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Will some 49ers be headed to the Redskins?


Will some 49ers be headed to the Redskins?

With new general manager Scot McCloughan now in place, will the Redskins transform into San Francisco East? McCloughan picked a lot of the players who are currently on the 49ers roster when he was VP of player personnel and then GM of the organization from 2005-2008. With some of those players likely to be available as free agents this March, will McCloughan try to bring some of them to his new team?

My colleague Matt Maiocco of speculates that he might. The players he thinks could come to DC are running back Frank Gore, tight end Vernon Davis, and linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

Gore is slated to be a free agent and Davis and Brooks could become cap casualties. If you connect the dots, you could make a case for any or all of them winding up with the Redskins.

But even if the Redskins were still in their days of spending heavily on free agents, the chances of any of those three winding up with the Redskins would be slim. The presence of McCloughan makes the chances virtually nil.

The Redskins already have a top running back in Alfred Morris, who has three 1,000-yard seasons in three years in the NFL. Gore will be 32 before training camp starts and he will command a fairly hefty salary. He’s still an excellent back, and could be productive for the Redskins if they go to a power-running scheme. But the age, mileage (2,784 regular season touches), and presence of Morris make Gore joining the Redskins unlikely.

The Redskins also are in pretty good shape at tight end with Jordan Reed. Although he does have some issues with injuries, Davis, who turns 31 in a few weeks, missed two games and was limited in others with ankle and back injuries. And despite the fact that he played in three fewer games, Reed had almost twice as many catches as Davis (50 to 26). If the Redskins want a backup, they are likely to turn to the draft or a younger free agent. Davis strong local connections (born in DC, Dunbar High School, University of Maryland) are unlikely to sway McCloughan.

Brooks also has local connections (born in Fairfax, University of Virginia) but he will be 31 in March. He plays a position where the Redskins have Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy already and they could well look to add more in the draft. Last season Brooks created some controversy when he reportedly removed himself from a game against the Giants. That alone will not necessarily keep the Redskins from signing him but the age and declining production (six sacks in 13 starts) probably will.

Before we start connecting dots between any other players and the Redskins, here’s what McCloughan had to say about free agency during his news conference on Friday:

“You start dabbling too much into free agency sometimes you get older guys, you get some medical history . . . We won’t have to go out to other organizations and get 32, 33 year olds who have different plans.”

To be sure, the philosophy here is to watch what they do and not what they say. Words in January can be forgotten when holes in the roster must be filled in March. But McCloughan has shied away from free agency in his previous stops, at least until he had a chance to build a base of talent through the draft. For right now there isn’t much of a point in linking many free agents to the Redskins, especially not players who are in their thirties with some injury baggage.

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 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 underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 


What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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