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Will the Redskins make a trade deadline deal?

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Will the Redskins make a trade deadline deal?

The NFL trade deadline comes today at 4:00 Eastern time but Redskins fans should not make any special plans for this afternoon. It seems very unlikely that the team will make a deal.

The trade that is most likely is Fred Davis getting shipped anywhere for just about anything. Once viewed as a rising star, Davis has played just 91 of the team’s 511 offensive snaps this year and he has been inactive in three of the Redskins’ seven games. He could provide a boost to a team in need of an athletic pass catcher.

But there are obstacles. The Redskins themselves are a team that could use more quality targets for their quarterback so teams have to wonder why they are so willing to deal him. He only has the rest of this season remaining on his contract. Although it probably won’t matter with just half a season left, Davis faces a one-year suspension from the league under the substance abuse policy.

Despite the drawbacks, Davis does have talent and there is always a market for that. There’s a chance that a team comes in with an offer of a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick. The Redskins will then have to weigh if the draft pick is worth foregoing the insurance that Davis could provide behind rookie Jordan Reed, who has been bitten by the injury bug from time to time this year.

The salary cap greatly limits who the Redskins might be able to bring in via a trade. Many fans have been clamoring for them to deal for unhappy Bills safety Jairus Byrd. But the Redskins have barely enough cap room to get through the rest of the season. Byrd’s franchise tender carries a $6.9 million salary for this season. The Redskins would be on the hook for just over half of that for the remainder of this season, about $3.6 million. On top of that, they would have to try to make a deal to keep Byrd beyond this season as he will be a free agent looking for top money.

The other player fans have been yearning for is Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon. He’s the type of dynamic receiving threat that the Redskins need to give Robert Griffin III, Gordon’s former Baylor teammate, as a compliment Pierre Garçon.

The asking price for Gordon is a second-round pick and the Redskins would be very reluctant to part with that high pick given the fact that they already are without their first rounder, their final installment in the Griffin deal. But Gordon is just 22, possibly younger than whoever they might draft in the second round. His contract could easily be absorbed; he is owed about $335,000 for the remainder of the season and since the Redskins would release a player to make room for Gordon, the money is virtually a wash.

Gordon is under contract for the next two years at very reasonable salaries, much less than the Redskins would pay for a receiver on the free agent market.

One “buyer beware” note the Redskins need to take into account is the fact that Gordon was suspended for two games this year under the NFL’s drug policy. He may face a one-year ban if he tests positive again at any point in the future.

You never say never but Mike Shanahan is not the sort of coach who likes to make major changes in season. It would be very surprising if the Redskins pulled the trigger on a trade today.

You can catch the up-to-the-minute buzz on anything that’s happening with the Redskins at the trade deadline and around the league over on CSN Washington at Redskins Pulse. Drop on by and see what’s happening

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.