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Fred Smoot is adamant that the Redskins should move on from Josh Norman right now

Fred Smoot is adamant that the Redskins should move on from Josh Norman right now

The Redskins' secondary is home to two very hefty contracts, and if the team wanted to lessen that load, they could move on from Josh Norman after the 2019 season.

But during an appearance on the Redskins Talk podcast, Fred Smoot explained that he thinks the team should cut ties with Norman now. According to the ex-player, No. 24 isn't delivering on the No. 1 cornerback money Washington is paying him.

"You have to ask yourself, 'Where am I expendable?'" Smoot said on the pod. "I'm going to look at that big cap number that Josh Norman has and that's going to make me want to release him."

Earlier this offseason, Jay Gruden was frank and told the media he needs more from Norman. "Superstar status" is how Gruden labeled his expectations for the 31-year-old. 

Smoot, though, doesn't even want to wait another season. 

"You wouldn't go to a used car lot and try to pay new car prices, would you?" he said. "At the end of the day, for what we pay for this guy, we're not getting that return on that investment. I'm sorry, we paid too much for the car, it's time we trade it back in."

Now, the problem with Smoot's idea is that the 'Skins aren't exactly loaded at the position behind Norman, nor are there any useful free agents left on the market. So, if the Burgundy and Gold were to get rid of Norman this offseason, how would they replace him?

Well, Smoot believes Quinton Dunbar was the top CB in 2018 when healthy, and he has high hopes for Fabian Moreau, too. Those two, he thinks, are due for even more progress in 2019.

Then there's a rookie that Smoot is very excited about as well: Jimmy Moreland. 

"He's got a lot of what I like," Smoot said of the Day 3 selection. "He plays with a lot of emotion. He's got elite ball skills... I think he's going to be one of these guys that you find in the seventh round that's going to end up having a 10, 12-year career. This guy could be a Pro Bowler, he has that type of skill set."

Overall, Norman has two years left on the five-year deal he signed with the Redskins back in 2016. Sometimes, Washington has been hesitant to drop a player in the middle of those kinds of extended contracts. Yet Smoot sees this particular case as a potential building block for the franchise.

"The best thing you can ever have with your football team is you have to cut people that other people want on their team," he said. "If you have to cut good players, that means you have the right group of guys."

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It took until late in the third quarter for anyone to score in the Redskins-49ers game

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It took until late in the third quarter for anyone to score in the Redskins-49ers game

Sloppy field conditions on Sunday for a matchup between the Redskins and 49ers made it seem as if offense would be hard to come by at times.

Until the third quarter, offense was hard to come by at all.

Finally, with around five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the scoreless tie was broken with a 28-yard field goal by Robbie Gould of the 49ers.

Gould added another field goal in the fourth to make it 6-0. 

The low-scoring affair has featured a lot of runs, two missed field goals, turnovers and a lot of sliding around on the field.

Just when it seemed like the Redskins were going to put up a score of their own, Adrian Peterson coughed up the football. Because, of course that would happen during a game like this.

If you're thinking that this contest seems to lack points more than usual, you would be correct.

Subject to change based on how the rest of the game plays out, the teams are on pace to enter a small, sad and historic group.

They say the NFL is becoming an offensive league. This game begs to differ.

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Redskins’ Troy Apke picks off Jimmy Garoppolo for first career interception

Redskins’ Troy Apke picks off Jimmy Garoppolo for first career interception

Former fourth-round pick Troy Apke had a tough rookie season in 2018, appearing in just two games for the Redskins and only recording one tackle.

Entering play in Week 7 against the 49ers, Apke had suited up for all six of Washington’s games but had yet to make his mark on the stat sheet. That changed in the third quarter Sunday, when starting free safety Montae Nicholson was carted off with an apparent ankle injury.

The Nicholson injury forced Apke into the game, and he didn’t wait long to make an impact.

It was a huge play, coming on fourth down during the 49ers’ first drive of the second half. He set the Redskins up on their own 47-yard line with the return and appears likely to receive a majority of the snaps at free safety the rest of the game.

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