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Redskins' Dwayne Haskins, Kendall Fuller react to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' lucrative extension

Redskins' Dwayne Haskins, Kendall Fuller react to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' lucrative extension

Patrick Mahomes sent shockwaves throughout the sports world on Monday afternoon, as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback agreed to a 10-year mega-extension worth a reported $503 million.

The passer's lucrative and well-earned deal caught the attention of several NFL players, including two Redskins: quarterback Dwayne Haskins and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

Haskins, a quarterback who eventually hopes for a large payday himself, wondered about the language of Mahomes' deal and if his annual salary was tied to the salary cap.

However, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mahomes' deal is worth $503 million over that span and not tied to the team's annual cap number.

As Schefter mentioned, Mahomes' deal was unprecedented, as it's the richest in sports history. Prior to Mahomes' extension, most of the largest contracts in sports have come from Major League Baseball, a league that has no salary cap. Over the past few seasons, we've seen MLB stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Gerrit Cole ink $300 million-plus deals. 

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So, when Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller saw Mahomes' new contract, seeing his former teammate ink a deal larger than these MLB stars is what he immediately thought of.

Mahomes has a baseball background himself; his father was a pitcher for Minnesota Twins and a handful of other teams. The quarterback was quite the baseball player himself, too, and was selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. He, of course, didn't sign, but played two seasons of college baseball at Texas Tech before fully focusing on football.

After the contract he signed MOnday, Mahomes can assure himself he made the right decision by sticking with football.

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Morgan Moses most impressed with Dwayne Haskins 'knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 guy'

Morgan Moses most impressed with Dwayne Haskins 'knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 guy'

Ron Rivera might be hesitant to name Dwayne Haskins the Washington starting quarterback but right tackle Morgan Moses did not hold back with his praise of the second-year QB.

"Seeing his change, knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 QB has probably been the most impressive thing from a rookie guy that some had written off," Moses said on Friday. 

Speaking on a Zoom call with local reporters, Moses explained that Haskins' growth and improved confidence stand out compared to his rookie season. Last year it was understandable that at times Haskins would struggle with play calls or specific offensive concepts, but this year, he's taken command.

"You can hear every word he says in the huddle. Those are the things he might have struggled with the year before," Moses said. "He's developed that mental aspect of his game."

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Haskins struggled mightily early on as a rookie in a messy situation. As the year progressed and he got some understanding of life in the NFL, he improved. By the end of the season Haskins played his best football, and this offseason, it seems he's used that momentum to prepare for a big 2020 year.

"He did a great job of turning himself around this offseason," Moses said. 

While the team was unable to practice or run through organized football activities, Haskins did work out with some of the Washington wide receivers in the offseason. He also shed weight and added muscle and impressed the new coaching staff with his command of the playbook. Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner talked earlier this offseason about quizzing Haskins, and that the former Ohio State star nailed the questions. 

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In the end, however, winning the offseason won't matter. It's about what Haskins can do on the field this fall that will determine his future in Washington.

Moses said that every player in the locker room has plenty to prove this fall, to themselves and to the new coaching staff, and that includes Haskins. The biggest takeaway though is that Haskins has done his best to put himself in a position to succeed. Coaches noticed, and now players are too. 

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 

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