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Don't expect the Redskins to pursue Cam Newton in 2020

Don't expect the Redskins to pursue Cam Newton in 2020

Yes, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will likely be on a different team next year. No, that team will not be the Redskins.

It's easy to piece together why some fans may want the Redskins to target Newton. Washington has struggled significantly on offense this season, and it's currently in a 13-quarter touchdown drought.

Cam has been a Pro Bowler multiple times and even has an MVP award under his belt. Health is a concern, as Newton has been out since Week 2 and will miss the remainder of the 2019 season. But if healthy, Newton would be a quick fix at a position Washington has had six different players start at since Kirk Cousins departed in 2018.

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay was asked on Twitter whether the Redskins would consider the move. Finlay, alongside Pete Hailey and Mitch Tischler, discussed on the Redskins Talk podcast whether the Burgundy and Gold should consider signing Newton if he becomes available during the offseason. 

You can listen to the debate at the 17:30 mark.

"The Redskins will not be in the running for Cam Newton," Finlay said. "Let's be crystal clear about that. I don't understand why anyone would think they would."

"Why would fans want that?" Hailey asked Finlay.

"Are the Redskins going to be in the market for a name quarterback?" Tischler asked.

"No," Finlay said.

All three were in agreement that the Redskins will bring in another quarterback, but that player would be a lower level, backup quality player.

"Dwayne Haskins is there, and as of right now, Alex Smith is lurking in the background," Tischler said. "They are going to have to bring in somebody else, but it's not going to be somebody you expect to be starting level."

ESPN's Redskins Insider, John Keim, joined the Redskins Talk podcast and weighed in on the discussion, too.

"I even asked someone there recently, 'Would you guys go out and get a veteran free agent who could possibly start?'" Keim said. "They said, 'You can't put Dwayne on the bench for two years.'"

All signs point to Haskins being the Redskins' Week 1 starter in 2020. Only time will tell whether or not that ends up happening.

But the Redskins will not be signing Cam Newton, even if he becomes available. 

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    After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

    After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

    The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

    In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

    He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

    Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

    If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

    Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

    Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

    If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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    Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

    Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

    The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

    But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

    The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

    It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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