Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency is almost upon us


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 4, 5 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  


Days until:

—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 44
—NFL Draft (4/27) 54
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 133
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 190

The Redskins week that was

My take on the most popular posts of. the week from Real Redskins and CSN Mid Atlantic

Report: Redskins' Cousins 'not going anywhere'—The Redskins aren’t going to put up a “for sale” sign on their franchise-tagged quarterback. But if they get a strong impression that they won’t be able to sign Cousins to a long-term deal, you’d best believe that they will at least listen to what other teams have in mind. The odds are still against it but just because they are putting out a message like this don’t believe it is off the table.

NFL Mock Draft Ver. 4.0—In general mock drafts don’t start making sense until after free agency. But in four mock drafts for CSN Ben Standig has had the Redskins taking the same defensive lineman. I don’t think free agency will change the need there enough to change it.

'It's all bullsh**' the latest on McCloughan, per source—The McCloughan situation played out three days ago and we still don’t know much more now than we did then. Perhaps there is something going on but it just doesn’t ring true that a well-paid professional is missing a huge event like the combine because his 100-year-old grandmother died a month ago. Maybe there is another family matter that isn’t being disclosed. But based on the information we have, it doesn't pass the smell test.


Why won’t Redskins brass talk to the media at the NFL Combine? This was written prior to the McCloughan absence becoming common knowledge. Perhaps that’s the answer—they didn’t want Jay Gruden to have to answer questions about why McCloughan wasn’t there. Of course, there was a simple fix available. The team could have put out a statement saying that McCloughan would miss the combine due to personal reasons and Gruden could have taken to the podium and referred to the statement if he had been asked about it. But being transparent about such things just doesn’t seem to be in the organizational DNA. 

Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray? The combine is just underway and then free agency gets cranked up immediately after that. Seriously, it’s immediately. The last prospect workouts are Monday and at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday teams and player agents can start talking contracts. I don’t think they will go after an aging Nick Mangold or bring Latavius Murray into a crowded backfield depth chart. But, really, after the signed Josh Norman last year I can’t completely rule out anyone.

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