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Chris Thompson expects Kirk Cousins to go get 'every single dollar he wants'

Chris Thompson expects Kirk Cousins to go get 'every single dollar he wants'

When asked if he wanted to stay with the Redskins over the last three seasons, Kirk Cousins always did a good job of saying the right things without ever really committing to Washington. 

On Wednesday, former Washington tight end turned radio broadcaster Chris Cooley asked Redskins running back Chris Thompson the same question: Did Cousins want to come back?

Thompson answered, honestly, after a long pause. 

"I think everybody got some mixed messages, I will say that," Thompson told Cooley, speaking on The Team 980 (click here for full audio). 

At his year-end radio interview on 106.7 the Fan, Cousins was asked about his desire to return to the Redskins. The quarterback said that "the short answer is yes" but that the longer answer was much more complicated. He certainly never came out and declared he wanted to return, unequivocally, like fellow free agent Drew Brees came out and said about returning to New Orleans. 

If the answers seemed vague to media and fans, the same thing can be said about Redskins players. 

"It’s kind of hard to say," Thompson said. "I think everybody got a different feel about it, but I know Kirk enjoyed being with me and I enjoyed being with him, so I wanted him to be here and I think part of him wanted to be here, but at the end of the day, you gotta do whatever you think is best for you and your family."

It's also important to point out that Cousins has been smart and savvy throughout his contract dealings with the Redskins, and his tone when asked about the future was likely part of that thinking. 

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Now, after two years playing under a franchise tag in Washington, it appears Cousins will head to free agency and get to pick his next team. 

"I know Kirk is going to go somewhere and get every single dollar he wants. I think he deserves it," Thompson said. "He’s put up some great numbers year in and year out, so that’s what this league is all about, the numbers."

Thompson also made clear he enjoyed playing with Cousins and that the quarterback talked about how good their pairing could be in the future.

"I know for me, talking to Kirk, being with Kirk, all we talked about was, you know, ‘C.T., with you staying healthy, we can do this with you, we can do that with you,’ and we were able to do a lot of the things that Kirk wanted to do with me. We wanted to continue this, so for me, I expected him to be here. I knew it would be hard given that we want to win, but if you pay a guy [$30 million] a year, it’s going to sacrifice some other things as well, as far as helping our defense out, maybe getting some more receivers, or running backs and all those type of things."

Still rehabbing from a broken leg sustained in a November loss to the Saints but expected to make a full recovery, Thompson said he's excited to play this fall with Alex Smith. 

"I’m excited about Alex coming in and being here if everything stays the way that it’s supposed to be through March," Thompson said. "He’s an athletic guy. I hear he’s a really great guy, a good leader, too, so I’m just excited for the opportunity."

(h/t @ScottSAllen/Washington Post)

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Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in NFL history.

But is he the best running back for the Redskins right now?

The Redskins signed Peterson, 33 years old and a 12-year NFL veteran, to a one-year contract. They have been hit with injuries at the running back position, most notably the loss of second-round pick Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL. They didn’t make any moves when that diagnosis was announced a week and a half ago. But they lost two more backs to short-term injuries last Thursday and they decided that now is the time to go out and get somebody.

Is the need for a running back really there? Rob Kelley, was the starter for the last half of the 2016 season and for seven games last year before a variety of ailments sent him to injured reserve. Samaje Perine became the starter after that and while he struggled at time he also showed growth potential.

Kelley is 25 and Perine is 22. In the absence of Guice, they could develop and when Guice returns next year the team would have a good stable of young running backs.

But now, Peterson is in the picture. We don’t yet know what his role will be, but they did not sign him to be the back who is inactive on game days. He will get some carries and that will take work away from Perine and Kelley.

Now, if Peterson is more productive than either of the two younger backs then that is a worthwhile swap. But what does he have left in the tank at age 33?

Last year, playing for the Saints and Cardinals he gained 529 yards on 156 carries, a very pedestrian average of 3.4 years per carry. That is very similar to the production of Perine, who had 175 carries for 603 yards, a 3.4 average. In his two years in the NFL, Kelley has averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

By signing Peterson, however, the Redskins are hoping that Peterson has one more big year, or at least a medium year by his standards, left in him. After all, it was just in 2015 that he led the NFL in rushing for the third time in his career as he ran for 1,485 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The Redskins would be delighted if he could get half of that total.

Any free agent signing can only be evaluated when the contract details are available. We only know that it’s a one-year deal and according to some reports he did not get any money guaranteed at signing. That seems to be a team friendly deal, but we will have to see what might kick in if he is on the Week 1 roster.

As with everything else, time will tell if this move works out. If the money is right, it’s a low risk transaction with some possible upside for Washington.

Back during minicamp while talking about how quickly Alex Smith would have to get up to speed with the offense, Jay Gruden said that the Redskins are not in a rebuilding mode and that they need to win now. After the trade for Smith, the Peterson signing is another indication that patience may be wearing thin.

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Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries


The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent running back Adrian Peterson, per multiple reports and confirmed by NBC Sports Washington.

Washington added Peterson as their running back group took a number of hits this preseason. Rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the year in the preseason opener, while Byron Marshall, Martez Carter and Samaje Perine got hurt in the second preseason game against the Jets.

Peterson is a huge name. He’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and he’s one of only a handful of rushers to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season.

His best seasons came with the Vikings, but Peterson hasn’t delivered top flight results since 2015.

If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peterson could be a tremendous steal for the Redskins. There is no way to know until he suits up in the preseason, which could happen as soon as this Friday night against Denver.

On the roster, Washington has Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Chris Thompson available at running back. At his best, Peterson is significantly better than that group.

Will the Redskins get Peterson at his best?

That’s the big question. And with two preseason games remaining, he will get the chance to prove it.

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