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Oddsmakers think the Redskins are in the market for Nick Foles, and they're quite wrong

Oddsmakers think the Redskins are in the market for Nick Foles, and they're quite wrong

For the second straight season, the Eagles find themselves in a dilemma with backup quarterback Nick Foles. The difference this year, however, is Foles won't be back in Philadelphia next season. 

There is another place Foles won't be next season: Washington. 

Bovada and other offshore sportsbooks put out odds on where Foles would end up in 2019, and weirdly, the Redskins claimed the second highest chances. 

One thing to keep in mind with Vegas odds: the point isn't to guess correctly where Foles lands, rather get the most money spent on the guesses. And a number of Redskins fans love the idea of Foles wearing Burgundy and Gold next season. 

It's just not going to happen. 

Sure, the Redskins have a need at quarterback. Alex Smith suffered a significant leg injury last season and few expect him to play in 2019. Colt McCoy is under contract for this season, and he's a great person and a capable player, but he hasn't proven an ability to stay healthy for 16 games.

And, yeah, Washington needs a quarterback and Foles is probably the best veteran passer available. How many former Super Bowl MVP QBs become available? It just doesn't happen, but the Eagles are committed to Carson Wentz as their quarterback of the future. 

Still, there are a few reasons why Foles to the Redskins is not happening. Let's make them crystal clear:

  1. C.R.E.A.M. - Foles is due $20 million this season and if he actually hits free agency, he could command more than that on the open market. The Redskins already have $24 million on the books at the QB position between Smith and McCoy. Washington cannot afford to add another QB with a salary of $10 million, let alone $20 million. Bruce Allen needs to find cash to fix a number of positions, and the team cannot go past $30 million total at the QB position, and would probably be wise to keep that number lower if at all possible. The 'Skins CANNOT afford Foles. 
     
  2. It takes two - The Eagles are doing everything possible to retain control of Foles and then trade him. It might not happen, as it requires using a franchise tag on Foles with no intention of actually working towards a long-term deal, but Philly will try. If the Eagles are able to trade Foles, they're not going to trade him in the division to Washington. This is not an aging Donovan McNabb.  
     
  3. 2020 Vision - One reason the Redskins aren't pursuing the nuclear option with Alex Smith - cutting him this offseason and taking a massive $40 million cap hit - is because some corners of Redskins Park wonder if he can play again in 2020. That question will become more clear over the coming weeks and months, and should have some level of clarity by the NFL Draft in late April. At that point, the 'Skins can and should look to draft a quarterback. A draft pick would be affordable due to the NFL rookie wage scale, and if it's a late-round pick, that player might not be ready to start by 2020 anyway. Foles and Smith can't cohabit the Redskins roster in 2020, but Smith and a second-year rookie might be able to. 
     

Redskins fans should absolutely expect a new quarterback to join the Redskins between now and the start of OTAs.

It just won't be Nick Foles. 

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Antonio Brown reveals even the Steelers agree it's time he moves on

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Antonio Brown reveals even the Steelers agree it's time he moves on

Antonio Brown won’t play for the Pittsburgh Steelers next season.

You may have thought this scenario already existed since the Pro Bowl wide receiver often publically airs his desire for a trade and frustrations with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Tuesday’s news pushed assumption to reality.

Brown met with Steelers owner Dan Rooney Tuesday. The NFL’s top receiver posted a picture of the two via his Twitter account with a summary of their conversation.

“Had a great meeting with Mr. Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues!” Brown explained. “We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod#Boomin

Multiple media reports soon followed, including one from Pro Football Talk, stating the Steelers “have agreed to trade” Brown. However, permission for Brown’s camp to speak with other teams was not initially granted.

The cost won’t be cheap despite Pittsburgh essentially backed into a corner. Considering Brown’s tremendous talent and Hall of Fame production, he’s the rare non-quarterback capable of positively altering a team’s projections. 

Green Bay, armed with two first-round picks, and San Francisco, a team Brown mentions as a future destination on social media, are among the teams likely excited by Tuesday’s reveal.

As for the Redskins, we know the need is real. Washington’s offense lacks playmakers especially at wide receiver. The team also has major concerns under center, so acquiring a top receiver before solving that passer issue feels a bit like putting the cart before the horse. There are also salary cap fears for a team without much wiggle room and a lengthy list of holes.

If, however, Washington desires a return to its off-season champion days, adding Brown is the splashy move. Now we know for sure that’s an option. 

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With franchise tag period open, will Redskins consider option with Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix?

With franchise tag period open, will Redskins consider option with Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix?

For too many years, the opening of the franchise tag period marked the true beginning of the NFL offseason in Washington. 

As the Redskins and Kirk Cousins awkwardly danced around a long-term contract for two straight years, the team deployed the franchise tag and paid their former quarterback a total of $44 million in 2016 and 2017. 

Those days are over, even if the quarterback situation remains unsettled. Things looked solid when Washington traded for Alex Smith last year, but a horrific leg injury leaves nothing but questions for the fall. 

It won't be used at quarterback, but still, the franchise tag looms. Tuesday marks the first day NFL teams can apply the tag, and the Redskins have some valuable players possibly headed for free agency. 

Preston Smith and Jamison Crowder headline the potential free agent losses for Washington. Both drafted in 2014, their rookie deals are set to expire, and the marketplace should be welcoming to both players. 

Smith had a down year statistically in 2018, registering only four sacks. In four years in the Burgundy and Gold, however, Smith has totaled 24.5 sacks along with four forced fumbles and four interceptions. He's never missed a game in four seasons either, and has the length, frame and athleticism few outside linebackers can boast. 

It will be interesting to see how many teams are in the market for Smith. This is a particularly deep class of edge rushers heading to free agency, and Rotoworld's Evan Silva ranked Smith the fifth best option with an expiring contract. The players ahead of him, however, could all get tagged by their teams, and that means Smith could become more desirable if he hits the market. 

Will Washington tag Smith? Probably not. 

Franchising Smith would mean paying him the average of the Top 5 paid players at his position in the NFL. That means more than $17 million for the 2019 season. 

The Redskins can't offer that, because Smith would sign it in a second. His market will likely pay him at least $8 million per season, and perhaps $10 million per year or more, but $17 million is way too much. Smith is good, but that's Von Miller money.

Well, what about Crowder?

Again, the money will be too much. A wide receiver, the franchise tag for Crowder would be averaged out using the salaries of players like Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown.

When healthy, Crowder is a nice player. He has quick feet and can gain separation on the inside of offensive schemes. That won't land him $16 million per season though like a tag would require. It's just not going to happen. 

Two other Redskins starters are slated for free agency: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian Peterson. 

The franchise tag for safeties carries a price tag of $12 million for 2019. Washington will not consider that for Clinton-Dix. 

The franchise tag for running backs carries a price tag of $12 million for 2019. Washington will not consider that for Peterson. 

Redskins fans, remember how much you hated the franchise tag? Well this year you won't need to worry about it.  

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