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DeSean Jackson want to remain with Redskins but money will be an issue

DeSean Jackson want to remain with Redskins but money will be an issue

DeSean Jackson says he wants to remain a Redskin. But is that even possible?

I want to be here,” the veteran wide receiver said, speaking on Redskins Nation on CSN. He said that his family is now in the area and that he has no desire to relocate.

What he said during his talk with Larry Michael was not the first sign that he might want to sign another contract with the Redskins. Jackson recently put out a post on Instagram showing him working out in the weight room at Redskins Park. Normally this time of year his social media is filled with nothing but photos of Jackson vacationing in some exotic destinations (and there are some of those, too). But it is noteworthy that he made sure to put out the message that he is serious about getting ready to play in 2017.

While he is letting the Redskins know that he is committed to taking care of his body, which now is 30 years old, it also sends the same message to the other 31 teams out there.

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Not wanting to uproot your family and demonstrating your commitment to being ready for the season is great. But ultimately this will come down to money and the Redskins and Jackson have very different agendas when it comes to agreeing on a deal.

From Jackson’s point of view, this is his last shot at a big payday. It will be a three- or four-year deal so he will be 33 or 34 when it expires. A speed receiver can probably find work at that age but the big money won’t be there like it will be this time around.

The Redskins have their own set of financial realities. Although they have around $62 million in salary cap space and the ability to create more, they have other players they want to re-sign. One of them is quarterback Kirk Cousins, who could take up as much $24 million of that cap space. They also may want to bring back Pierre Garçon, another 30-year-old wide receiver who will be looking for a contract similar to Jackson’s.

The Redskins can afford both Jackson and Garçon this year; they have had them on the books the last three years. But they soon must deal with Jamison Crowder. The 2015 fourth-round pick has been very productive in his first two seasons and he will be eligible for a contract extension a year from now. Having three players with lucrative contracts at one position is a recipe for cap problems.

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Maybe things can be worked out. Jackson has demonstrated that money isn’t everything to him. Last year he decided to forego a $500,000 workout bonus to spend his spring doing other things. Maybe he won’t go for every dime he can get and give the Redskins a hometown discount.

It seems likely, however, that the Redskins will have trouble making the numbers work even if Jackson takes slightly less than market value to stay, especially if they do manage to bring back Garçon. If Garçon sees greener pastures elsewhere, perhaps Jackson will stay. Or maybe the Redskins will bite the bullet, hold off Crowder’s extension a year, and bring back both veteran receivers.

Those scenarios are possible but what seems to be most likely is that Jackson will be in another uniform in 2017 despite the messages being sent by his words and Instagram posts.

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DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has drawn criticism because of his performance in D.C. during his 5-year, $75 million contract he signed in April 2016. Former Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall came to Norman’s defense during a radio appearance with Craig Hoffman on 106.7 The Fan on Friday.

“He does compete, he’s a competitor. And if I have a football player on my roster who’s a competitor, who wants to be out there, who fights hard and plays hard, I’m [going to] find a way to put him in position to make plays,” Hall said. “I think we could’ve done a much, much better job of putting Josh in position to make plays.”

In November, then-interim head coach Bill Callahan benched Norman, and the 32-year-old cornerback played just 10 defensive snaps over the last six games of the season. Should Washington choose to cut ties with Norman this offseason before June 1, the team would save $12.5 million of cap space.

Hall, who interviewed for the Redskins’ defensive backs’ coaching position last January, said Norman wasn’t given the chance to be the leader of the defense. Hall said some of that was self-inflicted because of Norman’s habits and preparation, but a portion of that was because of schematics. 

“I always told those coaches ‘If you want Josh to be a leader — because Josh wants to be a leader — you’ve got to put him in a position to make plays, the same way Carolina put him in a position to make plays,” Hall said. 

The peak of Norman’s career came in 2015 under the direction of Washington’s newly hired head coach Ron Rivera. In that all-pro season, Norman recorded 56 tackles, 18 passes defended, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two touchdowns. 

Hall believes Norman still possesses that all-pro ability; it just needs to be tapped with the right defensive scheme. Hall compared the situation to Richard Sherman, who has revitalized his career in San Francisco after battling injuries. 

“It’s not because [Sherman] is the best lockdown man-to-man corner. It’s because they play Sherm in a system that he’s able to succeed and shine, and they put players around him so that he can make plays,” he said. “If we [would’ve] done the same thing to Josh Norman, he could’ve been an all-pro player here, too, just like he was in Carolina.”

Despite Hall’s belief in Norman’s ability, and the presumption that Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will run a similar system to what Norman played in with the Panthers, the former Redskins defensive back doesn’t think the $15 million price tag is worth it for a franchise that has other holes to fill.

“I, as a fan, would love to have Josh back on this team, in this defense that I feel will be similar to Carolina,” Hall said. “But to me, it doesn’t make sense to bring Josh back for $15 million. It’s just a big pill to swallow when you can do a lot with that money on a team that needs a lot of help.”

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. He's won six Super Bowl titles and made the playoffs every year in the last decade. Other coaches were great - Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs among a few - but nobody is Belichick. 

That's what makes a recent report out of Boston so near impossible to believe. 

Belichick checked in on coaching in Washington? The Redskins? 

Those are valid points, I guess. Belichick spent much of his young life in Annapolis and has great affinity for that area. He's talked about that openly. 

The timeline also makes some sense. Many reports out of New England in 2017 showed a power struggle between Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft about what to do with legendary quarterback Tom Brady as then backup Patriots QB Jimmy Garropolo got closer to free agency. New England wouldn't be able to keep both, and there has been speculation that Belichick wanted to keep the younger passer. 

Eventually, Garropolo got traded to the 49ers, for a surprisingly low return, and New England went to two more Super Bowls, winning last year. 

This year, however, marked the first real time the Patriots looked mortal. Brady's completion percentage dipped to 60.8 percent, his lowest since 2013, and he threw fewer passing yards than any 16-game season since 2010. Now, Brady is a free agent and for the first time ever the possibility of playing somewhere else seems real, even if only somewhat realistic.

Still, Belichick coaching the Redskins seems like the longest of shots. Checking on a job - looking at financial considerations or asking about parameters - and actually taking a job can be two very different things. 

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