If Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Durant were in charge of the Redskins, Kirk Cousins' future in Washington would not be in doubt like it currently is.
A handful of days after NASCAR's most popular driver said he's "tired of waiting" for the Burgundy and Gold to decide on the quarterback's next contract, one of the NBA's top players echoed his fellow fan's opinion.
"I love Cousins," Durant told the Washington Post. "I think he deserves a long-term deal. I think so. I think he’s the future for us."
To Durant, the stability that comes from a multiyear-deal would go a long way in providing the 28-year-old passer more comfort and confidence under center for the 'Skins.
"I think he’ll play better knowing that, ‘I’m here, this is my team. I’m rooted in this city,'" Durant said. "I think that all factors in to making a good player, so hopefully we sign him to a long-term deal."
Last summer, as Durant was looking for his next home in the Association, people in the DMV strongly supported the #KD2DC movement. That one obviously didn't work out, but if the Warriors star is able to pitch in on the #KC2DC movement, perhaps he'll win back at least some love from his hometown fans.
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Nike released a statement Friday saying it has shared concerns to the NFL with the name of the Washington Redskins footbal team.
"We have been talking to the NFL and sharing our concerns regarding the name of the Washington team. We are pleased to see the team taking a first step towards change," the statement read, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Nike is the last to release a statement of the three brands to have recently received a letter from investors requesting the company end its relationship with Washington unless the name is changed. FedEx released a statement Thursday and PepsiCo earlier Friday, voicing similar concerns.
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Washington's name and apparel had been purged from the Nike website as early as Thursday evening, though it's unclear when exactly Nike made the move.
With the current pressure from sponsors, it's become 'likely' the team does change the name, according to reports. Washington announced Friday morning that it would conduct a "thorough review" of the name.
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Browns tight end David Njoku has reportedly asked the franchise for a trade.
"It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time,” his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.
Well, could that new team be the Redskins?
Washington, of course, has an enormous need at the position. On an already weak offense, tight end is easily the most lacking spot when it comes to both talent and experience.
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Now, while Njoku hasn’t fully delivered on his first-round status since coming into the league since 2017, he’d still instantly become Washington’s most dangerous threat on the depth chart. That’s even with him missing most of 2019 with a broken wrist.
According to Schefter, Cleveland has apparently told Njoku they’d like to keep him, but Rosenhaus still wants his client to be moved. The organization signed Austin Hooper to a major deal this past March and also drafted Harrison Bryant in April.
The question for the Redskins is: What would they be willing to give up for the soon to be 24-year-old? And also, would Ron Rivera want to initiate a transaction? He’s indicated multiple since taking over that 2020 is all about evaluating what he has in Washington before going and adding outside pieces.
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We already know the Burgundy and Gold were interested in signing former Panthers' TE Greg Olsen on a cheaper deal before he landed with the Seahawks, but that they weren’t willing to spend the amount of cash Hooper earned with the Browns.
Njoku, who’d likely cost a decent draft pick or player, falls somewhere between those two. Let’s see if the Redskins decide whether he’s worth pursuing, or if they’ll let someone else make the swap – if it even happens.
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