obviously, Robert Griffin III will be the big story. As he always is. The last time we saw him, he was walking off the field in Landover, Md., with a dazed look on his face after absorbing six punishing hits (and three sacks) on eight dropbacks. Coach Jay Gruden said after the game that Griffin suffered a concussion and would be subject to the NFL’s concussion protocol. Gruden also noted that Griffin would not be fielding any questions as he underwent further evaluation. A source told CSN on Thursday night that Griffin would be “fine.”

A day later, it was confirmed that Griffin’s injury was not severe and that he probably would be able to play in Baltimore—the all-important third exhibition game which amounts to a dress rehearsal for the regular season.

So what’s the deal? Does Griffin practice? If he does, is he full-go or limited?

*Just as important as what we observe will be what does Gruden has to say following practice. Now that he’s had a couple of days to digest everything, what does he think of Griffin’s performance against the Lions? Does he anticipate Griffin being ready to face Terrell Suggs and the Ravens in six days?

I don’t expect Griffin to address the media, but I’m sure he’ll be requested by reporters.

*On Friday afternoon, the Redskins traded a fifth round pick to the 49ers for 25-year-old tight end Derek Carrier. The reason for the move was obvious; Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen have been lost for the season and there’s little quality experience behind Jordan Reed, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Carrier becomes the seventh tight end on the roster, but it's likely he'll immediately move into the No. 2 role behind Reed given the price Scot McCloughan paid. Where does Carrier line up Sunday? What does Gruden have to say about the move? What has Carrier been told about his role?

*A number of key Redskins did not suit up against Detroit. Among them: DeSean Jackson (shoulder), Will Compton (groin), Junior Galette (pec), DeAngelo Hall (toe), Trent Williams (foot/knee), Reed (hamstring), Jamison Crowder (hamstring), Ryan Kerrigan (knee) and Bashaud Breeland (knee). I’m not all that concerned about Kerrigan and Williams. For them, it was likely just a precautionary day off. As for the others, we should get a status update from Gruden.  

*The vibe at Redskins Park figures to be a lot more lively today as it’s Fan Appreciation Day. It’s the first opportunity for local fans (who didn’t want to trek to Richmond) to see the team, and I've got to believe the place will be packed. There will also be performances by the marching band, cheerIeaders, etc.     

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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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