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Big-name RBs set for free agency, but will the Redskins pursue Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles?

Big-name RBs set for free agency, but will the Redskins pursue Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles?

Fantasy football players from five years ago would be shocked, though in 2017, the pending release of running backs Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles should bring with it little surprise. Both players hit incredible highs during their careers, but some time has passed since for both guys, and it makes business sense for their teams to move on. 

Peterson will be 32 when Week 1 comes around this fall, and has basically missed two of the last three seasons for the Vikings. In 2016, he suffered another knee injury, and while he has proven his ability to come back from surgeries, the years are adding up. 

Charles will be 30 for Week 1, and has started just five games over the last two seasons while he dealt with injuries.

At one point, the case could be made for either player as the best running back in football, but that ship has likely sailed.

In Washington,  Robert Kelley emerged as the No. 1 RB last fall, and rushed for more than 700 yards in just nine starts. Jay Gruden said that Kelley will remain the top runner in the 'Skins offense in 2017, and players like Matt Jones, Mack Brown remain on the roster while Chris Thompson is expected back from restricted free agency. 

Still, the Redskins have no dominant running back. Could they make a run for Peterson or Charles?

It seems unlikely. Scot McCloughan has made clear he prefers to add players via the draft instead of free agency. And the GM is known not to like to spend money on players 30 and older. 

Both players have signed large contracts in their careers, so it would seem like they will set their sights on a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Sure, the Redskins could make a deep playoff run, there are always surprises in the NFL, but that would be unexpected, even with Kirk Cousins back at quarterback.

Then there is the offensive system. Peterson is a volume back that's not a great pass blocker. That just doesn't sound like a fit in the Washington system. Charles excelled in the pass game, and would make more sense for the Redskins, but still seems like a long shot.

This offseason is crucial for the Burgundy and Gold. Cementing their quarterback position remains the highest priority. The organization put the exclusive tag on Kirk Cousins, perhaps meaning a long-term deal will get worked out. The team also must really work to rebuild their defense. Spending on a big-name, veteran running back just doesn't seem like it fits the team's list of needs. 

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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