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Will new Redskins RB Pierre Thomas suit up in Chicago?


Will new Redskins RB Pierre Thomas suit up in Chicago?

By the time the Redskins board their flight to Chicago on Saturday, Pierre Thomas will have gone through a practice, a walkthrough and a handful of meetings with his new team.

And that could prove to be enough to convince the coaching staff to give the veteran some snaps Sunday against his hometown Bears.

“He looked good,” offensive coordinator Sean McVay said of Thomas’ first practice with the team on Friday. “He did a good job picking up a couple of little things we did with him. And we’re looking forward to seeing if he’s going to be ready to go on Sunday.”

Thomas played for New Orleans from 2007-14 and one game for San Francisco last month. The pass-catching running back said he was surprised to get a call in Week 14, but he's sure glad that he did. 

“I’m in shape, so really it’s getting a handle on this playbook,” Thomas said at Redskins Park. “It’s different verbiage. Some of the same concepts that I’ve throughout my years, it’s just the verbiage is totally different. That’s one thing I have to get a grasp on. And I’m grasping it very quickly.”

The Redskins reached out to Thomas earlier this week when an MRI revealed that Chris Thompson had a torn labrum in his shoulder. Thompson, the team’s primary pass-catching threat out of the backfield, will not play at Soldier Field.

Which, of course, opens the door for Thomas, who turns 31 next week, to make his Redskins’ debut, not far from where he grew up. 

“Pierre is an established third-down back in this league and a very good pass protector and good out of the backfield,” Coach Jay Gruden said.

Like McVay, Gruden also hinted that Thomas could see some playing time Sunday.

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“Oh yeah,” Gruden said. “We’ll see, though. We haven’t made that decision [about] who our 46 men are going to be yet. A lot depends on the defensive line—who’s [active]—and [tight end Derek] Carrier.”

McVay said he’s less concerned about Thomas’ conditioning and more interested in his comfort level with the offense.

“I think it’s be more a question of getting [him] familiar with some of the things that we’ll ask him to do, assignments-wise, which he showed he’s capable of picking it up very quickly," McVay said. "If that’s the case, then he’ll be ready to roll.”

Thomas said intends to be prepared for whatever the staff decides.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed [but] I have no idea” Thomas said, asked if he expects to suit up. “But I’ll be ready.”

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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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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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