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Spencer Long presents a familiar and likely affordable option at guard for the Redskins

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Spencer Long presents a familiar and likely affordable option at guard for the Redskins

The Redskins have a hole at left guard, and one player at that position they know very well just became available.

On Tuesday, the Jets released Spencer Long only one season into a four-year deal he signed in 2018. By moving on from Long, New York saves nearly $6.5 million on their 2019 salary cap and frees itself up from the rest of the money left on his contract.

Long was a 2014 third-round pick by the Redskins, and a reunion with the team that drafted him makes sense for both sides.

For Washington, Jay Gruden can no longer rely on Shawn Lauvao to be his team's starter in between Trent Williams and Chase Roullier.

Now, Long isn't a top-flight offensive lineman by any stretch and he's had some injury issues just like Lauvao, but the 28-year-old is three years younger than Lauvao and he's someone Gruden and Bill Callahan know quite well.

In addition, he's coming off of a year where he missed action with hand issues and had major problems with snapping when the Jets used him at center, meaning he could be signed on relatively cheap terms. Relatively cheap terms are something the Burgundy and Gold will be craving over the next few months.

For Long, meanwhile, returning to an organization he's familiar with could be more appealing than bouncing around to his third job in three campaigns. He tried the free agent route and it didn't work. Perhaps that pushes him back to where he first turned pro.

Because the Jets released him, Long doesn't need to wait until March to decide on his future. Instead, he can sign at anytime.

So, if the Redskins want to cross off one item on their to-do list during one of the quieter periods of the NFL calendar, they could do so by bringing Long back. It wouldn't be the most exciting move and also wouldn't have a very high ceiling, but it's still one worth exploring.

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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.

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