Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 27, 46 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 33
—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 38
—NFL Draft (4/26) 89
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 225

The Redskins week that was

Will Zach Brown stay with the Redskins or go? I’m not sure if the Redskins will be able to re-sign Brown. I wouldn’t call him a player the team absolutely must sign but if they don’t bring him back they need someone who can have the same impact that Brown had on the defense. Whether that means drafting Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds or finding a free agent with Brown’s sideline-to-sideline impact they can’t simply let him walk without coming up with a quality alternative. If they don’t, the defense, which actually did improve some last year, is likely to slide back downhill.

What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles Super Bowl run? As we found out, it wasn’t all about Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. I mean, Nick Foles played well in the playoffs but he didn’t carry the team to the Super Bowl the way Wentz carried them to the top seed in the NFC. They are a solid all-around team and they have been proactive about getting key players like Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery under contract before they hit free agency.


Redskins focused on quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl—They are not about to admit that Kirk Cousins like likely gone by 2019 at the latest but they sure are acting like they are QB shopping. It’s about time they did after neglecting the position for a few years while the position was in a state of uncertainty between RG3’s trials and tribulations and Kirk Cousins’ contract situation.  

Vikings QB decisions will be watched closely by the Redskins—If the Redskins don’t draft a first-round QB they likely will have to find a veteran. The Vikings have three veteran QBs and they probably can keep only one of them. This doesn’t mean that one of them will end up in Washington, but the Redskins certainly will conduct due diligence on Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Bradford between now and the start of free agency on March 14.

Tweet of the week

Since I posted this on Wednesday the replies on Twitter and the responses to an article I wrote about Smith I have come to realize that he is criminally underrated by a lot of fans and perhaps by many in the media as well. Yes, he’s inconsistent but very few edge rushers are consistent from week to week. Those who are get contracts in the $17 million-$20 million per year range. It likely will cost the Redskins around $10 million per year to keep Smith and his ability to get to the QB and cause turnovers. The Redskins should lock him up as soon as they can.

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