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The good, the bad, and the ugly from Redskins vs. Seahawks

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The good, the bad, and the ugly from Redskins vs. Seahawks

Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in the Redskins’ 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

The good

—The 60-yard TD bomb from Kirk Cousins to DeSean Jackson—In an odd coverage scheme, Kam Chancellor ended up covering Jackson with Richard Sherman giving deep help. Jackson easily beat the safety off the line and Sherman couldn’t get over in time to give deep help. Cousins rolled right and his pass was on the money. That got the Redskins on the board, making it 17-7 in the second quarter and allowing the Redskins to stay in the game.

—The 57-yard pass from Cousins to Jackson wasn’t bad either. Jackson had a step on CB Byron Maxwell and Cousins kept the pass away from safety/center fielder Earl Thomas. The ball dropped into the bucket and Jackson secured it to set up a field goal.

—Keenan Robinson played every snap and is as good at the Redskins hoped he would be. He had eight tackles, including one where he flashed across to the field to take down Russell Wilson when the Seattle QB was trying to bust up the middle on a run.

—Ryan Kerrigan got a sack to move back into a tie for the league lead with six. He also recorded a quarterback hit and a total of five tackles.

The bad

—Cousins’ first-half accuracy—His throws were frequently off target as besides the 60-yarder to Jackson he was 6 of 16 for 33 yards. As Jay Gruden said after the game, “He can make a tough throw look really easy and he can make some of the easy throws look a little tough.”

—The postgame locker room atmosphere was not exactly festive but in the opinion of many in the media there was too much laughter and joking around going on among players for a team that just lost to fall to 1-4. You don’t necessarily want the atmosphere to be funeral-like after a loss but it should be a bit more somber than it was.

The Ugly

—The Redskins’ prime time record of 3-17 since 2008—To be sure, the team hasn’t been very good in games no matter when they have been played during that time period. But they have posted a winning percentage that’s much better than that .150 mark in prime time.

—The third-quarter onside kick attempt—There is no issue here with the call to try it. But the execution of the attempt to pop it over the Seahawks’ front line and trying to recover it there. But it went straight to Seattle’s Cooper Helfet at the Seattle 44-yard line. It put the Redskins in a field position hole that eventually cost them the game.

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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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