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Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland reported to be headed to Carolina

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Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland reported to be headed to Carolina

The Redskins lost a homegrown player earlier today when Kirk Cousins headed to the Vikings. They have just lost another one.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, a fourth-round pick of the Redskins in 2014, will sign with the Carolina Panthers according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Breeland quickly stepped into the starting role as a rookie when starter DeAngelo Hall was injured early in the season. He started 57 of a possible 64 games with eight interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 59 passes defensed.

Breeland’s departure has been considered likely for quite some time. They have drafted three corners in the past two drafts, added Quinton Dunbar as an undrafted free agent, and signed Josh Norman to a five-year contract with an average annual value of $15 million. The handwriting has been on the wall.

Some speculated that the Redskins might make a push for Breeland to stay after the team traded Kendall Fuller, one of the cornerbacks they had drafted, to the Chiefs as part of the Alex Smith trade. But the outlook never really changed, and his departure is not a surprise.

The Redskins have been doing a good job of keeping their drafted talent. They decided not to in this case and we will see how it works out.

Update: Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, the preliminary numbers have Breeland's deal at three years, $24 million with $11 million guaranteed. That is about the going rate for a young (Breeland is 26) starting caliber cornerback. 

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MUST SEE: Watch this incredible angle of Terry McLaurin's one-handed TD

MUST SEE: Watch this incredible angle of Terry McLaurin's one-handed TD

Terry McLaurin made the best catch of the Redskins season on Sunday in Green Bay. The rookie wideout's touchdown grab came late in the fourth quarter and brought the Redskins within one score of the Packers.

Of the play, McLaurin explained after the game he knew the ball was coming his way and he just wanted to make a play for his quarterback, and college teammate, Dwayne Haskins.

"I knew in that situation I was going to get the ball. So I just wanted to widen the hole for Dwayne," the rookie wideout said. "As soon as I hit my outside foot, he threw it, which is great timing. I stuck my hand out there and [the ball] stuck to it, so that's my first one-handed catch in my career."

The first one-handed catch of his career?

The catch, a leaping, one-handed stab at a football moving at rocket speed, seemed near impossible in real time. In fact, watching this video from Joe Glorioso, it might have been impossible after all.

For McLaurin, it wasn't impossible after all.

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New report shows Redskins interested in Eric Bieniemy for head coach

New report shows Redskins interested in Eric Bieniemy for head coach

With the Redskins at 3-10 and only three games left in the lost 2019 season, speculation about a new head coach will shift into overdrive for the remainder of the year. The newest name to watch: Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Beiniemy.

Pro Football Network's Ben Allbright reported, "Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder has been vetting applicants to try to find the ideal candidate that could maximize the talent they believe they have in quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and many in Washington believe Bieniemy can do just that."

In charge of the potent Chiefs offensive attack the last two seasons, Bieniemy has been a big part in the development of young KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In 2018, the Chiefs had the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL. This season the offense slipped slightly to No. 4 in scoring, but Mahomes also missed time with injuries. 

It should also be noted that Bieniemy and Alex Smith both arrived in Kansas City in 2013, which was head coach Andy Reid's first season with the Chiefs. At that point, Bieniemy was running backs coach, but the trio found significant success working together, with playoff appearances in four out of five seasons from 2013 to 2017.

While Smith isn't playing this year, and might not play ever again, his influence seems to be growing at Redskins Park. He's often seen on the practice fields working with rookie QB Dwayne Haskins, and should Bieniemy get the job, his biggest task would be developing the 15th overall pick. Surely, Smith's familiarity with Bieniemy would come up should he become a viable candidate for the job, if it hasn't already. 

The Redskins fired former head coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start, and interim head coach Bill Callahan deserves some credit for steadying the ship in the time since Gruden's departure. Still, Callahan does not seem a viable candidate to keep the job in 2020. 

What happens with the front office will be a significant hurdle for the coaching search, as the future for team president Bruce Allen seems tenuous. Reports have shown Allen could be a detriment to new coaching hires.

Don't expect anything to happen suddenly with Bieniemy. The Chiefs sit at 9-4 and in firm control of the AFC West. Assistant coaches typically aren't able to interview for other jobs until their playoff march is over, and the Chiefs could be poised for a deep run. 

Make no mistake, however, that Bieniemy will be a hot candidate this coaching cycle.

Could Smith's relationship help the Redskins get their man? Certainly, but the team might need to make a decision on Allen first.

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