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No winners in Round 1 of Trent Williams against the Redskins

No winners in Round 1 of Trent Williams against the Redskins

Trent Williams reported to the Redskins on Tuesday afternoon, and in doing so, guaranteed he wouldn't be traded in the 2019 season. 

He also guaranteed that the 2019 season would count on his contract, getting Williams one step closer to possible free agency in 2021 and removing a valuable year of control from the Redskins should a trade ever materialize in the offseason. 

Now with Williams back the plot really thickens. If things were moving like maple syrup last week, now it will be molasses. 

For months Williams has stayed away from the team. Some reports say it was a distrust of the medical staff, others say it was a fractured relationship with the front office, and some folks will tell you it's because Trent wanted a new contract. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle, but the truth is that Williams is now back with the organization. 

And the Redskins have a serious problem.

How can Williams go back and deal with the Redskins medical staff? How can a team at 1-7 look at themselves honestly and not trade a disgruntled star player? How did things get here, and can they possibly get better?

The best scenario for the Redskins is Williams comes back and says all the right things. He starts practicing. While it seems highhly unlikely he plays this week, or ever according to sources, things could play nice for a day or two.

Or the team could find some obscure list to place Williams, a spot where he can't play or practice, and just maybe, they don't have to pay him either. 

Take 100 people and ask them how things will work out between the Redskins and Williams, at this point, after eight misses gamed and the team's refusal to trade him until 36 hours before the trade deadline. Even the most bullish Redskins fan wouldn't predict great success with the team and the tackle, and most folks would expect more trouble.

The team also needs to add Williams to the active 53-man roster if the plan is for him to play in games. That will require a corresponding roster move, and on some level, an official announcement. 

In the end though, Williams squared off with the Redskins about his future. The Redskins didn't blink, didn't fold, but it doesn't seem like they made the organization better in the process. Williams showed up, at the last possible second and likely as a long-term means to leave Washington.

This was just round one of an ugly fight, and the team might have lost more than the player, but nobody won. 

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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