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Sports Junkies: Jay Gruden not consulted on Redskins' free agency moves

Sports Junkies: Jay Gruden not consulted on Redskins' free agency moves

Over the last two weeks, the Redskins have signed safety Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million deal, quarterback Case Keenum to one-year deal worth $3.5 million and agreed to a new contract with veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Friday.

Jay Gruden has reportedly been left in the dark on some of these decisions. 

"I'm told he's not being consulted on any of these moves as of Friday," Eric Bickel of 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies said Monday. "I'm told he heard of the Landon Collins signing through the media, a guy in the media texted him. He's super frustrated. Bruce [Allen] is calling all the shots. They're not consulting Jay at all. As of Friday, Jay was like 'we have so many needs. We need linebackers. We need outside receivers, we have all these things.' And they had basically signed a backup quarterback and Landon Collins."

Typically within NFL teams, head coaches are consulted on player acquisitions and are present in the draft room to provide their input. This doesn't seem to be the case for Gruden and the Redskins.

"I'm telling you this is true," Bickel says. "I know this to be true that Jay is super frustrated."

"He's not being consulted, they have a ton of needs, and it's just Bruce out there doing whatever he wants." 

Even if he wasn't involved, Gruden told reporters last week that he was incredibly excited about Collins coming to Washington. "He's a major problem for offenses," he said.

The Collins move has been mostly well-received by fans. Collins, who inked a contract worth $84 million, gives the Redskins some much-needed help at a position where they've been weak for years.

"You can only be optimistic," veteran Vernon Davis told NBC Sports Washington. "I feel that he's a tremendous asset."

Keenum, while not a splashy move, gives the Redskins a safe - and affordable - option at quarterback with Alex Smith sidelined.

For the Sports Junkies, they see this as a sign Gruden could be nearing the end of his time in D.C..

"It's indicative, this is what happens when a coach is on their way out," Bickel adds. "They kind of get iced out of decisions. The organization is kind of planning without them. And barring a miracle, I think we all know this, it doesn't take any insight, I think Jay will be gone at the end of this year."

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country's sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes "the good work being done by many teams and players" to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.

After the conference call that included the president, two of his advisers and 13 sports commissioners ended, ESPN reported that Trump "believes the NFL season should start on time in September."

The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and MLB postponing the start of its season.

The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field. No representatives of the NCAA were reported to be in the call.

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The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his "national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry." He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.

A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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