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Brandon Lloyd: What are the options?

Brandon Lloyd: What are the options?

What will the Redskins do about Brandon Lloyd? The Redskins gave up two mid-round draft picks and $10 million guaranteed to get Lloyd from the 49ers prior to the 2006 season. All they have received in return is 25 catches for 379 yards and zero TD's and an attitude that has ranged from lackadaisical to nonchalant. What should the Redskins do with him? Here are the options and the ramifications of each (all salary cap data courtesy of PC's Redskins Salary Cap site):

  1. Cut him now—Lloyd is scheduled to count $4.2 million against the cap in 2008. If the Redskins were to do a straight cut right now there would be an acceleration of $7.1 million in signing and option bonuses already paid. That nets out to a net charge of $2.9 million against the cap (negative savings, if you will). This would be a way to start clean under the new coaching staff, get him off the books, and not leave a lingering cap hit.
  2. Cut him now designated as a June 1 waiver—This is something that's around now for the second year. A team can cut a player at the start of free agency but have the cap hit come as though the move took place after June 1. This would push most of Lloyd's dead cap into 2009. The Redskins would save $2.4 million of cap money this year (although it will stay on the books until 6/1) and they would have a dead cap charge of $5.3 million in 2009.
  3. Cut him after June 1—The early June 1 cut is advantageous primarily to the player as it gives him a chance to find a job when the market is still lively. While it's highly unlikely that a team would give up a player or a pick for Lloyd, it might be worth keeping him around on the slim chance that someone might do it.
  4. Give him a shot at earning a roster spot—If the Redskins go with options 2 or 3, they still will be hamstrung in free agency as that $2.4 million in savings won't be available to them until after June 1. As long as that's the case, why not see if he can be productive with a fresh start, a new offense under a new coaching staff? In the event he makes it, it's a plus for Zorn and the team gets some return on its investment of cash and picks. If he doesn't (the more likely outcome), they can cut him in camp and put the $2.4 million in savings towards extending Jason Campbell or filling a need arising due to injury.

If it was up to me, I'd go with either 1 or 4. Either get rid of him, take your lumps, and move on or give him a shot at doing something. Of course, if it was up to me I would have done a simple Google search prior to making the deal and find out enough that would keep me from doing it, but that's beside the point.

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The details on Alex Smith's gruesome injury are even worse than you expected

The details on Alex Smith's gruesome injury are even worse than you expected

When Alex Smith went down in Sunday's loss to the Texans, the injury looked bad. From his reaction and the instant reaction of his teammates and coaches, it became obvious the severity of the situation. 

As soon as the video replays showed Smith's leg bend in the way it wasn't intended, the whole world knew bones were broken. 

Now, though, as details begin to emerge after Smith had successful surgery on the injury, it sounds even worse than it looked. 

On Monday, Jay Gruden explained that Smith faces a recovery time of six to eight months. That timeline puts Smith on pace to return for training camp in 2019, but that also assumes no complications from surgery and a full recovery. Smith will be 35 in May.

The Redskins acquired Smith via trade during the 2018 offseason, and immediately agreed to a contract extension with the quarterback. That deal includes $71 million guaranteed for injury.

In his first season as Redskins starter, Smith was completing 62 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards to go with 10 TDs against five INTs in 10 games before the injury. Smith guided the Redskins to a 6-3 record before leaving the Texans game and eventually landing on the injured reserve list. 

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The case for - and against - the Redskins signing Colin Kaepernick

The case for - and against - the Redskins signing Colin Kaepernick

Don't look in this space for an argument that the Redskins - who are reportedly signing Mark Sanchez as Colt McCoy's backup - should, or should not, sign Colin Kaepernick.

This space will lay out reasons why the Redskins should, and should not, consider signing Colin Kaepernick. 

It's not a binary decision. In fact, it's just about the opposite. 

Any debate about Kaepernick often gets bogged down in differing political view points. This is not the place for that. Rather, here is an attempt to make the case for or against Kaepernick from a football perspective. 

The case to sign Colin Kaepernick

  • The Redskins need a quarterback. Alex Smith broke his leg and Colt McCoy needs a backup. Of the available free agents out there, Kaepernick has by far the best stats and resume. As Chris Thompson explained of Kaepernick, "He made it to a Super Bowl." When he last played in 2016, Kaepernick had 16 TDs against just four INTs in 12 starts. 
  • Kaepernick has familiarity in the West Coast offense, and once backed up Alex Smith and played with Vernon Davis. 
  • Redskins QB coach and passing game coordinator Kevin O'Connell worked on the 49ers staff with Kaepernick.
  • Multiple Redskins players, including Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson, said that the Nike pitchman deserves another chance in the NFL. 

The case not to sign Colin Kaepernick

  • Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL for nearly two full seasons. He hasn't practiced in a professional setting for more than a year. The Redskins are competing for the NFC East title. If they have to go to a backup QB, they want somebody that is game ready. It's hard to think Kaepernick fits that bill today. 
  • Earlier this season, Redskins CB Josh Norman had some choice words for Kaepernick after Panthers safety Eric Reid spoke out against the NFL Player's Coalition. Norman is an active particpant and leader on the Player's Coalition, a social rights group that Kaepernick distanced himself from. Putting Norman and Kaepernick in the same locker room might create some friction for a first-place team. 
  • At 6-4, the Redskins are in first place in the NFC East and should still be able to win games with McCoy at quarterback. Regardless how one feels about Kaepernick's activism, it will create a side show for any organization that brings him in. Cable news outlets like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will descend on the Washington locker room should Kaepernick get signed. 

 

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