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Need to Know: Could the Redskins’ draft be an indicator of Morgan Moses’ long-term future?

Need to Know: Could the Redskins’ draft be an indicator of Morgan Moses’ long-term future?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 18, nine days before the April 27 NFL draft.

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Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 24
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 36
—Training camp starts (7/27) 100
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 145

Could the Redskins’ draft indicate Morgan Moses’ long-term future?

Very early in the offseason there was buzz that the Redskins and Morgan Moses were talking about a contract extension. As the starting right tackle has completed three years of his rookie deal he is now eligible for a new one. There hasn’t been much talk since but there is plenty of time to get one done before the season starts. New contracts for Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams were completed in August the season before each would have been a free agent.

We might get an indication of how well any extension talks are going in the draft. If the Redskins take an offensive tackle early that may be an indication that talks with Moses are not going well. They could be in search of a possibly replacement for Moses who could take over in 2018. If they take one sometime late on Saturday or bypass the position altogether that could be a sign that talks are going well and it is just a matter of time before a deal is done.

The Redskins do have enough cap space to get a deal done. They currently stand at $8.1 million in available space. They will need a couple of million dollars to sign their draft picks (details on that coming in the next day or two) but they will recoup when they complete negotiations with DeAngelo Hall for a new deal that will lower his $4.25 million salary.

They will be able to craft an extension for Morgan, who should get a deal with an average annual value of $6-$7 million, so that it costs only about $1.5 million more than the $1.97 million he already counts against the cap.

Moses is one of four 2014 draft picks who are eligible for extensions. Spencer Long is another prime candidate, although the team might want him to have more than one year as the starting center under his belt before committing to him long term.

I get the sense that even if the Redskins wanted to work out new deals with Trent Murphy and Bashaud Breeland, both players would rather wait. Both could substantially increase their potential earnings by having good seasons while playing premium positions.

But it’s worth keeping an eye out for extensions for all four players. The organization does a good job of keeping these talks under wraps. The news of extensions for Kerrigan, Williams, and Jordan Reed all came without warning so new deals for the others could spring up at any time.

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Two examples of why Dan Orlovsky believes Dwayne Haskins will excite Redskins fans

Two examples of why Dan Orlovsky believes Dwayne Haskins will excite Redskins fans

Scott Turner was asked about quarterback Dwayne Haskins' growth this offseason during a Zoom call with local media earlier this week, and the new Redskins offensive coordinator explained he was pleased with both Haskins' physical and mental progress.

Besides raving about the second-year quarterbacks imposing size and natural arm strength, Turner also dove into specific detail about one other thing that really stood out to him about Haskins: his ability to stand tall in the pocket and deliver a throw without much space.

Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky took to Twitter on Friday, tweeting out two video examples from Haskins' rookie season where the quarterback demonstrated the qualities Turner raved about.

The first example was a clip from the Redskins Week 11 contest against the Jets. The play went down in the scorebook as a 24-yard completion to Kelvin Harmon, but what the quarterback had to do in order to make this play successful was quite impressive.

For this play, Orlovsky explained how Haskins identified where the pressure was coming from pre-snap, causing him to shift the entire protection to the left. After the running back missed his block, Haskins didn't panic. The then-rookie QB stepped up in the pocket and fired a dart to Harmon on the in-route as the receiver broke open in the middle of the field.

"This is one of my favorite plays by him last year," Orlovsky explained. "It really is an example of the intellectual aspect of quarterback play with the feel aspect of quarterback play."

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The second clip was from Washington's clash in Green Bay last season. On this particular snap, Haskins showed his mastery of the Packers' defense.

Haskins' initial read was to the right side, where Harmon was running an inside post route. But once the quarterback saw his first read was covered, he continued to look right, forcing Packers' safety Darnell Savage to slide in that direction. The passer then immediately turned to his backside, which created an open throwing lane to find Terry McLaurin in the middle of the field.

"It really shows a complete understanding of what the defense is, what the coverage is, and then a complete understanding of who on the defense he needs to move with his eyes to open up a window," Orlovsky said.

It's fair to mention that the Redskins would not win either of these games and that the rookie passer had his struggles in each of these contests. It's no secret that Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie, and there were examples of such in each of these matchups, too.

But Haskins did finish the season playing the best football of his young career, giving some hope for the future. Count Orlovsky in on those who are optimistic about the quarterback as he enters his second season with the team and his first as the team's true starter.

"There are so many examples on his tape that show how smart he actually is," Orlovsky said. 

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Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is among the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020, according to Forbes.

Cousins, who came in as the ninth highest-paid athlete overall, is the top-ranked NFL athlete on the list, coming in one spot above Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Forbes estimated the Vikings QB's earnings at $60.5 million, with $58 million coming from his salary and $2.5 million from his endorsements.

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In March, Cousins signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Vikings, one that included a $30 million signing bonus. The signal-caller originally signed with the Vikings in 2018 on a three-year, fully-guaranteed $84 million deal that at the time made him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

The Vikings signal-caller has earned over $130 million in his career thus far, according to OverTheCap.

Cousins spent the first six seasons of his career with the Redskins, with three of those years as the team's starter. The quarterback set the franchise's single-season passing yards record in 2016 when he threw for 4,917 yards for Washington. His 29 touchdown passes in 2017 were the second-most by any Redskins quarterback in a single-season.

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