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One year later, Redskins will finally get compensation for losing Kirk Cousins

One year later, Redskins will finally get compensation for losing Kirk Cousins

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith last January, the team made it clear that Kirk Cousins' days in Washington had ended. 

One of the longest-running soap operas in NFL history finally ended, but it ended with the Redskins getting no compensation. 

A year later, that should change. 

OverTheCap.com put out their annual list of projected 2019 Compensation Picks, and Cousins is at the top of the list. Based on the $84 million, fully guaranteed deal he signed with the Vikings, the Redskins will get a compensatory third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

That has long been the expectation. Compensatory picks are based on the contract a player signed after departing his first team in free agency, and when Cousins signed the first-ever fully guaranteed deal, it all but assured a third-round pick coming back to Washington.

Third-rounders are the highest possible awarded draft pick based on the NFL formula. 

The Redkins are also expected to get a compensatory fifth-round selection for Trent Murphy, who signed with the Bills last offseason, and a sixth-round pick for Ryan Grant, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts

Washington likely would have gotten another compensatory pick for Bashaud Breeland, who signed with the Carolina Panthers last year in free agency before the deal was voided due to an undisclosed injury on Breeland's foot. 

Earlier in the year, it looked like the Redskins might get four picks awarded via the NFL's compensatory formula, which includes free agent contracts signed as well as season-long performance. When Spencer Long signed with the New York Jets last year, he could have meant another pick for the Redskins, but his performance did not rate high enough for OverTheCap.com to include him in their projections. The Redskins did, however, give up a fourth-round pick as result of the acquisition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix before the 2018 NFL Trade Deadline.

The NFL only awards 32 compensatory picks, and the formula assigns picks based on that number. 

The Redskins have the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and hold picks in all rounds except the fourth. That selection got sent to Green Bay in a midseason trade for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Once the compensatory picks become final in late February, it's expected the Redskins will hold nine picks, with two selections in the third, fifth and sixth rounds. 

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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.

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Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.

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Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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