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Redskins showed interest in Eric Weddle before he signed with the Rams, per source

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Redskins showed interest in Eric Weddle before he signed with the Rams, per source

The Redskins reached out to Eric Weddle before he ultimately signed with the Rams, a source told NBC Sports Washington.

Los Angeles put out a tweet on Friday teasing the signing.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport then gave information on the contract.

Weddle, 34, was released by Baltimore earlier this week, most likely due to the fact that he represented a $6.5 million cap hit for the upcoming season. Despite earning his third consecutive Pro Bowl nod in 2018, Weddle did not generate a single turnover while starting every regular season game along with Baltimore's Wild Card appearance. This was following a 2017 campaign in which Weddle had six interceptions.

Still, with the lack of production, the safety can be a valuable addition to the Rams, providing experience both on the field and in the locker room. Though Weddle initially said he would retire if he was not brought back by Baltimore this offseason, the money, proximity to his family and chance to win a Super Bowl must have changed his mind.

Though the Redskins could have benefited from the addition of Weddle, this doesn't tank their offseason in any fashion. Washington is in need of safety help, with D.J. Swearinger's departure and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's questionable future in D.C. Luckily for them, there are plenty of other options.

A strong safety group enters free agency this offseason, including former Giants safety Landon Collins. As has been discussed, the 25-year-old is someone the Redskins will have on their radar in the coming days

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Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

A few days ago, Ron Rivera identified Kyle Allen as the Redskins' contingency plan if Coronavirus really disrupts the NFL's offseason. Well, Peter King expects the team will ultimately have to use that plan.

During an interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, the longtime football analyst explained that he, like most, is unsure what's going to transpire over the next handful of months. However, King thinks the pandemic will continue to change offseason programs and also have a "major" effect on training camp.

And if those consequences come to fruition, he's confident Allen will prove to be the team's best option to start.

"I believe the way that this year is moving that it's pretty likely that opening day, at quarterback for Washington, is not going to be Dwayne Haskins," King told Redskins Talk. 

While some originally accosted the Burgundy and Gold for giving up a fifth-round pick in their trade for the ex-Panthers passer, King actually praised it. The transaction, in his mind, was "very, very smart" and gives the Redskins viable insurance if Haskins isn't able to pick up a new system because of a truncated schedule. 

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"If you're Ron Rivera, you want a guy who you know can walk in Day 1," King said. "If you have to face the New York Giants on September 13, you want a guy who knows everything about Scott Turner's offense and who's well-versed in everything he's going to have to do."

To be clear, King explained that it wouldn't even really be Haskins' fault in the above scenario. In a regular year, he makes much more sense as the Redskins signal caller in 2020, and Rivera recently revealed that's the way he's leaning for now, too.

Yet at some point, if the 2019 first-round selection is only able to communicate with his new coaches through a phone and not face-to-face on a field, Allen's experience with Rivera and Turner may end up as the difference in a competition. 

Should that occur, King will monitor how Haskins handles it. His reaction could be telling.  

"Obviously, it's not an ideal situation for Dwayne Haskins," King said. "But if you can't, in this particular situation, if you can't adapt and adjust, then I would really question whether you're the guy for this job for the long haul.

"I would really question your value to this team."

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Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

The Trent Williams saga has taken multiple twists and turns over the past year, but the standoff between the left tackle and the Redskins is currently at a stalemate.

The left tackle has one year remaining on his contract with the Redskins, but it's nearly impossible to imagine Williams playing another snap for the Burgundy and Gold.

"In Trent's situation, it was bad. There was no way he [can] be a Redskin again," former Redskins QB Joe Theismann told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson. "The relationship [has] become so toxic, it just [can't] continue in that vein."

The saga began when the left tackle held out from the OTAs last June through the first eight weeks of the 2019 season after he found out Redskins team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his brain for nearly six years. Williams reported to Washington minutes before the trade deadline last season and planned to return, but the Redskins placed him on the Non-Football Injury list days later, ending his season without No. 71 playing a snap.

After the 2019 season concluded, the Redskins organization had a massive overhaul. Longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired along with head athletic trainer Larry Hess. While Williams maintained silence throughout his entire holdout, unhappiness and a lack of trust with Allen and the medical staff were rumored to be the two main reasons he stayed away from the team. 

But according to Theismann, there was another factor that kept No. 71 away from Redskins Park.

"He didn't like Bruce Allen, basically. He didn't feel like communication was going well with them," Theismann said. "He didn't like the training staff because what had happened regarding a diagnosis with him. Then all of a sudden, those issues were taken care of. Bruce isn't there anymore, the training staff isn't there anymore. Now it's about money."

The Redskins brought in well-respected head coach Ron Rivera, who attempted to convince the left tackle to return to the team. But Theismann believes that Williams, whose contract has around $15 million remaining, wants a new deal that will pay him like a premiere left tackle in the game, which is something Rivera and the new staff are not ready to do.

"He's going to be a 32-year-old tackle and he wants a longer-term contract. He wants money," Theismann said. "He gave away half his salary last year, which was approximately $7 million that you're never going to get back, especially in this environment. So the Redskins basically said, 'Hey Trent, see what you can get. Let's see if we can work a deal out.' Well, no suitors have come to the table."

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Williams was given permission to seek a trade by the Redskins last month, but the left tackles camp has been unable to find a trade partner for what the Redskins deem as fair value for the seven-time Pro Bowler.  Last week, Williams' agent ripped to Redskins for "not acting in good faith" and blamed the lack of a trade solely on the Redskins.

The left tackle turns 32 in July and has not played a full season since 2013. The combination of the two makes Theismann believe some teams are hesitant to invest a lot of money in Williams.

"He's not the young guy he was once before. He was one of the best tackles in football," Theismann said. "We were very thankful to have him, and he was compensated accordingly. 

"Time is not your friend when you reach certain stages in football," he continued. "Most players, as you get the middle part of the thirties, especially as offensive linemen, you're just not sure you're going to be able to continue doing what you're doing and be compensated in a way that's worth your while."

Just a month before Williams signed a five-year extension with the Redskins back in August of 2015, longtime pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan also signed a multi-year deal with the team. Williams and Kerrigan were back-to-back first-round picks in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and two of the team's best players over the past decade.

Theismann believes if Williams played out the 2019 season the way Kerrigan did, he may have earned himself a new deal with the team. While Kerrigan has yet to earn another extension from Washington, Rivera has stated that the pass rusher is a part of the team's future.

"In Trent's case, I feel like there was just a lot of conversation about him," Theismann said. "It's time for him to move on and the Redskins to move on, and I believe that's where they are right now. With a little bit of luck, he'll catch on somewhere, and I wish him all the luck in the world. But you got to be realistic for the numbers you are asking for at that age."

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