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Need to Know: Will the Redskins be aggressive in free agency?

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Need to Know: Will the Redskins be aggressive in free agency?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 12, 30 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—In case it wasn’t clear, my article yesterday wasn’t a prediction that the Redskins will win 10 games. I see that as the level they need to attain to make fans happy and keep FedEx Field from being a home away from home for fans of visiting teams. Whether they get there or not is another matter. We’ll have to see how things shake out as the offseason progresses.

—With about $31 million in salary cap space, how aggressively will the Redskins hit the free agent market? I think that the priority will be to give extensions to Jamison Crowder, Brandon Scherff and perhaps Preston Smith and to re-sign Zach Brown. Extensions of fourth-year players generally carry relatively low first-year cap hits, so even if they get all of that done, they still should have around $18 million left. They probably want to go into the season with about $8 million and they will need a couple of million to sign their draft picks. They can fit a couple of mid-tier players with the other $8 million. So, to answer the original question, not very aggressive.

—I just saw that the Bucs, who stopped playing the same day the Redskins did, fired their defensive line coach over the weekend. It’s a reminder that while the top level of the Washington staff remains intact, it’s not too late to make a change. The possibility that Jay Gruden may decide to make a change is slim but it’s not out of the question. The Colts’ hire of Frank Reich may have ripple effects that reach the Redskins’ staff. All that said, the Redskins should end up seeing what a year of stability will do.

—It will be interesting to see what the Redskins do with RB Kapri Bibbs. You know that Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson will be on the roster. It’s hard to see Gruden favorite Rob Kelley not getting a chance to redeem himself after an injury-plagued 2017 season. They will keep no more than four running backs on their 53-man roster, so if they sign a free agent or draft a running back, Bibbs could be the odd man out. Last year during the draft, Bibbs was traded from the Broncos to the 49ers with San Francisco also getting Denver’s fifth-round pick in that draft and sending their fourth rounder in this year’s draft to the Broncos. So he may have some trade value again, although it should be noted that last year he was on the street from September 1st until the Redskins signed him in late November.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 17
—NFL Draft (4/26) 73
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 208

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.