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Reports show interest heating up from multiple teams in Trent Williams sweepstakes

Reports show interest heating up from multiple teams in Trent Williams sweepstakes

Since the Redskins gave Trent Williams' representatives permission to try to strike a deal with another organization, plenty of teams have reportedly shown interest in the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle.

  • Cleveland Browns - The Browns were publicly trying to trade for Williams last year, and when former team president Bruce Allen foolishly refused to hear their offer, Cleveland stopped. Now, the Browns are back on the hunt, according to The Cleveland Plain DealerFormer Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan is now in Cleveland and coaching the offensive line, which is another tie between Williams and the organization. The Browns have one selection in the first and second rounds and then two third-round picks. The Browns have about $60 million in salary cap space, enough room to make a new contract with Williams work. A trade could happen for sure.
  • New York Jets - The Athletic New York reported that the Jets are interested in Williams, and the team holds a similar bag to Cleveland: one pick each in the first and second round and two third-round picks. The Jets have about $50 million in salary cap space, but perhaps more importantly, have a young quarterback in Sam Darnold and a high-paid running back in LeVeon Bell that didn't have particularly productive seasons in 2019. Williams could boost their offense immediately.
  • Houston Texans - It might seem like a weird fit after the Texans shipped off two first-round picks and a 2021 second for a package that included left tackle Laremy Tunsil just a few months after using their 2019 first-rounder to draft right tackle Tytus Howard, but the Athletic DC is reporting that Houston is interested in Williams. He's a Texas native, so there could be some optimism there for working out a long-term extension with Tunsil just a year away from free agency. However, the Texans' draft capital took a big hit with the Tunsil trade, making their best assets one pick in each the second and third rounds as well as two fourth-rounders in the upcoming draft.
  • Arizona Cardinals - The Athletic DC also reported interest from the Cardinals for Williams. Arizona has one pick each in the first three rounds of the draft and about $40 million in salary cap space. That's not a ton of cash if Williams will command a deal around $20 million per season, but the Cardinals likely want the best possible protection for young franchise quarterback Kyler Murray. 

Of course there could be, and likely are, more teams interested in Williams than those reported so far. Additionally, NFL Network reported that the trade market for Williams has "heated up" and that Washington wants "fair draft compensation" in return for the left tackle.

What does fair draft compensation look like? Hard to know for sure, but considering the Redskins currently don't have a second-round pick, and head coach Ron Rivera called that a "burden," a second-rounder might be a good place to start. 

Should Williams get traded before the new league year opens on March 18th, the Redskins would have nearly $75 million in salary cap space available in free agency. Currently, Washington has about $62 million in cap space.

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Two examples of why ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky believes Dwayne Haskins will excite Redskins fans

Two examples of why ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky believes Dwayne Haskins will excite Redskins fans

Scott Turner was asked about quarterback Dwayne Haskins' growth this offseason during a Zoom call with local media earlier this week, and the new Redskins offensive coordinator explained he was pleased with both Haskins' physical and mental progress.

Besides raving about the second-year quarterbacks imposing size and natural arm strength, Turner also dove into specific detail about one other thing that really stood out to him about Haskins: his ability to stand tall in the pocket and deliver a throw without much space.

Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky took to Twitter on Friday, tweeting out two video examples from Haskins' rookie season where the quarterback demonstrated the qualities Turner raved about.

The first example was a clip from the Redskins Week 11 contest against the Jets. The play went down in the scorebook as a 24-yard completion to Kelvin Harmon, but what the quarterback had to do in order to make this play successful was quite impressive.

For this play, Orlovsky explained how Haskins identified where the pressure was coming from pre-snap, causing him to shift the entire protection to the left. After the running back missed his block, Haskins didn't panic. The then-rookie QB stepped up in the pocket and fired a dart to Harmon on the in-route as the receiver broke open in the middle of the field.

"This is one of my favorite plays by him last year," Orlovsky explained. "It really is an example of the intellectual aspect of quarterback play with the feel aspect of quarterback play."

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The second clip was from Washington's clash in Green Bay last season. On this particular snap, Haskins showed his mastery of the Packers' defense.

Haskins' initial read was to the right side, where Harmon was running an inside post route. But once the quarterback saw his first read was covered, he continued to look right, forcing Packers' safety Darnell Savage to slide in that direction. The passer then immediately turned to his backside, which created an open throwing lane to find Terry McLaurin in the middle of the field.

"It really shows a complete understanding of what the defense is, what the coverage is, and then a complete understanding of who on the defense he needs to move with his eyes to open up a window," Orlovsky said.

It's fair to mention that the Redskins would not win either of these games and that the rookie passer had his struggles in each of these contests. It's no secret that Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie, and there were examples of such in each of these matchups, too.

But Haskins did finish the season playing the best football of his young career, giving some hope for the future. Count Orlovsky in on those who are optimistic about the quarterback as he enters his second season with the team and his first as the team's true starter.

"There are so many examples on his tape that show how smart he actually is," Orlovsky said. 

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Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is among the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020, according to Forbes.

Cousins, who came in as the ninth highest-paid athlete overall, is the top-ranked NFL athlete on the list, coming in one spot above Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Forbes estimated the Vikings QB's earnings at $60.5 million, with $58 million coming from his salary and $2.5 million from his endorsements.

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In March, Cousins signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Vikings, one that included a $30 million signing bonus. The signal-caller originally signed with the Vikings in 2018 on a three-year, fully-guaranteed $84 million deal that at the time made him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

The Vikings signal-caller has earned over $130 million in his career thus far, according to OverTheCap.

Cousins spent the first six seasons of his career with the Redskins, with three of those years as the team's starter. The quarterback set the franchise's single-season passing yards record in 2016 when he threw for 4,917 yards for Washington. His 29 touchdown passes in 2017 were the second-most by any Redskins quarterback in a single-season.

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