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Unlike former Eagles coaches, DeSean Jackson has no 'bad taste' for Doug Pederson

Unlike former Eagles coaches, DeSean Jackson has no 'bad taste' for Doug Pederson

Though the animosity slowly diminished, the dominant storyline when the Redskins faced the Eagles over the past two seasons came down to DeSean Jackson facing his former team. Much of that vitriol dwindled when Philadelphia fired former coach Chip Kelly last season. In fact, the Redskins receiver made clear he has no quarrel with new Eagles coach Doug Pederson.

"Doug Pederson is actually a good friend of mine, we got a good relationship when he was in Philly coaching," Jackson said. "I don’t have no bad taste in my mouth vs him."

Jackson and Pederson overlapped in Philadelphia for four seasons from 2009 to 2012, mostly while the receiver was scoring touchdowns and making Pro Bowls. Andy Reid was coaching the Eagles then, before the Philly brass fired Reid to bring in Kelly. Jackson and Kelly lasted just one season together, before the former Oregon Ducks coach released the vertical threat.

Certainly in 2014 - Jackson's first year with the Redskins - facing the Eagles carried extra meaning. In 2015, with Kelly still on the sidelines for Philly, the games against the Eagles still likely meant extra for DeSean, though now, with Pederson in charge, it seems Jackson only wants a win rather than some form of vengance for being released.

"No emotions," Jackson said of Sunday's matchup against the Eagles. "It's a big game for us. They're ahead of us in the division right now so a lot rides on this game right here."

For Jackson - who has an expiring contract after this season - 2016 has not been the brisk start he hoped. The speedy wideout has 18 catches for 278 yards and a touchdown while averaging more than 15 yards per catch, though he is yet to take over a game with his speed. 

"Obviously being a guy in this league that’s had a lot of success you always, obviously, you want as many touches as possible. It hasn’t really went that way," Jackson said. "It's something we got to figure out as a team because we need to connect on the plays that we're missing."

There have been missing plays.

In the win over the Ravens, Washington QB Kirk Cousins missed a long connection with Jackson that could have flipped field position. In other games, Cousins has gone deep to Jackson and not connected, though some plays have resulted in pass interference penalties.

"You definitely do take pride in it," Jackson called of the increased attention from defenses.

The threat of Jackson isn't lost on Redskins coach Jay Gruden.

"He deserves the ball a little bit more," Gruden said. "He’s still a major, major threat out there that doesn’t go unnoticed by the defense, I promise you that."

Cousins knows what a difference Jackson can make.

"He’s just so talented and so capable of taking over a game and making an enormous difference in the outcome of the game that I want to be continuing to look for him and give him opportunities," the Redskins quarterback said. "And he knows it better than anyone that he can help us win and he can make a big difference in the outcome of a game."

When he was released from the Eagles, the rumor was Jackson was a bad teammate and perhaps worse. Now three years into his Redskins tenure, there have been zero incidents and a locker room full of support from teammates and coaches. Though thrust into a tough situation in 2014 as Robert Griffin III's tenure as starter came to a close in Washington, Jackson has largely said and done the right things on and off the field. 

If the games against the Eagles mean a little less now, it makes sense. The circumstances surrounding his departure in Philadelphia now reflect poorly on one person, and it isn't Jackson. In 2016, after being on an NFC East winning Washington team in 2015, Jackson seems to just want to win.

"As long as I feel like I’m doing my job and getting open and beating guys, when my matches are called, I feel like I’m doing the best I can," he said. "Hopefully they’ll come and we’ll hit them."

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


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