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Landon Collins, CJ Mosley highlight possible Redskins fits that could hit free agency

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Landon Collins, CJ Mosley highlight possible Redskins fits that could hit free agency

For weeks, if not months, the general consensus pointed to elite defenders like Landon Collins and CJ Mosley getting tagged by the Giants and Ravens, respectively.

Not anymore. 

Reports came out on Monday showing that Baltimore does not intend to put the franchise tag on Mosley, and New York won't tag Collins either. 

The news from New York comes as a surprise, as most expected the Giants to keep Collins around using the tag. At safety, the franchise tag would have carried an $11 million, fully guaranteed salary for the 2019 season. Collins has been clear that he would not be happy playing on the tag and would skip the Giants offseason workouts if he got tagged. 

Maybe those threats worked, or maybe the Giants decided that a long-term deal with Collins wasn't going to happen. 

The franchise tag deadline will not hit until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, so until the clock goes final, nothing is a done deal. Still, Collins on the free agent market would have a number of suitors. 

Pro Football Talk ranked Collins the No. 8 free agent available this offseason, and five of the players ahead of him on the list have already been franchised.

Collins would be a fit with the Redskins, who have giant holes at safety after releasing DJ Swearinger last season. Without making some salary shedding moves, Washington cannot afford Collins, who will likely be looking for a long-term deal that starts with at least a $10 million salary and a hefty signing bonus. 

At his best, Collins is an elite safety. In his second season in the NFL in 2016, Collins made the All Pro team, registering five interceptions and four sacks to go with 125 tackles. 

2016 was also the last year Collins played a full 16-game slate. After not missing a game in 2015 and 2016, he's missed five the last two seasons, including the final four games of 2018.

Even with the injury last season, Collins would be a great fit for the Redskins. Another former Alabama star, he's young and a playmaker, even if his numbers the last two seasons don't touch what he did in 2016. 

Being a great fit doesn't mean the Redskins can afford Collins though. For Washington to make a run at the Giants star, Bruce Allen will need to start cutting guys to make cap space. 

At inside linebacker, Mosley is not as much of a need, but he's still a big-time player. 

He's made the last three Pro Bowls for the Ravens, and has only missed three games in his five-year career. He piles up tackles and is a strong leader for the Baltimore defense. He's also another former Alabama star, and young. 

But for Washington, it appears the plan is to roll with a different former Alabama star at inside linebacker in Reuben Foster. First the linebacker needs to be taken off the Commissioner's Exempt list, where he landed last fall shortly after signing with the Redskins. Foster's history is complicated, he dealt with two domestic violence accusations in 2018 and also a drug suspension, but when he's on the field, he makes plays. 

Mosley seems an unlikely target for Washington.

Jay Gruden's team still has Zach Brown under contract, a speedster linebacker that was great for the club in 2017 but his numbers slipped a bit in 2018 while he dealt with an oblique injury. Brown's hefty 2019 salary makes him a possible cap casualty, particularly considering he was benched late in the 2018 season. 

It's also possible Mosley stays in Baltimore, just at a more reasonable price than the franchise tag allows. In the NFL formula, the franchise tag groups all linebackers together, so outside linebackers that collect sacks and pressure quarterbacks get lumped in with the tackling bunch of players that play inside linebacker. 

That means the price tag for Von Miller and Khalil Mack drives up the tag for guys like Mosley. And much like running backs, the NFL has started to devalue the playmakers in the middle of defenses. 

Don't expect Mosley to move south down I-95 and land in Washington, but never say never either. `

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Chase Young, potential Redskins No. 2 pick, does not plan to work out during NFL Scouting Combine

Chase Young, potential Redskins No. 2 pick, does not plan to work out during NFL Scouting Combine

Chase Young has thrown a wrinkle into this week's NFL Scouting Combine, as the Ohio State pass rusher does not plan on participating in drills during the event. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the news first.

Young will still fly to Indianapolis for the combine, as he will be present for medicals and interviews, according to Rapoport. All 32 NFL teams are permitted to individually interview 45 different NFL Draft prospects at the combine.

With LSU quarterback Joe Burrow likely headed to the Bengals with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is widely expected to be selected by the Redskins with the No. 2 overall pick.

As it stands now, Young's draft stock is practically as high as it possibly could be. Thus, his decision to sit out combine drills is not necessarily a surprising choice. The 20-year-old also has the opportunity to showcase his talents during Ohio State's Pro Day, which will occur sometime between the middle of March and the beginning of April.

Several current Redskins, including Young's former Buckeye teammates Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin, have lobbied for the Burgundy and Gold to select Young.

NFL experts have wavered back and forth on what Washington should do with the pick. NBC Sports' Peter King thinks Washington could "remake their franchise" by trading the pick and acquiring multiple assets. Chris Simms doesn't think the Redskins should lock in on Young, either.

But most NFL experts believe Young to Washington should be a done deal. Danny Kanell says the team should take Young and not look back. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said Washington should take Young unless a team "blows their doors off" with a trade offer. Almost every single mock draft across all websites has the Redskins inking Young with their pick.

The NFL Draft is eight weeks away and a lot can change between now and then. The Scouting Combine workouts begin on Thursday with tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers taking the field.

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Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson carved up the visiting DC Defenders for 278 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night in the Los Angeles Wildcats' commanding 39-9 victory.

The Wildcats obliterated Cardale Jones (13-of-26, 4 INT) and the Defenders, who fall to 2-1 on the season.

Johnson completed passes to eight different receivers, including William and Mary standout Tre McBride, who was traded from the Defenders to the Wildcats in the preseason.

McBride finished the night with five catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson played for the Redskins during the 2018 NFL season, suiting up for the final four games after the team lost both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to season-ending injuries. Johnson led the Redskins to a 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars during Week 15, throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson was selected by the Wildcats in the XFL Supplemental Draft in Nov. 2019. 

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