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Need to Know: Redskins' one-year deal for Zach Brown has risk and reward for both parties

Need to Know: Redskins' one-year deal for Zach Brown has risk and reward for both parties

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 4, 23 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 13
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 38
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 50
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 102
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 150

Three and out—Zach Brown edition

1. According Pro Football Talk and other such analysis sites, Zach Brown was the best available free agent still on the market. The Redskins brought him in for a visit yesterday morning and struck a deal with him in the afternoon.

To be sure, Brown was ranked in the 40’s when the ratings first came out. He’s not a game-changing talent but a solid addition to a defense that needs all the help it can get.

For right now, it looks like they will start Brown and Will Compton at the two inside linebacker spots and have Mason Foster come in for nickel situations, something he did well last year after Su’a Cravens went out with an injury.

2. Brown reportedly agreed to a one-year deal. We don’t have any financial terms yet but LB Kevin Minter, who started 32 games for the Cardinals in the last two years, signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Bengals last month. It is a safe assumption that Brown’s deal is somewhere in that vicinity, perhaps with some incentives that could add to his pay.

3. The Redskins now have two potential starters, Brown and WR Terrelle Pryor, on one-year deals.

Often it is the player’s choice. As noted, Brown was looking for around $6 million per year in a one-year deal. He didn’t find any takers. So instead of setting for whatever he could get over three or four years and get locked into that, he opts for a one-year deal that will give him a decent payday and hope that he can cash in next year. He’ll be 28 when free agency comes around in 2018 and he hopes to be able to cash in.

Brown is taking a risk of injury by doing this. He knows all about that; in 2015 he played in one game before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. But it’s a chance he’s willing to take.

In some cases the team may prefer the one-year deal as it minimizes their risk. Free agents aren’t always good fits into a team’s culture or system. Instead of committing to a long-term deal and committing the guaranteed money needed to get that deal done, a one-year deal essentially lets them rent before buying.

The risk for the team is if the player blows up and has a big season. They then may have a situation where the player may be priced out of their range

Out—Brown’s deal will pay him up to $4.65 million. If it all goes against this year’s cap (that will depend on how the incentives are structured) they will have about $6.6 million in 2018 cap space. The Redskins will be at the point where they will need to do something to create more room. They need about $2 million in net cap space to sign their draft picks and they will want about $5 million to ensure that they don’t have to coast across the finish line on fumes.

One way to get more space is to rework DeAngelo Hall’s contract, which calls for him to make $4.25 million this year. They also could save up to about $7.5 million by restructuring Trent Williams’ contract, converting some of his 2017 salary into signing bonus and spreading the cap hit out over the remaining four years of his contract.  

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Who to root for in Week 12 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

Who to root for in Week 12 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

The playoff picture in the NFC is extremely crowded with only six weeks left in the regular season. Right in the middle of that muddled playoff picture is none other than the Washington Redskins. 

Up until this point, many Redskins fans were sure that the only way their team could make the postseason was by winning the division. With Alex Smith’s season-ending injury, that mindset has not changed for many of the Burgundy and Gold faithful.

While that may be true, they still are a half game up over the second Wild Card in the NFC. As the division leader, they are fighting for a better spot in the NFC playoff bracket. Heck, before Week 11 Washington was only two games out of homefield advantage in the conference.

The Redskins are 6-4 and still control their own destiny. They will finish somewhere between 12-4 (normally first-round bye territory) and 6-10 (well out of the playoff picture). 
Help would be much appreciated from the Redskins this week. So, here are the results that would greatly benefit the Redskins in Week 12. 

Redskins Week 12 Rooting Guide

Chicago Bears (7-3) vs. Detroit Lions (4-6)
Thursday, Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m.

This is one of those matchups that hinges on the Redskins taking care of business this week. Chicago affects the Redskins placement in the NFC bracket. Detroit is still trying to stay alive in the Wild Card race. With Washington currently in the driver’s seat for the division title, root for the Lions

Atlanta Falcons (4-6) vs. New Orleans Saints (9-1)
Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8:20 p.m.

Losing to both of these teams gives both the Falcons and the Saints an extra half game edge over the Redskins. With the way that the Saints are playing right now and enjoying a three-game lead (essentially a 3.5 game lead) over Washington, it is hard to imagine the Redskins catching New Orleans. The Falcons, meanwhile, are a legitimate threat in the Wild Card. Root for the Saints.

Seattle Seahawks (5-5) vs. Carolina Panthers (6-4)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

This is a tough game to decide on. Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the Wild Card, and Washington has the head-to-head over them. But Seattle is the first team outside of the Wild Card, a half game back from Minnesota. The Redskins want neither of these teams to win this week, but if you have to pick one root for the Seahawks since they have a worse winning percentage.

New York Giants (3-7) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

A pretty easy decision here. If the Giants win, no matter what the Redskins do in Dallas, will have at the very least a two-game advantage over both of these division opponents. Root for the Giants.

San Francisco 49ers (2-8) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Neither team should be a factor at all for the Redskins. If you find yourself watching this game you can root for the 49ers.

Arizona Cardinals (2-8) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (7-3)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4:05 p.m.

AFC vs. NFC, always root for the AFC (for now). Root for the Chargers.

Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) vs. Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8:20 p.m.

A second tie between both of these teams would help make the playoff picture look a lot less confusing. That wouldn’t be the best result for the Redskins though; they have the tiebreaker over the Packers. Root for the Packers, and against Kirk Cousins’ Vikings.


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Adrian Peterson says he still uses corporal punishment on his children

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Adrian Peterson says he still uses corporal punishment on his children

In 2014, Adrian Peterson was suspended for the entire season after he was charged with felony child abuse. The MVP running back was placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list by the Vikings after it was revealed that he disciplined his 4-year-old son by beating him with a long tree branch, often referred to as "a switch."

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson told USA Today in 2014. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, however, Peterson revealed that he still disciplines his son.

Four years removed from the trial, he still uses physical forms of punishment to discipline his children—"I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt," Peterson says—though he employs other techniques as well. He will take away their electronics, place them in different timeouts around the house, have them do wall squats. "There's different ways I discipline my kids," he says. "I didn't let that change me."

The new quotes could lead to legal or NFL punishment, according to Pro Football Talk. Part of Peterson's reinstatement was dependent upon counseling and improving his parenting skills.

 "You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in an official release at the time.

Peterson and the Redskins return to action on Thanksgiving when they head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. ET.