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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are salary cap bargains in 2017

Need to Know: Five Redskins who are salary cap bargains in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 25, 35 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.

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Days until:

NFL free agency starts 43
—NFL Draft 92
First Sunday of 2017 season 228

Five players who will be salary cap bargains in 2017

RB Rob Kelley, cap number $540,000—Whether he starts or if he is the first back off the bench he is a good value player. Since he was an undrafted free agent there is no signing bonus money to add to his second-year minimum salary. Kelley’s contract calls for him to make the minimum salary of $630,000 next year and then he will be a restricted free agent.

WR Jamison Crowder, $751,406—He is as productive as some receivers making five to 10 times what he is. Crowder is under contract for two more years with similar cap hits but the team can redo his contract after the 2017 season. They would be wise to do so.

C Spencer Long, $853,450—The Redskins got some quality play at center from him in 2016 and there is no reason to think that he can’t continue that for the next several years. Long is now eligible for an extension and the smart move would be to lock him up with a new deal and remove him from the “cap bargain” category.

S Su’a Cravens, $1 million—Cravens is in the second year of his rookie contract. We don’t know how he will do at safety but if he can solve half of the Redskins’ longstanding problems at the position his contract will be a great deal for the team.

TE Jordan Reed, $5.8 million—Reed will have the 12th-highest cap hit among tight ends and that is before free agency likely places a few additional players in front of him on that list. He is behind Dwayne Allen and Julius Thomas in terms of dollars and he had more receptions for more yards last year than the two of them combined in 2016. The Redskins need to enjoy the savings while they can; next year his number goes up to $10.3 million.

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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