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Redskins top 5 salary cap bargains for 2019

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Redskins top 5 salary cap bargains for 2019

Rookie deals help a lot when it comes to finding value in an NFL contract, and the Redskins have a few players performing well on those terms. 

It's not all rookie deals though, as some veterans outperform their contract terms too. 

One player that surely would have made a bargain list was DJ Swearinger. A Pro Bowl alternate last season, Swearinger will make just $4.5 million in 2019. He won't be doing it in Washington though, as the Redskins released him following comments critical of the coaching staff. 

So who makes the list?

  1. Chase Roullier - 2019 salary: $682,000 - Where would the Redskins offensive line be without Roullier? He was the most durable player of the group in 2018, when he didn't miss a snap all season. A good performer at center, the team will need Roullier to handle protections in 2019 when the quarterback situation will be dicey.
  2. Matt Ioannidis - 2019 salary: $720,000 - He had a breakthrough third season, racking up 7.5 sacks and displaying a powerful mix of strength and agility to be a disruptive member of the Redskins rebuilt defensive front. 2019 will be the last year on Ioannidis' rookie deal, and his price tag will jump significantly in 2020. 
  3. Jonathan Allen - 2019 salary: $3.15 million - The price tag just took a big jump, but that's because Allen is a former first-round pick. In 2018, Allen registered eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He showed the ability to be dominant and provided leadership late in the year when the team was falling apart. A franchise cornerstone for $3 million is a bargain in the NFL.
  4. Daron Payne - 2019 salary: $3.2 million - The stats and description are going to be very similar to Allen, and that's a good thing. As a rookie Payne showed ridiculous strength, and he should improve in his second season with the Redskins. Payne may never be the vocal leader that Allen is, but he might emerge to be the better player down the road. 
  5. Fabian Moreau - 2019 salary: $890,000 - Cornerbacks come with hefty price tags, but Moreau is only in the third year of a four-year deal. The Redskins need to figure out if Moreau is an inside slot corner or able to play outside, but much of that will be determined by Quinton Dunbar's health and Josh Norman's future with the team. 

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Jay Gruden confirms Jordan Reed is in concussion protocol after scary hit vs. Falcons

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Jay Gruden confirms Jordan Reed is in concussion protocol after scary hit vs. Falcons

After suffering a brutal helmet-on-helmet collision from Falcons safety Keanu Neal, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was forced to leave Thursday's preseason matchup with concussion-like symptoms.

The Redskins announced in the fourth quarter that Reed would be out for the remainder of the game, being evaluated for a possible concussion. Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Reed was in the concussion protocol during his post-game press conference.

"He developed concussion symptoms, and they went in the normal protocol," Gruden said. "He was symptomatic. We followed the protocol, and here we are."

When Neal delivered the hit on Reed, No. 86's helmet flew off. Initially, Reed seemed to be okay. He spun the ball after the play, celebrating the first down, and continued to play in the game.

It wasn't until several minutes later that the tight end started to feel the concussion-resembling symptoms.

"Right after halftime a little bit," Gruden said on when the tight end first started noticing them. 

Should Reed have a concussion, it would be the seventh confirmed concussion of his career, matching the amount of NFL seasons he's played. 

Gruden was later asked whether the hit should have warranted more than just a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. 

"They got the 15-yard penalty and no ejection, I didn't notice it being that bad," he said. "I'll have to go back and watch it. We got the flag."

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In his 2019 debut, Derrius Guice proves he can be a difference maker

In his 2019 debut, Derrius Guice proves he can be a difference maker

For the first time in more than a year and just the second time ever, Derrius Guice suited up for the Redskins in live game action. The wait was worth it.

The running back was Washington's main option out of the backfield in the first half of Thursday's exhibition in Atlanta and he took advantage of the opportunity. In total, he had 11 carries for 44 yards as well as a four-yard reception.

Those numbers, while solid, may not totally excite fans. Those who watched him, however, know there's plenty to be encouraged by.

On his first attempt, Guice displayed sweet vision on a cut back toward the middle of the field for a nice seven-yard gain.

A few plays later, he took a handoff off the left side, dropped a defender with a nasty stiff-arm and then finished the sequence off by flattening another Falcon on his way out of bounds. Here's that very physical run, where Guice shows how un-fun it'll be to tackle him this season:

Near the end of that opening drive, Jay Gruden called a screen pass to get Guice involved in the passing game, too. Using him that way should keep defenses guessing when he lines up behind the QB.

His longest rush of the evening came on the team's second-to-last possession of the first half, where he got things going with a 12-yarder. He had plenty of burst on that highlight, showing no signs of any rust coming off of his torn ACL in 2018.

No. 29 had a chance to cap his night off with a touchdown with two carries from the one-yard line but unfortunately he was stuffed both times. Other than that disappointing stretch, though, Guice and Gruden accomplished what they set out to do: let him get acclimated to taking hits again while getting a feel for the NFL as well.

"I felt good man," Guice told former Redskins running back Clinton Portis during a sideline interview. "You know, a lot of people beforehand were talking about what I got to prove, this and that to who and whom. All I had to do was prove it to myself that I was healthy, and I'm back, ready to go. I'm not trying to prove nothing to nobody."

Looking ahead to Week 1, the Redskins know what Chris Thompson will provide them, and they hope Adrian Peterson can produce at a similar level to what he did last year. 

Guice, meanwhile, largely remains a mystery, but on Thursday, he hinted at what he could become. And if that hint turns into reality, then the Burgundy and Gold will have a major difference-maker on their hands.

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