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Need to Know: How realistic was a Redskins-Cousins contract agreement in 2015?

Need to Know: How realistic was a Redskins-Cousins contract agreement in 2015?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 17, 41 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 31
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 56
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 68
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 120
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 177

Friday three and out

1. A mystery solved.

https://twitter.com/JordanRaanan/status/842441808810463232

I get frequent questions about why the Redskins have not had Johnathan Hankins in for a visit or why there hasn’t even been any reported contact with the Giants’ D-lineman. This says there are 10 million reasons why Hankins’ phone hasn’t been ringing with 703 on the caller ID or from any other area code for that matter. Hankins is a good, young player but $10 million a year is just way too much. Perhaps he will get the message at some point and lower his asking price. He could end up going with a one-year contract like Dontari Poe did with the Falcons. That would make it even more difficult for the Redskins to sign him. It’s not so much the money; they could make that work. But if Hankins is going to go with one year in hopes of being able to cash in next year he is unlikely to sign up to be a nose tackle. It’s much harder to generate eye-popping stats the generate big contracts from the zero technique than it is from a defensive tackle spot.

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2. A free agent signing but not the one you’re looking for:

Carter is the prototypical journeyman who will try to make the team as a special teams contributor. It looks like he will be the replacement for Terence Garvin, the linebacker/special teams guy who was here last year and hasn’t been re-signed. Carter, an ex-Steeler like Garvin, has played in 42 NFL games and he has yet to record a sack.

3. I get that everyone is mad because Scot McCloughan wanted to sign Kirk Cousins to a contract extension in 2015 after Cousins was named the starter and Bruce Allen didn’t want to do it. But how realistic is it to think that they could have come to an agreement on a long-term contract at that time? Would they base the value on his 2014 starts, when he was turnover prone and eventually benched and demoted to third string? Or after, say, Week 6 when he was sitting there with six TD’s and eight interceptions and a passer rating of 77.4? There were talks during the bye week after the “you like that!” comeback over the Bucs but nothing materialized. And according to the Breer article by the time December came around the Cousins camp wanted to wait until 2016 to talk.

So they essentially had a window between the bye week and December to get a deal done. The Redskins went 2-2 in that stretch with blowout losses against the Patriots and Panthers. While you couldn’t necessarily blame either loss on Cousins, they weren’t the kinds of performances that made you want to throw a bunch of money at him, either.

If someone can tell me when there was an opportunity there to come up with a contract that offer that would have been either so high as to look like a vast overpay for the team or a big-time lowball from Cousins’ perspective, I’m all ears. The timing just wasn’t right. This doesn’t mean that disagreement over how it should be handled was a good thing and it shows that McCloughan's instincts were right. According to Breer it was the nexus of things falling apart in Ashburn. But thinking that Cousins would be signed for a few more years now if McCloughan had prevailed in 2015 doesn’t really add up.

Out—with a fan question:

https://twitter.com/katie11074/status/842448056675127298

This is an easy one on defense—a solid nose tackle. Yesterday morning on 980 Greg Manusky talked about looking at Phil Taylor, Joey Mbu, and A.J. Francis at the position. If those are his choices for Week 1 the defense is in serious trouble.

On offense the answer is less obvious. I’d say it’s a blocking tight end who is, you know, an actual tight end. Ty Nsekhe sure can block as a sixth offensive lineman but having someone who can catch passes as your extra blocker sure does give the defense a lot more to think about. I also think they need a young quarterback in case Cousins departs either this year or next.

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Redskins Mailbag: If everyone expected an 0-2 start, why is everyone freaking out?

Redskins Mailbag: If everyone expected an 0-2 start, why is everyone freaking out?

Mailbags are a fun way to interact with fans and answer some questions, and it's high time that I tried one.

By the way, this is JP, and I'm going to answer some questions that came in via my Twitter. 

Here we go:

1. Early-season emotions

James Lowe (@lowey133) - "If everyone expected 0-2 why is everyone going mad about us being 0-2?"

This is a great question and a good starting point. When the schedule came out in April, most folks thought the Redskins would lose the first two games. Vegas installed the Redskins as sizable underdogs in both contests, and sure enough, the Redskins lost. So the freakout might not be warranted, BUT, the manner in which Washington lost both games is quite concerning.

The Redskins were supposed to be led by their defense, and that just hasn't been the case. Greg Manusky's group ranks at or near the bottom in almost every meaningful defensive stat through two games this year. The secondary seems completely overwhelmed and confused, and those were the exact problems the team allegedly addressed this offseason. Also, the run game has been nonexistent so far.

Collectively the Redskins have less than 80 rush yards on the season, and Derrius Guice is on the injured reserve. Trent Williams not showing up and Jordan Reed's concussion situation probably aren't helping to settle many fans fears either. 

2. Contract progress for Scherff?

Defend the District (@DefendforOldDC) - "How likely do you think it is at this point that Brandon Scherff will get a new deal here?"

At this point, I don't think it's likely. Scherff is now 14 games away from free agency, and by all the whispers I've heard, the Redskins didn't really make an offer that would keep him tied to Washington.

It's possible the Redskins' brass doesn't want to go north of $14 million a year for a guard, even a guard as good as Scherff. It's also possible the team will use a franchise or transition tag on Scherff next offseason.

Whatever happens, I would not expect a contract extension between Scherff and the Redskins this season. 

3. Three-pack of quick hitters

Jared Wasser (@JaredAWasser) - "% chance Dwayne Haskins in the starting QB week 1 for the Redskins in the 2020-2021 season?"

100 percent. 

Hamid Safdari (@Hamid_Safdari) - "When will Norman be benched?"

Not happening. At all. 

Jim (@RedskinsFanStil) - "Do you get paid more for doing the mailbag?"

No. Kindness of my heart. 

4. Gruden's hot seat and a cold start

T.G. (@Coach_TommyG) - "How many wins do you think Jay needs to stay as HC of the Redskins? O/U 9.5?"

Well, Gruden himself said he needs to make the playoffs to keep his job in 2020. And sitting at 0-2 in the NFC East, a division title already seems pretty far out of reach.

That means Gruden's squad needs to grab a Wild Card spot, and to be safe, get 10 wins to get there. Which, with only 14 remaining, means the Redskins need to go 10-4 the rest of the way. Seems like an uphill climb.

Maybe 9-7 gets a Wild Card spot, which means 9-5 record the rest of the way. 

5. Defensive coaching tea leaves

Cory (@CoryMartens) - "Is the real reason Manusky is still here is because if he goes, Jim Tomsula goes with him? Any chance Jim T could be a replacement candidate for Manusky?"

A lot to discuss here. I think Greg Manusky is still the Redskins defensive coordinator because the team has only played two games. No matter how bad something looks, making a decision this early in the season seems rash. Now, if the Bears terrible offense drops 30 on the Redskins on Monday night, things could get ugly for Manusky.

As for Tomsula, he is very close with Manusky. I don't think he would even consider taking the defensive coordinator job if Manusky got fired, but I'm not positive the D-line leader would leave the team either. Tomsula is a man of immense loyalty and he cares deeply for his players. I'm not sure he would leave his guys in the middle of the year.

Complete honesty: I just don't know

6. Stadium update?

2Jet (@Y2Banana) - "Stadium update?" 

I've heard some stuff, but nothing I can share. I do think there will be either an official word or some reportable news soon.

My biggest hint: it will be north of the Potomac. 

7. Inside concussion protocol

Scotty Bugatti (@ScottAument213) - "Reed this week? Any updates? Also favorite pregame snack lol" 

When players are in the NFL concussion protocol, the media isn't allowed to speak with them. I have no idea Jordan Reed's status, but hope he takes all the time he needs.

As for a pregame snack, I'm a popcorn junkie. I love popcorn. Like more than a friend. 

Thanks for the questions folks. We will do this again next week. If you made it this far, I owe you a beer.

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Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top flex options for Week 3.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2

FLEX RANKINGS:

1. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB1, Previous Ranking: 4
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB2, Previous Ranking: 1 
Opponent: at Cardinals 
3. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB3, Previous Ranking: 2
Opponent: at Buccaneers
4. Julio Jones, ATL, WR1, Previous Ranking: 8
Opponent: at Colts
5. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB4, Previous Ranking: 9
Opponent: vs. Texans
6. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB5, Previous Ranking: 10
Opponent: vs. Raiders
7. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB6, Previous Ranking: 3
Opponent: at Seahawks
8. Le'Veon Bell, NYJ, RB7, Previous Ranking: 5
Opponent: at Patriots
9. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR2, Previous Ranking: 6
Opponent: at Chargers
10. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR3, Previous Ranking: 12
Opponent: vs. Texans 
11. Amari Cooper, DAL, WR4, Previous Ranking: 21
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
12. Michael Thomas, NO, WR5, Previous Ranking: 7
Opponent: at Seahawks
13. Chris Carson, SEA, RB8, Previous Ranking: 18
Opponent: vs. Saints
14. James Conner, PIT, RB9, Previous Ranking: 19
Opponent: at 49ers
15. Travis Kelce, KC, TE1, Previous Ranking: 20
Opponent: vs. Ravens
16. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE, WR6, Previous Ranking: 16
Opponent: vs. Rams
17. Davante Adams, GB, WR7, Previous Ranking: 13
Opponent: vs. Broncos
18. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB10, Previous Ranking: 33
Opponent: at Jaguars
19. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB11, Previous Ranking: 27
Opponent: vs. Rams
20. David Johnson, ARI, RB12, Previous Ranking: 26
Opponent: vs. Panthers
21. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR8, Previous Ranking: 35
Opponent: at Eagles
22. Aaron Jones, GB, RB13, Previous Ranking: 34
Opponent: vs. Broncos
23. Mike Evans, TB, WR9, Previous Ranking: 14
Opponent: vs. Giants
24.Antonio Brown, NE, WR10, Previous Ranking: 11 
Opponent: vs. Jets
25.Marlon Mack, IND, RB14, Previous Ranking: 25
Opponent: vs. Falcons
26.JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR11, Previous Ranking: 17
Opponent: at 49ers
27. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR12, Previous Ranking: 23
Opponent: vs. Falcons
28. Mark Ingram, BAL, RB15, Previous Ranking: 31
Opponent: at Chiefs
29. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB16, Previous Ranking: 32
Opponent: at Eagles
30. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR13, Previous Ranking: 15
Opponent: vs. Ravens
31. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR14, Previous Ranking: 29
Opponent: at Browns
32. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB17, Previous Ranking: 24
Opponent: at Bills
33. James White, NE, RB18, Previous Ranking: 44
Opponent: vs. Jets
34. Todd Gurley, LAR, RB19, Previous Ranking: 43
Opponent: at Browns
35. Josh Jacobs, OAK, RB20, Previous Ranking: 28
Opponent: at Vikings
34.Chris Godwin, TB, WR15, Previous Ranking: 51
Opponent: vs. Giants
35. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR16, Previous Ranking: 22
Opponent: vs. Raiders
36. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR17, Previous Ranking: 49
Opponent: vs. Saints
37. Leonard Fournette, JAX, RB21, Previous Ranking: 36
Opponent: vs. Titans
38. George Kittle, SF, TE2, Previous Ranking: 45
Opponent: vs. Steelers
39. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE5, Previous Ranking: 46
Opponent: vs. Lions
40. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR18, Previous Ranking: 40
Opponent: at Ravens
41. Damien Williams, KC, RB22, Previous Ranking: 41
Opponent: vs. Ravens
42. Sony Michel, NE, RB23, Previous Ranking: 55
Opponent: vs. Jets
43. David Montgomery, CHI, RB24, Previous Ranking: 56
Opponent: at Redskins
44. Marquise Brown, BAL, WR19, Previous Ranking: 64
Opponent: at Chiefs
45. Julian Edelman, NE, WR20, Previous Ranking: 30
Opponent: vs. Jets  
46. D.J. Moore, CAR, WR21, Previous Ranking: 50
Opponent: at Cardinals   
47. Devin Singletary, BUF, RB25, Previous Ranking: 39
Opponent: vs. Bengals
48. Evan Engram, NYG, TE4, Previous Ranking: 48
Opponent: at Buccaneers 
49. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR22, Previous Ranking: 53
Opponent: vs. Raiders
50. Josh Gordon, NE, WR23, Previous Ranking: 37
Opponent: vs. Jets
51. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR24, Previous Ranking: 47
Opponent: vs. Lions
52. Robert Woods, LAR, WR25, Previous Ranking: 52
Opponent: at Browns
53. Tyrell Williams, OAK, WR26, Previous Ranking: 61
Opponent: at Vikings
54. Miles Sanders, PHI, RB26, Previous Ranking: 68
Opponent: vs. Lions
55. Phillip Lindsay, DEN, RB27, Previous Ranking: 58
Opponent: at Packers
56. Duke Johnson Jr., HOU, RB28, Previous Ranking: 42
Opponent: at Chargers
57. Matt Breida, SF, RB29, Previous Ranking: 94
Opponent: vs. Steelers
58. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB30, Previous Ranking: 60
Opponent: at Colts
59. Jordan Howard, PHI, RB31, Previous Ranking: 59
Opponent: vs. Lions
60. Emmanuel Sanders, WR27, Previous Ranking: 81
Opponent: at Packers
61. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR28, Previous Ranking: 65
Opponent: at Colts
62. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB32, Previous Ranking: 38
Opponent: at Redskins
63. Tyler Boyd. CIN, WR29, Previous Ranking: 63
Opponent: at Bills
64. Terry McLaurin, WAS, WR30, Previous Ranking: 73
Opponent: vs. Bears
65. Jamison Crowder, NYJ, WR31, Previous Ranking: 66
Opponent: at Patriots
66. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR32, Previous Ranking: 54
Opponent: at Browns
67. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR33, Previous Ranking: 67
Opponent: vs. Rams
68. Mark Andrews, BAL, TE5, Previous Ranking: 76
Opponent: at Chiefs
69. Latavius Murray, NO, RB33, Previous Ranking: 69
Opponent: at Seahawks
70. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR34, Previous Ranking: 70
Opponent: at Patriots
71. Curtis Samuel, CAR, WR35, Previous Ranking: 71
Opponent: at Cardinals
72. D.K. Metcalf, SEA, WR36, Previous Ranking: 92
Opponent: vs. Saints
73. John Brown, BUF, WR37, Previous Ranking: 74
Opponent: vs. Bengals
74. Allen Robinson, CHI, WR38, Previous Ranking: 82
Opponent: at Redskins
75. Will Fuller V, HOU, WR39, Previous Ranking: 72
Opponent: at Chargers
76. Vance McDonald, PIT, TE6, Previous Ranking: 97
Opponent: at 49ers
77. O.J. Howard, TB, TE7, Previous Ranking: 57
Opponent: vs. Giants
78. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE8, Previous Ranking: 77
Opponent: at Colts
79. Darren Waller, OAK, TE9, Previous Ranking: 100
Opponent: at Vikings
80. Marvin Jones, DET, WR40, Previous Ranking: 80
Opponent: at Eagles
81. Delanie Walker, TEN, TE10, Previous Ranking: 75
Opponent: at Jaguars
82. Christian Kirk, ARI, WR41, Previous Ranking: 83
Opponent: vs. Panthers
83. Courtland Sutton, DEN, WR42, Previous Ranking: 84
Opponent: at Packers
84. John Ross III, CIN, WR43, Previous Ranking: 85
Opponent: at Bills
85. LeSean McCoy, KC, RB34, Previous Ranking: 86
Opponent: vs. Ravens
86. Kenyan Drake, MIA, RB35, Previous Ranking: 87
Opponent: at Cowboys
87. James Washington, PIT, WR44, Previous Ranking: 88
Opponent: at 49ers
88. Adrian Peterson, WAS, RB36, Previous Ranking: 89
Opponent: vs, Bears 
89. Chris Thompson, WAS, RB37, Previous Ranking: 90
Opponent: vs. Bears
90. Dede Westbrook, JAX, WR45, Previous Ranking: 91
Opponent: vs. Titans
91. Mecole Hardman, KC, WR46, Previous Ranking: 93
Opponent: vs. Ravens
92. Giovani Bernard, CIN, RB38, Previous Ranking: 95
Opponent: at Bills
93. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR47, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Buccaneers
94. Carlos Hyde, HOU, RB39, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Chargers
95. Frank Gore, BUF, RB40, Previous Ranking; NR
Opponent: vs. Bengals
96. Preston Williams, MIA, WR48, Previous Ranking:NR
Opponent:at Cowboys
97. Deebo Samuel, SF, WR49, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Steelers
98. Randall Cobb, DAL, WR50, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
99. DJ Chark, JAX, WR51, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Titans
100. Corey Davis, TEN, WR52, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Jaguars

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2