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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft impact, Jacoby snub

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft impact, Jacoby snub

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 11, 26 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 18
Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 65
—NFL Draft (4/27) 75
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 211

The Redskins week that was

Here is a look back at some of the most popular posts from the past week on www.RealRedskins.com and on CSNmidatlantic.com.

What are realistic expectations for Josh Doctson in 2017?—The word is that the 2016 first-round pick has been running, which is a step in the right direction. I expect him to look good in OTAs and in training camp but I’ll caution everyone to wait until we see him on the field in the preseason and once the games start counting before drawing any lasting conclusions.

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Looking for first-round value for the Redskins—After the season ended, Jay Gruden talked about the lack of impact that his teams have had from first-round picks. "We’re getting there, but we’ve had, what, two first-round picks since I’ve been here? One of them hasn’t played a down (Doctson), or played one game, and the other one is a guard (Brandon Scherff)," he said. "We have got to utilize our picks." That was a plea to Scot McCloughan to get him some impact players for him in the first round. The team didn’t have a first-rounder Gruden’s first year here as that pick was the last installment in the busted RG3 trade. It’s to Gruden’s credit that he has been able to keep the team competitive with relatively little impact (giving a nod to Scherff’s Pro Bowl selection but guard is just a low-impact position) from the first round.

Redskins yet to begin contract talks with multiple free agents—From the bit of checking around that I’ve done you could take “Redskins” in that headline and fill in the names of virtually every other NFL team and still have a story. Teams are still in the process of valuing players and there is no point in starting talks until they have their ducks in a row.

More Redskins: Money will be an issue in keeping DJax

Jacoby misses on Hall of Fame vote—I have one other angle on this topic, which has been well discussed this past week. I thought that championships were supposed to count for something in this process. Among the six players who got the nod, I counted a total of three rings, two for Terrell Davis and one for Kurt Warner. The other four players, LaDainian Tomlinson, Morten Anderson, Jason Taylor, and Kenny Easley, had a combined zero Super Bowl appearances in their careers. I guess rings matter when the panel wants them to matter.

The NFL business season gets underway for Redskins—We are in a bit of a lull right now but things pick up fast when the calendar hits March, with the NFL Combine starting up on the same day as the franchise tag deadline. The “legal tampering” period starts right after the combine and then free agency comes on March 9. Take a deep breath now before the NFL’s version of March Madness commences.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Here is my sunrise view from this morning:

Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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