Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 3, 114 days before the NFL draft.
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 65; NFL draft 114; First Sunday of 2017 season 250
End-of-season one-liners for each player, offense
QB Kirk Cousins—The chances he will be back on either the franchise tag or with a long-term deal are at least 80 percent, maybe higher.
QB Colt McCoy—He is under contract for 2017 and in the unlikely event that Cousins is not back he could be the starter, at least to start the season.
QB Nate Sudfeld—He was a “gamer” in preseason but he will have to learn to perform better in practice if he is ever going to see the field in the regular season.
RB Rob Kelley—Jay Gruden said he had a “great, great year” but I’m not so sure that applies to a back who averaged 4.2 yards per carry and had one 100-yard game.
RB Chris Thompson—The pending restricted free agent played all 16 games for the first time in his career.
RB Matt Jones—He averaged almost half a yard per carry more than Kelley, who replaced him as the starter in midseason, and had two 100-yard games to Kelley’s one; the ball security issues sunk his season.
RB Mack Brown—No idea how his career will unfold but he’ll always have that 61-yard TD run in Chicago to show his grandkids even if he doesn’t do anything else.
TE Jordan Reed—He would easily be the team’s best offensive player if he could play 16 games a year.
TE Vernon Davis—The veteran says that he would like to return and play six more years; the money will talk on the former and his nutritionist, chiropractor, and others will have to enable him to play to the age of 38.
TE Derrick Carrier—After a lost season spent trying to fully recover from his December 2015 knee injury, Carrier is under contract for one more year and likely will be back to compete for a roster spot in 2017.
WR DeSean Jackson—The conventional wisdom is that he will be gone as a free agent but the conventional wisdom doesn’t always apply to the way Scot McCloughan operates.
WR Pierre Garçon—Most think he will end up re-signing but see the above about the conventional wisdom.
WR Jamison Crowder—A slow finish (12 receptions for 122 yards in the last five games) turned what could have been an excellent season into a very good one.
WR Maurice Harris—He didn’t have a big rookie year but with a full offseason to work out and prepare he could have somemore impact in 2017.
WR Ryan Grant—In the last three games of the season, Harris played more snaps than Grant (53-37) an indication that Harris could move ahead of him on the 2017 depth chart.
OT Trent Williams—It will be interesting to see if his four-game suspension will cost him the All-Pro honors he deserves.
G Shawn Lauvao—We will see if the organization tries to replace arguably the weakest link on the offensive line.
C Spencer Long—After he made a good transition from guard the Redskins might look to lock him up with a contract extension this offseason.
G Brandon Scherff—He allowed just one sack this year and was rewarded with a Pro Bowl spot.
OT Morgan Moses—Williams’ suspension forced Moses to play through a pretty severe ankle sprain; Ty Nsekhe, the only reliable substitute tackle had to fill in for Williams.
OT Ty Nsekhe—He’s a restricted free agent and it will be interesting to see what kind of deal he ends up with.
C John Sullivan—He did a reasonably good job filling in for Long when he was out injured but may look for a starting job somewhere in 2017.
C/G Kory Lichtensteiger—After getting activated in Week 14 Lichtensteiger, who began the season as the starting center, didn’t play a snap.
OT Vinston Painter—He could be back next year to compete for a backup role.
G Arie Kouandjio—After struggling in one start and some spot work he did an acceptable job later in the year in his start against the Eagles.
Tandler on Twitter
I think that the only thing that might keep Kyle Shanahan from getting a head coaching job is a Falcons Super Bowl run.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) January 3, 2017
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