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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—50-50 success for Doctson, Taylor's potential impact

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—50-50 success for Doctson, Taylor's potential impact

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 7, 19 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

What will the Redskins do with their remaining salary cap money? Their remaining cap money stands at about $15 million after accounting for what they need to pay their draft picks. Should they go after more free agents? Re-sign their own? Perhaps rolling it over might be the best options (see the Tweet of the week below). 

Redskins' Doctson needs 50-50 chances to be successful—We will see if Jay Gruden talking about how the quarterback needs to throw to Josh Doctson even when he doesn’t have separation from his defender is a legitimate criticism of Kirk Cousins or just a gratuitous parting shot. “His 42-inch vertical is documented, so that’s where he gets his separation, by leaping and adjusting to the ball,” said Gruden at the NFL meetings. Cousins targeted Doctson just 78 times in 16 games. Will Alex Smith give Doctson more opportunities to make plays? We will see.

Can Taylor make an impact with the Redskins after missing three seasons? In the media, we root for a good story and few stories would be better than seeing Phil Taylor make it all the way back and have a productive season after missing three full seasons. What does history say about his chances? An emphatic maybe.

Fact and fiction in Redskins running back search—While what JP Finlay says here makes some sense, I’m not sure that I buy it. While the Redskins are far from locked in on getting a running back with their second-round pick, I think running back is perceived as more than just a luxury acquisition. The desire to upgrade is real. If they wait until the fourth round, the ability to do that is severely hindered. If the right RB is there at No. 44, they will grab him. 

Tweet of the week

Some interpreted this tweet as hitting the panic button. The key is reading the entire tweet and getting to the part where it says, “Could shape the draft”. They may have to make some moves to get some salary cap breathing room next year and the time to start preparing for doing that is in this year’s draft, not next February when you may need to create holes in your depth chart without having any idea of how to fill them. The bottom line, don’t be surprised if there are some surprising picks. They will make more sense in 2019. More details are in this post.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 9
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 110
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 155

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Report says Redskins were chasing after Joe Flacco before he landed in Denver

Report says Redskins were chasing after Joe Flacco before he landed in Denver

Baltimore traded quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver last week, and things might have moved quicker between the Ravens and the Broncos because another team had interest.

That team? The Washington Redskins. 

That's the story presented by a pair of Denver radio hosts last week. 

There are a few important things to note.

Redskins team president Bruce Allen handles trades for the team, and it's possible he reached out to Baltimore on Flacco. That could mean just one perfunctory phone call, or a real conversation. 

The reality, however, is the Redskins don't have close to the cap space needed to add Flacco.

In 2019, Flacco's contract will count more than $26 million toward the salary cap. The Redskins are only $17 million under the cap. Just on the most basic level, acquiring Flacco wouldn't have worked. 

Can teams move salary around or cut players to add room? Sure. But keep in mind, Washington already owes QB Alex Smith more than $20 million this season even though he's unexpected to play. Between Flacco, Smith and Colt McCoy's $4 million salary, that would have been about $50 million in quarterback salary on the Redskins roster this season.

That's preposterous. 

If you want to believe the Redskins were seriously looking into the trade, there are some loose ends. When the team acquired Alex Smith last season, the number one reason provided was that Smith wins games. Well, the same can be said about Flacco. 

A 34-year-old quarterback with a Super Bowl ring and a long track record of impressive playoff performances, Flacco has a career 96-67 regular season record and a 10-5 record in the playoffs. 

There's also this: Reports show Denver sent a fourth-round pick to Baltimore to get Flacco.

The Redskins don't have a fourth-round pick this year after acquiring Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in mid-season. Is it possible the 'Skins talked about a fifth-round pick for Flacco, especially because the team holds two selections in the fifth round? In turn, maybe Denver offered a fourth to beat the Redskins offer? Sure, it's possible.

But again, adding Flacco's contract to the Redskins salary cap situation would be insane. In the end, follow the money.

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

NEW YORK  -- Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

Kaepernick's lawyer tweeted an identical statement.

Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina.

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