Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 29, 31 days before the March 1 NFL franchise tag deadline.


Days until:

NFL free agency starts (3/9) 39
—NFL Draft (4/27) 88
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 224

Sunday morning quick hitters

I’m not sure that Jay Gruden’s seat is as hot as many believe that it is. I don’t believe he can survive a 4-12 season and even 6-10 could put him in danger if there are signs that he lost the locker room. But I don’t think that it’s playoffs or bust for Gruden. Dan Snyder hasn’t fired a head coach who didn’t have double-digit losses since Marty Schottenheimer and that was 15 years ago.

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Although I think that Kirk Cousins getting tagged and traded is a scenario that is in play, I don’t see the 49ers giving up the No. 2 overall pick in the draft to get him. Yes, the Vikings gave up a first for Sam Bradford but it’s the 15th pick. Looking at the draft trade chart, the second (2,600 points) is worth about two No. 15 picks (1,050 each) plus a high second rounder. If a first-round pick is involved in a Cousins trade to San Francisco it likely would be their 2018 selection.


Some fans have asked me about the prospect of the Redskins getting Carolina free agent defensive tackle Kawaan Short in free agency. Although he would fill a need as he is a pass-rushing presence on the inside of the line, I don’t see the Redskins biting at the $17 million per year price tag that he should command on the open market.

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The estimate for Short’s deal comes from Spotrac. They assessed the market value for Chris Baker at $7.4 million per year. That’s a nice increase from the $3 million plus incentives he averaged on the three-year contract that just expired. Baker might give the Redskins a slight hometown discount but at age 29 this is likely his last big contract so he can’t go too low. I think they’ll work something out.

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