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Need to Know: The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017

Need to Know: The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 16, 11 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 1
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 26
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 38
—Training camp starts (7/27) 102
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 147

The five Redskins with the best salary cap values

For a team to be successful under the NFL’s salary cap system it must have a number of players providing a high level of play for a relatively small share of the money available. These are the Redskins’ best cap values going into the 2017 season.

RB Rob Kelley, $540,000—The undrafted rookie didn’t even get a signing bonus so he is in line to get the second-year minimum with no added bonus proration. Even if the Redskins draft a running back it’s likely that Kelley will have a substantial role in the offense.

K Dustin Hopkins, $690,000—Sure, he went a little wobbly on field goals last year but he still hit on 81% of them and he is the most effective kicker from 50-plus years the team has had in a long time. A lot of his value stems from his kickoffs (70.7% touchbacks), taking a lot of pressure off the coverage teams.

WR Jamison Crowder, $751,400—Good wide receivers usually cost a bunch of money so if Crowder can improve on his 2016 line of 67/847/7 even a little bit he will prove to be a great value.

S Su’a Cravens, $1 million—He played fewer than 300 snaps last year but he had a key interception against the Giants, five passes defensed and a sack. If his playmaking increases proportionally to his playing time he will be a great value.

RT Morgan Moses, $1.97 million—A good starting right tackle will cost you about $6 million per year. Moses probably will make more than that next year when his rookie contract is up and he signs a new deal under a higher salary cap.

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Terry McLaurin expects Scott Turner to increase Washington's offensive tempo in 2020

Terry McLaurin expects Scott Turner to increase Washington's offensive tempo in 2020

On defense, Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio are emphasizing an approach that's heavy on attacking. They want their personnel moving upfield and playing with aggression, something Montez Sweat became just the latest to reference on Thursday.

They aren't the only side of the ball in Washington that's trying to be more assertive, though.

Also on Thursday, Terry McLaurin explained that he thinks the offense will be speeding things up in 2020 as they, too, aim to gain more control of every game.

"I feel like when you’re on offense, you should be dictating the tempo," the star receiver told reporters on Zoom. "You should decide when you guys get up to the line, when you’re snapping the play, when you’re calling audibles and running motions and things like that."

A major instigator of that change, according to McLaurin, will be new offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

"It’s just some things that Turner does a great thing on, that versatility and unpredictability," he said. "I’m really excited to see his style of play calling and how it works."

That type of plan could really aid a unit that's coming off a season where it was the NFL's worst at putting up points and entering a season where expectations aren't much higher. For a bunch that's slated to feature a second-year signal caller and set to surround him with a mostly very young supporting cast, picking up the pace will be useful.

And it's something Turner is already discussing. A lot.

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"I have heard Coach Turner speak numerous occasions on having some tempo in the way we get in the huddle, the way we get the play so the quarterback has enough time to assess what’s going on defensively," McLaurin said.

In evaluating Turner's entire scheme beyond the desire for operating with more speed, McLaurin identified it as a "very concise offense" that doesn't force the players to think too much. If they're not thinking, of course, they can devote more energy to producing. That is what every coach wants to accomplish in their job.

Overall, it wasn't surprising to hear McLaurin bring optimism to his presser with the media, because he's an optimistic person to begin with and August is not the time to touch on the shortcomings of one's team. 

Even so, as McLaurin was describing the mentality that Turner is instilling on his group, it was fun to, just for a moment, consider an outcome where things do click and they do take opponents by surprise.

At the very minimum, he laid out a compelling picture of how it could all come together.

"Just that attack mindset, it starts obviously up front with how we run the ball with Adrian Peterson and the group of guys we have on the offensive line, and then our skill players we have on the outside making plays, and I feel like that really opens up our offense because I feel like you can’t really key in on one thing or the other," he said. 

Having that vision and introducing that vision beginning on September 13 are two very different tasks, but the vision on its own is a promising one. In 2019, Washington was both lifeless and toothless with the ball. In 2020, they should at least improve in one of those areas.

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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