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Ex-agent: Redskins still doubt Kirk Cousins, which could affect his next deal

Ex-agent: Redskins still doubt Kirk Cousins, which could affect his next deal

The Redskins offseason has officially begun thanks to a disappointing regular season finale, and the circumstances surrounding the team are eerily similar to the ones that were present at the end of last year.

When it comes to Washington's overall place in the NFL, they wrapped up 2016/17 a half-game below their 2015/16 record and have proven themselves to be capable of beating anyone but also vulnerable to losing to anyone. They're in better shape than they once were a long time ago, but still aren't bonafide contenders yet. In that respect, nothing's really changed in a calendar year.

What's also similar is where they stand with Kirk Cousins. Like January of 2015, Cousins is coming off of a campaign in which he posted gaudy numbers, broke franchise records but also faltered in some key spots. Now, much like the previous offseason, the dominant storyline will be what the Redskins do with their rising quarterback.


In an interview with the Sports Junkies on Tuesday, ex-agent Joel Corry said he expects the similarities to continue in the coming months.

"I think it's probably going to play out the same way that it did last year, at least early on in the offseason," Corry said. "His contract demands are gonna go up from what they were last time. They were far apart from the Redskins in terms of reaching a long-term deal [last year]. Once those new demands — which are probably going to be in that Andrew Luck range — are communicated in an offer or counter offer to the Redskins, they're going to realize if we want to keep him at least for the 2017 season, we need to protect ourselves and stick a franchise tag on him."

Corry thinks they'll tag him once again. What happens next, then?

"Cousins will sign it immediately like he did last year because it's fully guaranteed," he said. "Then the Redskins are gonna have to determine whether they want to pay him that type of money by the July 15 deadline, or risk going into next season, where a third franchise tag would be basically $34.5 million... and letting him potentially walk out the door in 2018."

So, Corry envisions the time between Washington tagging Cousins and the cut-off date for a long-term in July as being vital. Either the 'Skins and the passer strike a deal on a multi-year contract or he ends up playing another season with the tag on and they both go through this song and dance for a third time in 2018, with Cousins likely leaving if it gets to that point.

Unfortunately for those hoping for certainty at football's most important position in D.C., Corry believes it will get to that point.

"I think there are too many or there's enough doubts within the organization to make that type of commitment to him long term," he said. "If he had played the last four, five weeks like he did in November when he was NFC Offensive Player of the Month, then it would probably be a different story. But I think they're probably still lukewarm on him. Their first offer will be a great indication of what they really think about him. Their best offer last year didn't speak volumes to them having a lot of confidence in him because it was basically Andy Dalton money with an Andy Dalton structure, which was never going to be signed."

For Corry's full comments with the Sports Junkies, watch the video in the player above.


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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

Even though it was a bright, warm Wednesday in Ashburn the Redskins held their OTA session in the practice bubble because recent rains have left their outdoor fields to soggy to use. Here are my observations from the practice:

—A few Redskins were not present and a few who were there were not participating in the drills. Jay Gruden said that OT Trent Williams is rehabbing in Texas and that LB Zach Brown is in the process of relocating to the Washington area. RB Chris Thompson and OT Morgan Moses were present, but both were spectators. 

— It should be noted that even though Moses didn’t practice and is still rehabbing after ankle surgery, he still participated in the sideline-to-sideline running the team does at the end of practice.

—At rookie camp, RB Derrius Guice was first in line to do every drill. Today, he gave way to the veterans to all take their reps and then he went first among the rookies. 

— “Fat Rob” Kelley never really was fat but he is now lean and mean. He also seems to be a half step quicker than he was in the past. Added competition in the form of second- and fourth-round picks being added at your position will do that to a player. 

—The “starting” offensive line from left to right was Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and John Kling. The interior could well start the season; the tackle position awaits the returns of Williams, Moses, and Ty Nsekhe. 

—RB Byron Marshall, who was on the team briefly last year before getting injured, looked very quick with good acceleration.

—CB Josh Norman was back with the group fielding punts. I seriously doubt that he will handle any kicks in games, even preseason games, but perhaps with DeAngelo Hall being gone he wants to be available as an emergency option. Also back with the punt returners were CB Danny Johnson, CB Greg Stroman, WR Maurice Harris, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, and, of course, WR Jamison Crowder.

—S D.J. Swearinger spent most of the special teams practice on the sideline working on catching passes with his hands extended away from his body. A little while later, he had a chance to make an interception with his arms extended. Of course, he dropped it. 

—It seems like QB Alex Smith and Crowder have some good rapport built already. Once on the right sideline and a few minutes later on the left, Smith threw a well-placed ball into Crowder, who was well covered on both occasions. 

—Eventually, CB Orlando Scandrick caught on and he swatted down a quick out to Crowder. 

—With Brown out, Josh Harvey-Clemons was with the first unit at inside linebacker. He’s still skinny but less so than he was last year. The second-year player was impressive in coverage, staying with Crowder step for step on a deep pass down the middle.

—The play of the day was a deep pass down the right side from Smith to WR Paul Richardson. Stroman was with the receiver step for step on the 9 route but Smith laid the ball out perfectly and Richardson made a lunging catch. Even though it doesn’t have to under the new rule, the catch did survive the ground. 

—WR Cam Sims had a few impressive plays. On one, QB Colt McCoy lofted one high in the air down the right side. Sims kept his focus on the ball while two defenders lost it and made the catch. 

—WR Trey Quinn had his moments. He made a good grab while being bumped by Scandrick. But a while later he dropped a fairly easy one. 

—The running backs all looked good but Guice looked the best of all of them. He had an ability to cut and maintain his speed that not many have. With the warning that they were playing with no pads with no contact and not at full speed, Guice’s vision appeared to be outstanding. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy


NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.