Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 11, 37 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.
—NFL Draft (4/27) 47
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 74
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 126
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 183
The Redskins week that was
This week has been one of the craziest in Redskins history with reports, many of them conflicting, flying around. Because of that I’m doing the week that was a little differently today. Instead of linking the most popular articles of the week I’ll list the top five topics and give you my take on those. These are presented in no particular order.
The end of the road for McCloughan—The McCloughan-Redskins relationship seemed to be doomed from the start. McCloughan was a genius with a fatal flaw and the Redskins were one of few places where he had an opportunity to resume his career. But the atmosphere at Redskins Park—or at many other NFL facilities—is not conducive to handling issues like McCloughan has. While McCloughan had a hand in his own demise the Redskins could not have handled the whole thing any worse.
Kirk Cousins—Will he sign it or won’t he? Will he get traded or will he stay? Is a long-term deal out of the question? Other than the fact that he did sign the tender we don’t really know a whole lot more about his status for 2017 and beyond than we did a week ago. No matter what happens, we’ll always have the memories of the whacky Ian Rapoport report that said that a trade that would send Cousins to the 49ers, high draft picks to the Cowboys, and Tony Romo to Washington was a possibility.
Gruden extended—Yes, that did happen this week, although it seems like an eternity ago. There was a PR element in the timing, no doubt about it. But it had been in the works for quite some time. The extension does give a sense of stability although it may be a false sense. The money in the additional two years is guaranteed; the job is not. If things go south Dan Snyder will not hesitate to stroke the check and send Gruden packing. Regardless, his power at Redskins Park increased with the new contract; Gruden was one of the few at Redskins Park who ended the week better off than he was when he started it.
Terrelle Pryor signed—The Redskins get to put Pryor on a one-year tryout before deciding if they want to give him a pricier, long-term deal. At 6-5 he gives the Redskins a huge red zone target to send out along with the 6-2 Josh Doctson. Pryor is still learning the position and once he learns the tricks of the trade like using his big body to shield away defenders. At the very least his addition gives the team a year to develop a receiver if they draft one in the middle rounds at the end of next month.
Defensive free agents—D. J. Swearinger isn’t an ideal safety to pair with Su’a Cravens since both are probably better at strong. But Swearinger did play single high with the Cardinals so that’s a possibility. I think you also could see a three-safety look with Will Blackmon playing free. Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee are “just a guy” types with injury histories. They got relatively modest deals and if they can stay healthy they can contribute in a rotation.
Tandler on Twitter
In response to an Adam Schefter tweet saying that FOX is trying to get Tony Romo in a broadcast booth:
Ya know, I’ve been thinking that there aren’t enough ex-Cowboys in NFL PxP booths and network studio shows. https://t.co/2Q8ncHmVcR— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 11, 2017
In case you missed it
- Might be more help coming for Redskins on D-line, per report
- Mike Mayock believes in Kirk Cousins as QB of the future
- Cousins signs franchise tender, giving Redskins options
- McCloughan's personnel record hits and misses with Redskins
- How does Pryor fit in Washington?
- Redskins sign 1,000 yard receiver
- NFL Network analyst reportedly a top candidate for Redskins GM job
- What does Cousins signing the franchise tag mean?
- Should the Redskins make an internal promotion to GM?
- Terrelle Pryor joins Redskins Nation after joining the team
- Casserly: Cousins might be Romo 2.0
- Redskins still have more holes to patch in free agency
- Browns release RG3