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An impressed Josh Norman calls Stefon Diggs 'a heck of a talent'

An impressed Josh Norman calls Stefon Diggs 'a heck of a talent'

It's not too difficult to tell when Josh Norman likes something.

Whenever he holds what he's talking about in high regard, the Redskins cornerback accentuates certain words and constantly shakes and nods his head. Sure, part of that is his usual personality, but it really comes through when he's excited.

And that's how he acted when giving his initial review of Stefon Diggs after Washington's 26-20 victory over Minnesota Sunday at FedEx Field.

"Heck of a talent, man," Norman said. "Just a heck of a talent in this league. That guy's a little crafty, man. Shifty. He comes in and he plays primarily in the slot, he does his job. It's big when you see young guys comin' in and playing like that because you can tell they're going to have a bright future in this league."

Diggs, who is in his second NFL season after being drafted out of Maryland last April by the Vikings, went off against the Redskins. In the loss, he posted a 13 catch, 164 yard performance. 

Despite those gaudy numbers, Norman doesn't want teammate Kendall Fuller — who attended the same high school as Diggs — to be on the receiving end of too much criticism. 

"He's pretty impressive, I gotta say," Norman said, again complimenting the Vikings stud. "Kendall, he did a good job on him today... He had a hard job. He really didn't have too much help, if there was any, so I think he gets a day off tomorrow, he deserves it. He played a heck of a game and he's going to be good coming up. [His future is] just as bright as Stefon Diggs'."

All in all, for Diggs, it was a very productive return to the state where he grew up. Well, except for one important shortcoming, of course.

"It was exciting," he said. "The main part about it was I was around my family. It hurt to come home and lose but I'm a professional at the end of the game. I'm going to band with my brothers and fight for my brothers. That's all I can really do. Just keep fighting."

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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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Redskins are working with Brandon Scherff and view him as 'big part' of their O-line, Ron Rivera explains

Redskins are working with Brandon Scherff and view him as 'big part' of their O-line, Ron Rivera explains

The franchise tag window in the NFL officially opened on Thursday, and the Chiefs have already placed the label on defensive lineman Chris Jones. The deadline for clubs to follow suit comes in mid-March.

So, could the Redskins do the same with Brandon Scherff? That's a question the Redskins Talk podcast asked Ron Rivera directly on Thursday, when the head coach sat down for an interview.

"Well the plan is to continue to work with his agent and see what we can get worked out, more so than anything else," Rivera said. "But Brandon, most certainly, is somebody that we really believe is a big part of our offensive line and we'll see how things work out."

The first half of that answer is fairly general; trying to get things "worked out" is something teams and agents are doing all the time. However, Rivera labeling Scherff as a "big part" of the Redskins' O-line certainly appears to be a clue that, at the very least, they don't intend to let the multi-time Pro Bowler leave.

"I don't want to deal in what-ifs and all that kind of stuff, but again, I know [Redskins Senior VP of Football Administration] Rob Rogers will be working with [Scherff's] folks trying to get something worked out," the coach said.

Scherff's recent injury history, plus issues with penalties in 2019, appear to have caused some fans to shift how they look at him. The 28-year-old is still an absolute force, though, and while Rivera also has to figure out Ereck Flowers' future and consider how Wes Martin fits into this guard equation as well, keeping Scherff in Washington has to be a top priority.

In fact, outside of reaching a solution to the Trent Williams dilemma, retaining Scherff might be the top priority as things currently stand.

Therefore, expect both sides to continue their dialogue, and if the organization senses that more time may be needed, they could use the franchise tag on Scherff to keep him where he is. Then, they can try to finish up negotiations on a long-term agreement, or play him on the tag in 2020, which would be quite expensive but still better than losing him altogether.

The last time the Redskins were involved in a franchise tag conundrum, it was messy and felt endless. If they turn to it again, however, expect the new leadership to handle it in a more professional manner.

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