Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 13, 44 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 32
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 50
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 89
The five most important events of the offseason
The Redskins are about to close the loop on their front office situation with a 9 a.m. announcement of the new personnel structure. That, obviously, will be big news. Let’s look back and count down the five most important events that have occurred since the season ended on January 1.
5. Drafting Jonathan Allen—The Redskins had not drafted a defensive lineman in the first round since 1997 so the pick was significant. They also got a very good one. Allen was widely considered to be one of the top half dozen or so players in the draft pool but some odd circumstances and questionable selections by other teams let him slide back to No. 17. There is real hope that Allen can be a cornerstone of a defense that is a strength of the team rather than a weakness that needs to be compensated for.
4. Free agency arrivals and departures—Chris Baker, DeSean Jackson, and Pierre Garçon punched their tickets out of town soon after free agency started in March. The Redskins got out the checkbook and focused mostly on the defense, bringing in linemen Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee, linebacker Zach Brown, and safety D.J. Swearinger. They did try to mitigate the loss of their starting receivers by bringing in Terrelle Pryor.
3. Kirk Cousins gets and signs exclusive franchise tag—This is a big deal because it never has happened to a quarterback before. Before Cousins in 2016, the only quarterback to play a season on a franchise tag was Drew Brees. The Chargers did not tag him for a second time. He signed the tender a few weeks after getting it, guaranteeing him a 2018 salary of nearly $24 million. There was a lot of chatter about a possible trade around the time of the combine but it turned out to be nothing but noise.
2. Coaching staff moves—Defensive coordinator Joe Barry was fired, along with some of his position coaches. Greg Manusky replaced Barry and Jim Tomsula was hired to coach the defensive line. Everyone knew that offensive coordinator Sean McVay would become a head coach eventually but his time came a year or two earlier than many thought it would as he was hired as the Rams head coach. Matt Cavanaugh took his place. Finally, after all of the staff shakeups underneath him Jay Gruden got a two-year contract extension that carries through the 2020 season.
1. Scot McCloughan fired—This was one of the ugliest chapters in memory, starting with McCloughan first being left home as the team sent its contingent to the NFL Combine. Then they let him twist in the wind for a week or so before firing him while having an anonymous source trash his character on the way out the door. The impact of the departure of one of the best talent evaluators in the business will take a couple of years to determine. The other end of this story will be closed out this when the team announces the new front office structure created in the wake of firing McCloughan.
Tandler on Twitter
Sure he can. He has the leverage to do so. And when he signs he will be making more than AR. Until AR signs new deal. How it works.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) June 12, 2017
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