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The case for - and against - the Redskins trading the No. 2 overall pick

The case for - and against - the Redskins trading the No. 2 overall pick

MIAMI - Redskins fans need to prepare themselves for three months of speculation about if the team should trade the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft.

Chase Young or more picks? That's the question. 

Fuel got added to the fire on Tuesday when NBC Sports' Peter King explained a league source told him that the Redskins could "remake their franchise" by trading out of the second slot in the draft. The Bengals are going to take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first, but after that, things could be wide open. 

A team could get desperate for Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon QB Justin Herbert, and when that happens, the floodgates could open for Washington. The Dolphins hold three picks in the first round (5,18, 26) and have publicly talked about their desire for a star young passer. The Chargers need a new quarterback, and plenty of other teams might need a new signal-caller, including Tampa and Las Vegas. 

There are never enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and the allure of the new young star is often too much for NFL general managers to resist at draft time. 

Considering all of that, the Redskins hold a very valuable card with the second pick. Very valuable. 

Still, however, that doesn't mean the team needs to trade it. 

Plenty of scouts consider Ohio State defensive end Chase Young the best prospect on the board, and that includes Tagovailoa and Burrow. Young had 16.5 sacks this season for the Buckeyes in 12 games and is an obvious game-wrecking talent rushing the passer. 

Washington could take Young at two and sit confidently, knowing the new braintrust of Ron Rivera, Kyle Smith and Rob Rogers took the best player on their draft board. 

There is no concrete answer. The Redskins problem is a good one to have. 

Other names will rise up draft boards - Utah State QB Jordan Love and Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah among them. If Washington does trade back, they can still get good players. 

The Dolphins are the obvious candidate to move up, and with their fifth pick, the Redskins could still land a star. Some will say Miami can hold tight at five to get their QB, and while maybe that could work, that assumes no other team trades in front of them for another passer. Or that Detroit, with 32-year-old Matt Stafford coming off a season where he dealt with back fractures, doesn't think quarterback with the third pick. 

There are few knowns in the leadup to the NFL Draft, and in January, there are none. 

The Redskins would be wise to look at all options. In fact, they'd be foolish not to, even if in the end Washington decides to take Young. 

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Report: Jordan Reed has cleared concussion protocol, wants to continue playing football

Report: Jordan Reed has cleared concussion protocol, wants to continue playing football

Just days after it was reported that Jordan Reed was still in concussion protocol six months after suffering one last August against the Falcons, the Redskins tight end is apparently healthy once again.

According to The Athletic, Reed has cleared concussion protocol and wants to continue playing professional football. Reed missed the entire season due to the concussion he suffered in Atlanta, the seventh documented concussion of his football career. 

While Reed may still want to suit up, it's unlikely it will be with Washington.

The Redskins are expected to release the tight end, who is entering the second to last season of a five-year, $46 million extension he signed following the 2015 season. The Redskins would save $8.5 million against the cap if they parted ways with Reed prior to June 1.

New head coach Ron Rivera has already parted with multiple veterans, releasing cornerback Josh Norman and Paul Richardson last Friday. Norman had one year remaining on his deal, while Richardson had three.

When asked about the tight end position earlier this month, Rivera wasn't shy about the team needing to improve the unit.

"Do we have our tight end? Probably not," Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said on Redskins Nation on Feb. 4. "That’s a big question mark." 

Two tight ends the Redskins could seek in free agency are Austin Hooper and Eric Ebron, among others.

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Redskins exercise team option on Adrian Peterson for 2020

Redskins exercise team option on Adrian Peterson for 2020

There was little doubt, but Adrian Peterson is officially returning to the Washington Redskins in 2020.

Washington officially exercised Peterson's team option on his contract on Wednesday, keeping the 35-year-old under contract through next season.

"Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league," head coach Ron Rivera said in the team's statement. "Adrian’s leadership and passion towards the game of football will set an example of what is expected of the players in this program moving forward."

The seven-time Pro Bowler has led Washington in rushing yards the last two seasons. A year ago, he was named a team captain for the Burgundy and Gold and led the team in rushing touchdowns and carries in addition to rushing yards. In 2018, he rushed for over 1,000 yards in his first season with the team.

The future Hall of Famer has continued to climb in the record books during his time in Washington. Last season, he passed Walter Payton on the all-time rushing touchdowns list and eclipsed 14,000 yards on the ground. Entering 2020, he remains 1,054 yards away from passing Lions' legend Barry Sanders for fourth all-time in rushing yards.

Peterson's return to Washington was expected, especially considering the many question marks surrounding the rest of the position group.

If the Redskins had let Peterson become a free agent, Washington's top two running backs under contract would have been third-year pro Derrius Guice and sophomore Bryce Love, both who have a laundry list of injury concerns. The team's top pass-catching back, Chris Thompson, is a free agent.

"It’s a blessing to be back and I look forward to continue leading and inspiring those around me to be great and think outside the box!" Peterson told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson. "Not only am I appreciative to the organization for having faith in me but also love how the Redskins nation has embraced, showered me with love. I’ll continue to pour my heart and soul into winning a championship! The best is yet to come!"

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