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Charley Casserly explains why he would take Joe Flacco over Kirk Cousins

Charley Casserly explains why he would take Joe Flacco over Kirk Cousins

His first eight seasons in the NFL, Joe Flacco won a Super Bowl and signed a $120 million contract. It was not until Flacco's ninth season, however, that the Ravens quarterback passed for more than 4,000 yards.

Named Redskins QB1 in 2015, Kirk Cousins threw for more than 4,000 yards his first full season. In 2016, Cousins nearly got to 5,000 passing yards, passing for 4,917 yards. 

Despite the difference in statistics, long-time NFL personnel executive and former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly still would take Flacco over Cousins.

"Let me say this, if I’m picking Joe Flacco or [Cousins], I'm taking Joe Flacco," Casserly said Tueday on The Junkies (full video above). 

The Redskins again face a huge decision with Cousins, as their passer is slated for free agency unless the organization can reach a long-term deal or deploys the franchise tag for a second straight season. Asked if he considered Cousins a Top 10 NFL quarterback, Casserly was clear.

"No. Uh uh."

Casserly went on to explain that Cousins puts up impressive stats, like more than 9,000 passing yards in two seasons as starter, but that he has not been able to win big games.

"Here's the tough thing, you got two years on him now, is this the guy? Guy put up great stats, a lot of good players around him, great stats though. The defense kept them out of the playoffs [in 2016], I'd say, not him," Casserly said. "But he ended both seasons in big games not on a good note. So is this kind of what we got? The league thinks, a lot of people in the league think, that's what he is."

The two games Casserly's referring to would be a pair of season-ending losses.

In 2015, that came at home in a playoff loss to the Packers, where Cousins completed 29 of 46 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked six times in that game, where the numbers look more impressive than the game play did. 

In 2016, the season again ended with a disappointing home loss. This time the Redskins fell to the Giants. Washington needed a win to reach the playoffs, while New York had little to play for after already clinching a playoff spot. In that game, Cousins completed 22 of 35 passes for 287 yards to go with one touchdown and two interceptions. Cousins was sacked four times in that game, but the play most remember is the interception he threw late in the game when the Redskins were driving with a chance to take the lead or tie the game. 

Judging Cousins by the two games against the Packers and Giants is naive, the QB needs to be considered for his entire body of work. Yet, it's obvious those two games left an impression with Casserly and elsewhere in the NFL.

What happens next for the 'Skins and their signal caller will face much scrutiny. Is Cousins worth a long-term contract that would likely go for more than $110 million if he's not considered a Top 10 passer? Or is that simply what the market dictates for a starting quarterback in the NFL?

"This is a tough one now. There's no easy answer to this one," Casserly said.

The GM of the 'Skins 1991 Super Bowl team explained that his "gut" says Washington will use the franchise tag on Cousins. A second-franchise tag brings with it some questions, especially about the long-term prospects of signing Cousins in 2018 and beyond. 

For Casserly, basically another franchise tag means the team does not want to give Cousins a long-term deal. 

"That's the decision," he said. "If we don’t think we can get him signed, why go through another year."

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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