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These 12 quarterbacks should be available if the Redskins are shopping this offseason

These 12 quarterbacks should be available if the Redskins are shopping this offseason

Here we are yet again, another offseason where the Redskins have decisions to make at the quarterback position. 

Alex Smith may not be available to start the 2019 season as he continues to recover from his horrific leg injury. If he is unable to go, which is not a given, the starting job could be open.

All signs point to Colt McCoy being the starter in Week 1. But, the 2018 backup has a history of critical injuries and only played in three games after Smith's devastating injury.

To fix this problem the Redskins may be shopping for a QB this offseason, outside of the draft, that could potentially play Week 1 or backup an injury prone McCoy. 

Already with Smith and McCoy, the team has $23.9 million tied up against the salary cap for 2019. Inexpensive options are what the Redskins need. This leans to perhaps a one-year deal being struck with emergency QB Josh Johnson coming back, but here are the pieces that could be in play for Washington (listed alphabetically):

Blake Bortles

Known for being a laughing stock at the quarterback position, Blake Bortles does have the experience of taking a team to a conference championship game. However, a 5-11 season to follow the improbable run has the Jaguars possibly looking elsewhere at QB.

Bortles is under contract for two more seasons.

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford was a big part of the NFL QB carousel last offseason and will probably be a part of it again. He played three games for the Arizona Cardinals this season (0-3) before being cut for their 2018 first-round draft pick Josh Rosen. Bradford is a former No. 1 overall pick and has three 3,000-yard seasons under his belt. 

He was rumored to be an option for the Redskins as a backup once Smith went down and before signing Mark Sanchez.

Teddy Bridgewater

Backing up Drew Brees for a season gave Teddy Bridgewater a start to end the 2018 season, but nothing more after being traded from the Jets. Bridgewater's contract is up after this season and is set to hit free agency again this offseason. He led the Vikings to the postseason in 2015, his second year in the league.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitz'magic' was alive and well to start the 2018 season, just enough to make him a sought after QB during free agency. His contract is up in Tampa Bay and Adam Schefter reports that the Bucs are continuing their future with Jamies Winston.

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco to D.C. talks began right when Lamar Jackson started over a healthy Flacco earlier this season. Our own J.P. Finlay does not think that Flacco would be a good fit, but only one other QB on the market has won a Super Bowl. He's probably way outside of the market for the Redskins given their money situation.

Nick Foles

Philadelphia's future is with Carson Wentz, but it is it will be difficult for them to keep two quarterbacks of this caliber on their roster. Foles has a player-option in 2019 with the Eagles. The 2018 Super Bowl MVP probably won't want to play backup for another season if he doesn't have to. 

Colin Kaepernick

Picking up Colin Kaepernick has been a long discussion ever since Smith got injured. We've already talked about it once, and even noted he was the best QB available at the time. He's still unsigned and the Redskins may be desperate.

Josh McCown

At 39, Josh McCown has played football for a long time. In 2018 he played three games with the New York Jets, the eighth team of his career. Will get a ninth team in 2019?

Trevor Siemian

The past year has seen Trevor Siemian as a backup in Minnesota after starting for two seasons Denver. He's still a fairly young QB and possibly would be available at a reasonable price. 

Geno Smith

As a backup with the Los Angeles Chargers, Geno Smith will be a free agent this upcoming offseason. Could be a non-expensive option as he has not started for a team since 2014 with the Jets. 

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill may be the most intriguing option of the free agent quarterbacks available this year. His huge 4-year, $77 million contract has expired, leaving the Dolphins with a team-option this offseason. Reports from the Miami Herald and Adam Schefter on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown agree that Miami will move on from their six-year starter. 

Aside from Flacco and Foles, he may be the most sought after QB this offseason. 

Paxton Lynch

UPDATE: Paxton Lynch was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks in a futures deal on Jan. 17 due to him being unsigned in 2018. He is no longer available on the market.

Lynch did not play a down of football in 2018 after being cut from the Broncos. The former 2016 first round draft only has played in five games his entire career. A lot of untapped potential left for Lynch.

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Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

For most NFL assistant coaches getting fired comes with the territory, but the key is being able to stay in the league and adapt. For former Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky that plan didn't work out. 

At least this time.

Manusky played in the NFL from 1988 to 1999, including three seasons in Washington, and has coached in the NFL in various capacities since 2001. He's served as a linebackers coach and as defensive coordinator for four different teams; the 49ers, the Colts, the Chargers and most recently the Redskins. 

That makes his new job all the more bizarre. After more than 30 years in the NFL in some capacity, Manusky moved to the college ranks, but not as a defensive coordinator. 

Manusky took a job at the University of Kentucky as a defensive quality control assistant.

Typically, quality control coaches are young guys starting out in their coaching careers. All coaches grind, but the QCs usually have to do serious grunt work. And Kentucky isn't exactly a football powerhouse. The Wildcats are best known for their elite basketball team, but the football program has been to four straight bowl games and won the Belk Bowl last year. 

It's unknown if Manusky has a connection to the program or to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, but Wildcats defensive coordinator Brad White did serve on Mansuky's staff when he was running the Colts defense from 2012 to 2015. That could certainly be the connection. 

Of the former Redskins coaching staff now all of the main players have landed new jobs. Jay Gruden is the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Kevin O'Connell is now the offensive coordinator for the Rams. Bill Callahan took over as the offensive line coach in Cleveland, and now Manusky is settled in at Kentucky. 

In 2019 the Redskins defense ranked in the bottom five NFL teams for points allowed and yards allowed and reports emerged of growing frustration with the team's defensive scheme. Washington overhauled their entire defensive staff this offseason, led by new head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. 

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Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

With Coronavirus forcing most Americans to stay home, it looks like NFL players might be just as stir crazy as the rest of the country. 

On Friday night, free agent safety Damarious Randall reached out to Redskins safety Landon Collins about possibly joining up this fall and playing together. Of course, this conversation took place via Twitter.

Randall started things out with this tweet to Collins, aka @TheHumble_21.

Collins responded, at which point some segments of Washington fans probably lost their mind. 

Check the Twitter feeds of both players for more similar, yet quite vague, interaction about playing together. 

It's important to point out that some reports suggested the Redskins had interest in Randall as a free agent. A first-round pick in 2015, Randall played three seasons for the Packers before being traded to the Browns the last two years. He's been versatile throughout his career, playing all over the field as a cornerback and then as a safety in Cleveland. Randall also has ballhawking skills with 14 career interceptions in 56 starts. 

Before people get too excited, however, the Redskins just signed safety Sean Davis from Pittsburgh. The plan with Davis is to pair him up with Collins, allow Davis to play deep center and let Collins stay closer to the line of scrimmage. 

That's the plan. Accept that. 

Could Randall still help in a secondary that lost both Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar? Sure, but the price will need to be right. 

Washington's biggest free agent signing this year was cornerback Kendall Fuller, and he got four years at more than $40 million with $23.5 million in guarantees. Davis got $5 million. The team won't spend that much to bring Randall in, and he's probably looking for more. 

It's a situation to monitor as free agency continues because the Redskins' staff has openly talked about their desire for versatile players, and Randall can help all over the field. Keep in mind though that once Davis signed, the chances of Randall coming to Washington took a big hit. 

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