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Four possible Redskins trade down scenarios


Four possible Redskins trade down scenarios

We know that the Redskins want to trade down to pick up some additional selections. We have heard of several teams who might want to trade up. Let’s look at some possible deals and see what the Redskins might get into return.

We’ll look at trades with teams up to around the middle of the first round since Scot McCloughan has indicated that he would be reluctant to trade back further than that. We’ll use the traditional draft points trade chart, the one concocted by Jimmy Johnson. You can find that chart here.

All trades have the Redskins giving up their top pick, No. 5 overall. That pick has a value of 1700 points.

It should be noted that the points are used as a guide and actual deals can vary, sometimes greatly.

To Falcons for their first-, third, and fourth-round picks. (No. 8, No. 73, No. 104)

If Dante Fowler is on the board and the Redskins decide they could live with a player who is three spots back, this could happen. This is very close to balancing with the Falcons giving up 1,711 points for Washington’s 1,700-point pick. At pick No. 8 the Redskins might find good value in either edge rusher Vic Beasley or offensive lineman Brandon Scherff.

To Rams for their first-, second-, and fifth-round picks (No. 10, No. 41, No. 135) with the Redskins also sending their fourth-round pick (No. 105)

There has been talk that the Rams would like to go up and get Amari Cooper or perhaps Kevin White. This deal would have the Redskins giving up 1,837 points while getting 1823 in return. At 10 Beasley could still be available or perhaps they would turn their sights to Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree.

To the Browns for the earlier of their first-round picks plus their second- and fifth-round picks (No. 12, No. 43, No. 147)

It appears that a lot of fans want the Browns to give up both of their first-round picks (No. 12, No. 19) for the Redskins’ pick. But that would be an overpay to the tune of 375 points, about the value of a pick in the middle of the second round. Cleveland’s second and their fifth essentially balance the deal with the Browns giving up 1,703 points. Dupree could still be there for Washington at this point or maybe the target would be huge offensive tackle Ereck Flowers.

To the Saints for both of their first-round picks (No. 13, No. 31) with the Redskins also sending their fifth-round pick (No. 141)

This comes as close to balancing as is practical, with the Redskins sending 1, 736 points and getting back 1,750 from New Orleans. The Saints could use the fifth pick to take Fowler or perhaps Leonard Williams should he drop to that point. One advantage to picking up that later first-round pick is that if he is a solid player the team would be able to trigger the fifth-year option in his contract. That provision applies only to first-round players. 

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

As attendance slumps at FedEx Field this season it's become quite clear the Redskins need a new stadium. By all accounts the team is working hard towards that end. 

News emerged last week that the Redskins are working with the Trump administration and D.C. government officials to get back to the RFK Stadium site. It's far from a done deal, but there is some progress. 

Fans remember RFK fondly, as it was the site of the team's greatest seasons. Every Super Bowl team the Redskins ever fielded called the East Capitol Street stadium home. 

Since 1997, however, the Redskins have played at FedEx Field in Maryland, and it appears Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want to lose the team either. Speaking with reporters, Hogan revealed his plans to get a new stadium adjacent to the MGM National Harbor casino in Oxon Hill. 

The Washington Post reported that Hogan has begun the process of a potential "land swap" with the federal government. Maryland would surrender lands in the western portion of the state in return for the parcel of land next to the casino to develop a new Redskins stadium. 

Nothing is official, but conversations have been ongoing between the Hogan administration and the Department of the Interior. There is one important caveat, however, that Hogan wanted to make clear. 

"We are not going to build a billionaire’s stadium, either,” ­Hogan said. “We have no interest whatsoever, and there have been no discussions, ever, about us spending one penny in construction."

The Redskins' lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, but sources have told NBC Sports Washington that if the team builds a new stadium in Prince Georges County, those terms could change. The Oxon Cove site would be in Prince Georges County. 


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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

The Redskins average fewer than 20 points-per-game. The Redskins rank 27th in the NFL in yards-per-game. The stats are bad for the Washington offense, and watching the games, it makes sense. 

For a Jay Gruden team, it's odd that the Redskins can't move the ball. Even when Alex Smith was healthy at quarterback, the offense still struggled. 

Watching the games all season, the offense has often been ugly. On Wednesday, Gruden revealed what he believes to be the root cause for the problems. 

"The big thing is we have way, way too many negative runs. Negative runs have been the death, that and penalties, both of those two things have been the curse of this offense and that kills our drives, that kills our momentum, that kills our ability to call plays, keeping everything open in the playbook," Gruden said. 

The coach isn't wrong. 

The Redskins have 24 false start penalties in 13 games, 2nd in the NFL. The Redskins have 27 offensive holding penalties, the most in the NFL. 

Penalties have been a persistent problem all season, as have the negative runs. 

Using data from the NFL, the Redskins have 19 negative rushes when they run to the right. That's tied for the worst in the league. The Redskins have another 26 negative runs to the center or left of the offensive line. 

Teams can't win when they don't run the football, and the Redskins can't run the football with their current penalty problems and negative plays. 

"When you have second and 18, and third and 15, your playbook goes down," Gruden said. "When you're first and 10, second and six and third and two, everything is open and we haven’t had that luxury."