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The biggest offseason additions made by each of the Redskins' 2019 opponents

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The biggest offseason additions made by each of the Redskins' 2019 opponents

If you're a frequent visitor of (thank you if you are, by the way, and change that if you aren't), then you're likely well aware of all the Redskins' offseason additions, from Landon Collins to Dwayne Haskins to even Jordan Brailford.

But while you've been focusing on what the Burgundy and Gold have been up to, you might've missed what their 2019 opponents have brought on to their rosters. If that's the case, then you've found the right story.

Here's the single biggest player — whether it's a free agent or a vet via a trade or a draft pick — that Washington's 13 competitors have added in their respective offseasons.

Eagles (Weeks 1 & 15)

DeSean Jackson might still be burning defensive backs in the year 2045, but in 2019, he'll be doing it in Philadelphia again. Carson Wentz hasn't had a burner like that yet as a pro, and he should do wonders for the stat lines of Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and others, too. Another Jackson, Malik, will bolster Philly's D-line, but DeSean could change the entire offense.

Cowboys (Weeks 2 & 17)

The Cowboys locking up Demarcus Lawrence was their biggest single move, yet in terms of new arrivals, Randall Cobb is their most notable. Dallas losing Cole Beasley was a blow, but they're hoping Cobb can come in and replace most, if not all, of Beasley's inside production. 

Bears (Week 3)

You could make the argument for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Buster Skrine here. However, with Jordan Howard now on the Eagles, third-round pick David Montgomery is slated for quite a workload at running back. He may not be the most explosive runner, but he could be the next rookie to step in and churn up 1,000 yards in Year 1. 

Giants (Week 4 & 16)

In the grand scheme of things, spending a ton of money for Golden Tate on a four-year deal may not make a ton of sense. But in an offseason where New York lost a ton, Tate represents their most significant addition. Daniel Jones, of course, is their most newsworthy (and clowned on), but Tate will definitely be a featured part of the offense while Jones might not be just yet.

Patriots (Week 5)

N'Keal Harry is the first wideout ever selected in the first round by Bill Belichick in New England. The Patriots had a massive need at the position, and the Arizona State product's ability to haul in contested catches and shake off coverage should help him emerge early for Tom Brady.

Dolphins (Week 6)

There was a point where it looked like Josh Rosen would be headed to D.C.. Ultimately, though, he ended up in Miami. The Dolphins didn't have to give up much to acquire Rosen during the draft, and now, they'll hope the second-year passer can develop into a franchise QB while still on his cheap rookie deal. 

49ers (Week 7)

Kwon Alexander and Nick Bosa are acceptable options here, but Dee Ford feels like the most impactful. With the Chiefs in 2018, Ford racked up 13 sacks, then San Fran traded for him in March and inked him to a very, very rich contract. If you're a Redskins fan, Ford is one pass rusher you hope will be facing Trent Williams and not Left Tackle X this campaign.

Vikings (Week 8)

It's not often an offensive lineman stands out as an organization's key new guy, but Garrett Bradbury could really help out Minnesota, even as a rookie. The 18th overall pick will be Kirk Cousins' center and get the O-line organized in 2019. 

Bills (Week 9)

Ed Oliver may need to bulk up a bit to realize his full potential, yet in terms of athleticism, he's already there. Cole Beasley is the free agent who'll make the biggest difference, but if Oliver delivers on his top-10 status, what he does on the D-line will outweigh what Beasley does in the slot.

Jets (Week 11)

An entire blog could be devoted to all that the Jets did in free agency, but Le'Veon Bell is obviously the selection here. The 27-year-old was one of the more versatile threats in the game with the Steelers, but will he still have that in a less loaded offense and after a year off? New York sure wants him to.

Lions (Week 12)

You may not be fully familiar with Trey Flowers, though Detroit clearly was, judging by the $90 million contract they handed him in March. He's just 25, multi-talented and has registered at least 6.5 sacks in the last three seasons. Plus he's an ex-Patriot, so you know Matt Patricia is thrilled.

Panthers (Week 13)

Gerald McCoy was dropped by the Bucs in May, and the Panthers were more than happy to sign him for a year. Brian Burns is enticing as a rookie edge rusher, but McCoy, even at age 31, is a durable and disruptive force on the interior. 

Packers (Week 14)

Green Bay has a pair of Smiths to attack QBs with now, but Za'Darius Smith got more money than Preston, so he's the one who makes this list. Signing Baltimore defenders after their initial breakout doesn't always work out, but the Packers saw enough in Za'Darius to give him$20 million guaranteed and trust he'll continue his rise in the NFC North.


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Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

A few days ago, Ron Rivera identified Kyle Allen as the Redskins' contingency plan if Coronavirus really disrupts the NFL's offseason. Well, Peter King expects the team will ultimately have to use that plan.

During an interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, the longtime football analyst explained that he, like most, is unsure what's going to transpire over the next handful of months. However, King thinks the pandemic will continue to change offseason programs and also have a "major" effect on training camp.

And if those consequences come to fruition, he's confident Allen will prove to be the team's best option to start.

"I believe the way that this year is moving that it's pretty likely that opening day, at quarterback for Washington, is not going to be Dwayne Haskins," King told Redskins Talk. 

While some originally accosted the Burgundy and Gold for giving up a fifth-round pick in their trade for the ex-Panthers passer, King actually praised it. The transaction, in his mind, was "very, very smart" and gives the Redskins viable insurance if Haskins isn't able to pick up a new system because of a truncated schedule. 


"If you're Ron Rivera, you want a guy who you know can walk in Day 1," King said. "If you have to face the New York Giants on September 13, you want a guy who knows everything about Scott Turner's offense and who's well-versed in everything he's going to have to do."

To be clear, King explained that it wouldn't even really be Haskins' fault in the above scenario. In a regular year, he makes much more sense as the Redskins signal caller in 2020, and Rivera recently revealed that's the way he's leaning for now, too.

Yet at some point, if the 2019 first-round selection is only able to communicate with his new coaches through a phone and not face-to-face on a field, Allen's experience with Rivera and Turner may end up as the difference in a competition. 

Should that occur, King will monitor how Haskins handles it. His reaction could be telling.  

"Obviously, it's not an ideal situation for Dwayne Haskins," King said. "But if you can't, in this particular situation, if you can't adapt and adjust, then I would really question whether you're the guy for this job for the long haul.

"I would really question your value to this team."


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Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

The Trent Williams saga has taken multiple twists and turns over the past year, but the standoff between the left tackle and the Redskins is currently at a stalemate.

The left tackle has one year remaining on his contract with the Redskins, but it's nearly impossible to imagine Williams playing another snap for the Burgundy and Gold.

"In Trent's situation, it was bad. There was no way he [can] be a Redskin again," former Redskins QB Joe Theismann told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson. "The relationship [has] become so toxic, it just [can't] continue in that vein."

The saga began when the left tackle held out from the OTAs last June through the first eight weeks of the 2019 season after he found out Redskins team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his brain for nearly six years. Williams reported to Washington minutes before the trade deadline last season and planned to return, but the Redskins placed him on the Non-Football Injury list days later, ending his season without No. 71 playing a snap.

After the 2019 season concluded, the Redskins organization had a massive overhaul. Longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired along with head athletic trainer Larry Hess. While Williams maintained silence throughout his entire holdout, unhappiness and a lack of trust with Allen and the medical staff were rumored to be the two main reasons he stayed away from the team. 

But according to Theismann, there was another factor that kept No. 71 away from Redskins Park.

"He didn't like Bruce Allen, basically. He didn't feel like communication was going well with them," Theismann said. "He didn't like the training staff because what had happened regarding a diagnosis with him. Then all of a sudden, those issues were taken care of. Bruce isn't there anymore, the training staff isn't there anymore. Now it's about money."

The Redskins brought in well-respected head coach Ron Rivera, who attempted to convince the left tackle to return to the team. But Theismann believes that Williams, whose contract has around $15 million remaining, wants a new deal that will pay him like a premiere left tackle in the game, which is something Rivera and the new staff are not ready to do.

"He's going to be a 32-year-old tackle and he wants a longer-term contract. He wants money," Theismann said. "He gave away half his salary last year, which was approximately $7 million that you're never going to get back, especially in this environment. So the Redskins basically said, 'Hey Trent, see what you can get. Let's see if we can work a deal out.' Well, no suitors have come to the table."


Williams was given permission to seek a trade by the Redskins last month, but the left tackles camp has been unable to find a trade partner for what the Redskins deem as fair value for the seven-time Pro Bowler.  Last week, Williams' agent ripped to Redskins for "not acting in good faith" and blamed the lack of a trade solely on the Redskins.

The left tackle turns 32 in July and has not played a full season since 2013. The combination of the two makes Theismann believe some teams are hesitant to invest a lot of money in Williams.

"He's not the young guy he was once before. He was one of the best tackles in football," Theismann said. "We were very thankful to have him, and he was compensated accordingly. 

"Time is not your friend when you reach certain stages in football," he continued. "Most players, as you get the middle part of the thirties, especially as offensive linemen, you're just not sure you're going to be able to continue doing what you're doing and be compensated in a way that's worth your while."

Just a month before Williams signed a five-year extension with the Redskins back in August of 2015, longtime pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan also signed a multi-year deal with the team. Williams and Kerrigan were back-to-back first-round picks in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and two of the team's best players over the past decade.

Theismann believes if Williams played out the 2019 season the way Kerrigan did, he may have earned himself a new deal with the team. While Kerrigan has yet to earn another extension from Washington, Rivera has stated that the pass rusher is a part of the team's future.

"In Trent's case, I feel like there was just a lot of conversation about him," Theismann said. "It's time for him to move on and the Redskins to move on, and I believe that's where they are right now. With a little bit of luck, he'll catch on somewhere, and I wish him all the luck in the world. But you got to be realistic for the numbers you are asking for at that age."

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