Need to Know: In Redskins, Cousins contract saga, watch what they do


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 28, 32 days before the March 1 NFL franchise tag deadline.


Days until:

NFL free agency starts (3/9) 40
—NFL Draft (4/27) 89
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 225

The best of the Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts on Real Redskins and on CSN Midatlantic from this week along with my take on them. 

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for with Kirk Cousins—There was plenty of Kirk Cousins material this week from this one about the potential for a trade with the 49ers to Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen and Cousins himself with some happy talk about his future. While we’re going to continue to publish posts when something relevant is said but I’ll continue to say what I always say—don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

Related: NFL mock draft ver. 2.0

The first round of the draft could fall into place for the Redskins—Some fans will never get used to the concept of drafting the best player available as opposed to drafting for need. I’ll just say that reaching for need does a team no good in either the short term or in the long term and leave it at that. But that may not be a debate this year as it seems that there is a very good chance that a player who plays the Redskins primary position of need also will be the best player on the board. Then everyone can be happy with the draft. Well, maybe not.


3 reasons why promoting Matt Cavanaugh makes sense for 'Skins—I guess fans like things in groups of three since the post on three reasons why the Redskins promoted Greg Manusky was right behind the Cavanaugh post in page views. And just a couple of spots down with one on three reasons to be wary of the Cavanaugh hire. The bottom line here is that I understand the concern over the new coordinators, particularly Manusky. But we’re just going to have to wait until the season starts to really see how the decisions worked out.

More Redskins: Breaking: DeSean Jackson is still fast

The Final Countdown: (No. 7) Eli goes deep, Redskins go down—JP Finlay and I have been looking at the best and worst plays of the 2016 season over the past week or so. It’s an interesting trip down memory lane. We are holding the last three in the series to roll out on TV on CSN next week but the links to the rest of the posts in the series are at the bottom of this post.

NTK: Five Redskins who are salary cap bargains in 2017—One of the reasons that the Redskins have $62 million in salary cap room (besides not have their starting QB on the payroll yet) is that they have a number of productive players who on the low end of the wage scale.

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