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Kirk Cousins didn't exactly demand a trade, but he did 'inquire' with Dan Snyder

Kirk Cousins didn't exactly demand a trade, but he did 'inquire' with Dan Snyder

The partnership between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins has never seemed like true love.

Drafted in the fourth round in 2012, Cousins came to Washington the same year as anointed franchise savior Robert Griffin III. That was awkward. 

Eventually, when Cousins got named starter in 2015, he excelled. After that season, however, the quarterback and the organization could not agree to a long-term deal.

The franchise tag was deployed, and Cousins played on a one-year deal in 2016. 

He again excelled in 2016, and again, at least so far, the team and player cannot agree on a long-term deal. Cousins has signed another franchise tag for the 2017 season, and contract talks seem to again be stalled.

So when word leaked out that Cousins wanted to be traded by the Redskins, it came as no shock. 

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On Tuesday, Cousins appeared on Adam Schefter's podcast and clarified exactly what happened. 

"I did just inquire to Mr. [Dan] Snyder and Mr. [Bruce] Allen if there was any interest in trading me to get an understanding of their perspective,” Cousins told Schefter. "The answer I got back was Mr. Snyder communicated his belief in me and desire for me to remain a Redskin."

Cousins went on to explain that Snyder wanted to give the QB all the resources needed to be successful. After losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon early in free agency, it seemed the 'Skins were doing the opposite, but the addition of Terrelle Pryor will offset some of the loss to the Washington offense.

Regardless of the language used, demand or inquire, Cousins still went to ownership to see if a trade was possible. That does not reflect well on the relationship. 

Nothing if not respectful and polite, Cousins made clear he wasn't demanding a trade, explaining to Schefter that the situation got "twisted."

"That’s not the approach I took."

A trade certainly remains possible between for Cousins, but the most logical suitor in the 49ers appears to have moved on. Do not be surprised, however, if a new team emerges as a possible Cousins landing spot, if they pay the right price in draft picks. 

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Patriots' Julian Edelman says he and DeSean Jackson will 'educate one another and grow together'

Patriots' Julian Edelman says he and DeSean Jackson will 'educate one another and grow together'

Current Eagles and former Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been under fire recently after he shared anti-Semitic quotes falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram account.

After facing major backlash, Jackson apologized for his actions. The Philadelphia Eagles also released a statement on the situation, condemning the wide receiver's posts. Former NBA player Stephen Jackson noted that DeSean Jackson was almost fired over the incident, but explained that he believed the NFL veteran was "speaking the truth." 

Unlike Stephen Jackson, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, spoke out against the wide receiver's actions calling them "ugly things" to say. However, Edelman doesn't want the conversation to end there, as he hopes to work with Jackson on where he went wrong and how he can improve, while also gaining more knowledge himself about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The Patriots pass-catcher extended an invitation to Jackson on Thursday to join him at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., Edelman also said he would attend D.C.'s Museum of African-American History and Culture with Jackson in return.

On Friday, Edelman shared on Twitter that the two have connected and are working toward finding a way to "educate one another and grow together."

Though Edelman explained that the actual plans will be detailed in the future, it appears both wide receivers are willing to communicate and try and learn from each other's experiences.

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Jonathan Allen supports Red Wolves as new name: 'That would be fire'

Jonathan Allen supports Red Wolves as new name: 'That would be fire'

Add Jonathan Allen to the group supporting Red Wolves as the rebrand of the Washington Redskins.

During a streaming session on his Twitch channel, which the Instagram page redskinstoday got a video of, the Washington defensive lineman explained what he liked about the potential new name for the team. Besides enjoying the moniker itself, Allen is imagining all the great nicknames that would come out of it.

“So many great things could come out of that," Allen said. “Call the stadium 'The Den,' get the 'Wolfpack' on D.”

“I ain’t gonna lie, that would be hype, bro," Allen said.

Washington Red Wolves is an idea that first caught the attention of many when former Washington defensive back Fred Smoot proposed the name in an interview with NBC Sports Washington. Smoot has since expanded on his idea, explaining why it's a perfect fit for the team. 

"It is an endangered species. It allows us to keep the 'HTTR,'" Smoot said on 'Redskins Talk and Friends'. "It allows us to keep the burgundy and gold. It allows us to have some crazy uniforms."

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Additionally, Smoot believes that Red Wolves could lead to a new and exciting stadium chant being formed. After a big play, fans could celebrate with a loud 'howl' in unison. That's something Allen can get behind.

“Get a sack and let out a big howl, that s--- would be fire, bro," Allen said.

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Smoot has continued to campaign for the Red Wolves on Twitter, as have many others. A geotargeted Twitter map has shown that Red Wolves has some support across the country, as it currently is listed fourth-highest. Warriors, Red Tails and Red Hawks fill out the top three.

Former Redskins Will Compton has also voiced his support for the name.

As Allen gears up to lead a talented defensive front in Washington, a rebrand to the Red Wolves could lead to a lot of 'howls' after sacks in the future.

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