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Need to Know: The NFL business season gets underway for Redskins

Need to Know: The NFL business season gets underway for Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 6, 31 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  


Days until:

NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 23
—NFL Draft (4/27) 80
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 216

With the season over, looking ahead

The Super Bowl is over and now the Redskins and the NFL start to get down to the business end of the game. Here are some key dates coming up.

Today—Teams can release players who are on their rosters starting today. Don’t look for the Redskins to make any moves immediately. But they could soon move on from DB DeAngelo Hall ($4.25 million salary cap savings), OL Kory Lichtensteiger ($3.5 million), or TE Derek Carrier ($1 million). Also, in what is more of a technicality, the injured reserve list is cleared and all players under contract are on the roster, which has an offseason limit of 90 players.

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Feb 15-March 1—This is the window for teams to give the franchise or transition tags to players who are pending free agents. I think you’ve read plenty about the Kirk Cousins saga so I don’t have to tell you that things will get to be quite interesting as that March 1 deadline approaches.

Feb 28—The NFL Combines gets underway in Indianapolis. This is when the first group of players arrives; the media portion begins on March 2. This will be a particularly important draft for Scot McCloughan. He doesn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the “underwear Olympics” part of it, the 40 times and bench presses. Of more interest to him is the chance to get to know some of the players to see if they will be good fits in what he is trying to build.

March 9—The league year starts at 4 p.m. That means the start of free agency. Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Chris Baker, Cousins if he has not been tagged or signed, and 11 other Redskins will become unrestricted free agents. Trades between teams also can happen starting on this day. Teams also must be under the salary cap by 4 p.m. The Redskins will not have any problem doing that as they currently sit about $62 million under the cap.

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April 17—Offseason workouts begin. This starts with some conditioning drills and builds up to OTAs, which will start in late May, and minicamp, which comes in mid-June.

April 27-29—The NFL draft is conducted in Philadelphia. The Redskins currently have nine picks. They have the 17th overall pick plus one each in the second and third rounds, two each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds and no pick in the seventh. McCloughan has moved around on the draft board the last couple of years and there is no reason to believe that he won’t do the same this year.

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.



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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.