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Report: Montae Nicholson cooperating with authorities following a woman's death

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Report: Montae Nicholson cooperating with authorities following a woman's death

(This post has been updated. Please see below for the latest updates.)

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson is cooperating with police following the death of a 21-year-old woman, according to TMZ Sports.

According to the report, Nicholson has not been arrested or charged for any matter in regard to the woman's death. It is thought, sources told TMZ, that the woman died of a drug overdose.

Nicholson was not at Redskins practice on Thursday afternoon as the team is preparing to play the New York Jets on Sunday. He did return to practice on Friday. The Redskins have released the following statement:

"We’ve been made aware of the tragic event and extend our deepest sympathies to the family who lost a loved one. Our team has alerted the league office and is cooperating with local authorities. We fully support law enforcement and respect their process as they investigate the matter."

Update: The victim's father, Herman "Butch" Crabbe, told the Washington Post that his daughter had been dating Nicholson for about six months.

According to the report, Nicholson took her to the hospital after she collapsed in the bathroom at his house. 

According to Herman Crabbe, Nicholson called Julia Crabbe's brother to tell him that Julia had collapsed. Her brother told Nicholson to call 911, but Nicholson and an unidentified man took the victim to the hospital, which they reportedly believed would be quicker than calling an ambulance because it was close to his house. 

More from the report, which you can read in full here:

Herman Crabbe said his daughter modeled and worked at a hotel. “My daughter had the world in her hands, and she was very smart,” Herman Crabbe said. “I’m torn up right now. She got mixed up in something, and I wish I had known.”

Update: A search warrant made public by Loudoun County officials on Tuesday showed that pills, marijuana and foil with residue were found at Montae Nicholson's apartment by police after the death of 21-year-old Julia Crabbe earlier this month.

According to the Washington Post, the warrant did not say who the drugs belonged to. Nicholson's lawyer, Mark Dycio, told the Post that the drugs didn't belong to his client. 

“Montae would have no knowledge of the drugs because they belonged to a guest,” he said. “It’s a tragic story. It’s a tragedy that the news is focused on where she died instead of the drug epidemic ravaging the country.”

Nicholson, who played in the Redskins' loss to the Jets on Sunday, has not been charged with a crime and has been reportedly cooperating with officials. 

Crabbe's mother Tisha Lewis, in an interview last week with Fox 5, questioned if Nicholson could have done more to help her daughter after she was reportedly found unconscious in his bathroom.

“His actions, he could have handled it differently. Would it have changed anything? We don’t know. He could have handled it differently,” said Lewis.



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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 



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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.