Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 10, four days before NFL free agency starts.
The Redskins week that was
Redskins made a big mistake with Kirk Cousins—Fans could look at this headline a few different ways. Some think that the team made a mistake in letting Cousins walk away, that they should have found a way to get a deal done. Others think they made a mistake by keeping him around for two years with $44 million in salary leading to zero playoff appearances. The article is about neither of the above, take a look to see what JP Finlay had to say.
Could combine performances of Smith, Edmunds affect Redskins' free agency strategy—Player acquisition is divided up into free agency and the draft, but the reality is that one affects the other. I doubt that Redskins will sign a free agent running back because the draft pool will let them get one who is younger, cheaper, and with less punishment on his body. And the supply of inside linebackers at the top of the draft could affect how they deal with Zach Brown.
News and notes from the NFL scouting combine—There are lots of interesting nuggets in here. My favorites were interest in an LSU running back and a Washington nose tackle.
Five running backs who could be on the Redskins' draft radar—This is, of course, a very limited look. I’d guess that the Redskins have it narrowed down to 15 or so backs on whom they are doing some serious work.
Tweet of the week
This was in response to an SNF on NBC tweet that read “Washington wasn’t willing to commit to Kirk Cousins.”
This tweet got a lot of blowback, much of which was of the simple kneejerk variety. To some, Cousins reacted to everything perfectly rationally while the Redskins were unfair and acted in bad faith. Others think that Cousins was at fault for simply signing the tags the Redskins gave him, not being very interested in negotiating and being greedy.
The simple truth is that a deal was always unlikely to happen. The Redskins were not interested in paying him what he would get on the open market. He did not want to give the Redskins a hometown discount. That makes him smart in a business where careers are short and teams will let you go the moment you no longer serve their purposes, not greedy.
If Starbucks is negotiating to put a new store in the strip mall near your house and the deal isn’t completed, nobody was greedy, and nobody was necessarily dealing in bad faith. It’s just a possible business deal that didn’t come to fruition. The Redskins-Cousins saga played out on a much bigger stage than the Starbucks lease negotiations but it’s essentially the same thing.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 37
—NFL Draft (4/26) 47
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 183
In case you missed it
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