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Chris Thompson tops this list of Redskins who will likely move on in free agency

Chris Thompson tops this list of Redskins who will likely move on in free agency

For NFL fans, there are two holiday seasons: The one that happens in December, and the one that comes in March.

In December, folks get presents and spend time with families. In March, on the other hand, they get new additions to their football team and spend time wondering if that edge rusher really is the right fit for that system.

The holiday season that occurs in the spring, of course, is free agency. But because of all the anticipation surrounding whom every organization is going to bring onto its roster, sometimes people overlook the guys their franchise is about to lose.

So, at the risk of sounding all high school yearbook-y, here's a chance to send off a group of Redskins who seem like they're about to move on before it's time to welcome in the next wave. The following list has worn Burgundy and Gold in the past, but probably won't be in it in 2020.

Chris Thompson

Thompson has been with Washington since 2013 and would be the most recognizable piece to depart the team, which feels more likely than him returning. 

Injuries held him back from being a consistent difference maker, but there were stretches — namely 2016 and the first half of 2017 — where he was a handful for opposing defenses as a runner and receiver. Plus, his pass blocking was quite solid for a guy his size, and few people are more respected or more professional in the locker room than he is.

Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice will be the lead running backs for the Redskins in 2020, however, and a healthy (which isn't a given) Bryce Love can help replace Thompson should he ultimately leave. He wasn't ever a star, but he was excellent in his role, and the offense will absolutely feel different without him. 

Case Keenum

Keenum is the first of two QBs slated to take snaps elsewhere in the future. After the 2019 season concluded, the veteran explained that he felt he played some of his best football while with the Redskins, and he wants a chance to showcase his talents as much as possible at his next stop.

While Ron Rivera has stated he wants someone to push Dwayne Haskins, Keenum said in December he knows the team probably belongs to Haskins. Look for the confident 32-year-old to be in yet another uniform soon.

Colt McCoy

McCoy was a Jay Gruden favorite, which was a large reason he stuck around with the Redskins for so long. Unfortunately, the few chances he had to start were ruined by injuries, and with Gruden gone, he will be as well.

Donald Penn

Penn is a 36-year-old tackle, which isn't exactly a common breed in pro football. There's been no official announcement from him about a retirement, but that certainly could be his next move. He truly did an admirable job filling in for Trent Williams in 2019, but don't expect him to be in the same spot for Week 1 of 2020.

Other notables set to go: Tony Bergstrom, Caleb Brantley, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nate Orchard, special teams legend Wendell Smallwood

Those already gone: Josh Norman, Paul Richardson, Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis (retired)

Those with expiring deals the Redskins are trying to re-sign: Jon Bostic, Ereck Flowers

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VIDEO: Dwayne Haskins connects with Antonio Brown over and over in offseason workout

VIDEO: Dwayne Haskins connects with Antonio Brown over and over in offseason workout

Redskins fans will devour any video of Dwayne Haskins throwing the ball that they can get their hands on these days. 

But on Wednesday, footage emerged of Haskins throwing bomb after bomb to Antonio Brown. 

Yep. That Antonio Brown.

Haskins has had, and posted about, many offseason workouts the past few months, and most of the time, those workouts have featured teammates like Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon.

On Wednesday, however, the former Steelers, Raiders and Patriots pass catcher was on the same field as the Redskins quarterback. And they made some sweet, sweet (defender-less, pass rush-less) music together:

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As seen on Haskins' own Twitter, there were some other notable names in attendance besides Brown. Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, former NFL wideout Chad Johnson and Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith all got in some work as well. 

Is this the space where you'll find analysis on whether the Redskins should sign Brown? Nope.

Is this the space where you'll get a critique of Haskins underthrowing the Pro Bowler a time or two? Nah.

But is this the space where you'll see appreciation for one really talented person chucking a ball really high and really far to another talented person? Yes. All of the yeses. 

Those videos are fun, those videos are interesting and those videos are cool. Try not to take too much away from them other than those things, as difficult as that may be.

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Nick Sundberg thinks NFL should be cautious, follow MLB and NHL's lead in preparing for 2020 season

Nick Sundberg thinks NFL should be cautious, follow MLB and NHL's lead in preparing for 2020 season

As the NFL continues to work toward creating a plan that allows the 2020 season to start in a safe and effective way amid the coronavirus pandemic, numerous players, coaches and league officials are tasked with brainstorming the best possible solution. Among them is Washington Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg, as the special teams veteran is the team's player representative for the National Football League Players Association.

With the calendar turning to June and OTAs and other training sessions delayed, the pressure to make a decision on how teams can work together in person continues to rise. Sundberg understands the concerns but believes the best option at this point is to not rush into anything.

“I think to be cautious is the biggest thing. I don’t want to rush into anything," Sundberg told the Redskins Talk Podcast. "Especially since we have time on our side right now, we’re not missing games today, we’re months away from that.”

Sundberg is correct in saying that time is a valuable resource for the NFL right now. Unlike other professional leagues, each passing day isn't a delay of the regular season or playoffs. Leagues like the NHL and MLB are itching to get back and salvage lost seasons, football isn't there just yet as game action isn't in jeopardy until August.

Therefore, Sundberg thinks the best course of action at the current moment is to observe what the other leagues do in the coming months. They'll be back to work first, and the NFL should see how things play out and learn from successes and failures. 

From there, the NFL would have a clearer picture of what could really happen when football returns. If the results are positive, the league can follow suit. If not, it will be up to Sundberg and company to re-work the policies done by others to create more progress in the future.

“If it were me leading our approach, I would create a blueprint from the MLB and the NHL. I would wait to see what they do and see what works and what doesn’t," Sundberg said. "Compare and contrast the two leagues on how they went about the situation of getting teams in the facilities, how they went about practice, who was allowed in the building, how they went about games.”

“I would try and model, take what they do and make it better if we can. Unless they just roll out a perfect plan, then that’s our blueprint," Sundberg added.

Besides examining policies put in place, Sundberg understands the importance of looking at numbers and trends. It's one thing to see how the other leagues go about having players and staff together on and off the field, but it's another to see what the virus does in that situation. 

"Track data over a month, month and a half, six weeks," Sundberg said. "Let’s see how many players contracted, how many coaches, how many front office and staff members and that sort of thing.”

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Real-time studies based on what happens when other sports return will largely dictate what the NFL can do, but Sundberg also understands that football isn't the same as other sports. When training camp begins, rosters are a lot larger than what baseball and hockey teams carry. Certain measures may be effective for those groups of players, but what happens when a full football franchise needs to be accounted for?

Additionally, contact is a necessary element of the game. At some point, teams are going to need to run drills where players block and hit each other and it won't be able to be avoided. How does the league prepare for that level of closeness? These are all things that Sundberg and others in the Players Association have to consider when laying the groundwork.

“For us, it’s so interesting because we have 90 guys on the roster right now and we have such a big organization, you know," Sundberg said. "You can’t have 10 guys over there, 10 guys over there, 10 guys over there. You can spread out on the fields, but at some point we have to come and do some one-on-ones. Guys are going to be breathing in each other’s faces.” 

Safety for players, staff and others involved in football operations is essential, but it's not the only factor that goes into decision-making. As recent negotiations in the MLB have shown, contracts and payments will determine how the season plays out. The NFL is no different.

As Sundberg explains, NFL players are typically paid in season, as game checks and incentives make up their contract. That isn't necessarily a concern right now as the belief is that all games will be played, but there are other stipulations in tentative plans that Sundberg and other players don't agree with.

“Some of the things I’ve heard I haven’t fallen in love with," Sundberg said.

Specifically, a proposed idea on how to handle players who contracted coronavirus was not a procedure he was a fan of. During the podcast, he noted that there was a suggestion that those with the virus would be played on a two-week disabled list, rather than the Injured Reserve. However, coronavirus would be viewed as a non-football injury. In that instance, teams would not be obligated to pay the players who ended up on the list due to coronavirus.

Clearly, that wasn't something the players were going to go for.

“There’s no way a player could get the virus at work and then you say it’s a non-football injury, right?" Sundberg explained.

The long snapper's insight into how the NFL is handling the unclear future of the 2020 season has shown that a lot still needs to be done, but only time will tell how that happens. Other leagues will potentially return soon, and that can help the professional football league in its efforts to come up with the best course of action. However, tough football-specific decisions will still be on the table.

The stress and uncertainty of the time can be a lot, but it's not something Sundberg is shying away from. He was elected to help do what's best for his team and other players around the league, and he's looking forward to fulfilling that promise.

“I think there’s a lot of work that needs to happen moving forward before we even get to the point of stepping on the field for a game," Sundberg said. "But I’m kind of looking forward to cyphering through it all and seeing some of the creative things that guys that are put in place to do that have come up with.” 

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