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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—New starters on D, middle round picks critical

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 8, 19 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 9
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 34
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 46
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 155

The Redskins week that was

Tandler’s take on five of the most popular CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com posts of the last week.

2011 bill comes due, Redskins' salary cap space shrinks—The Redskins lost $4.5 million in cap space and some fans freaked out. But the team knew it was coming as some cap space they “borrowed” back in 2011 and 2012 had to be repaid.

The Redskins' draft could hinge on their middle round picks—It’s fairly easy to get two starters and a key role player out of the first three rounds of the draft. And it takes some excellent scouting and a lot of luck to get much more than reserves and practice squad players late on Saturday. The middle rounds, the Redskins’ two picks in round four and one in round five, are likely to determine if their draft is a success.

Redskins agree to deal with free agent Zach Brown—Some thought that his visit on Monday was just a favor to his agent, to try to spur the Raiders into pulling the trigger on a multi-year contract. But Brown didn’t leave without a contract. He adds an element of speed that’s missing from the Redskins’ defense.

 

New players will dominate Redskins defense—Different isn’t always better but the Redskins’ defense really has no place to go but up after its 2016 performance. After obtaining Zach Brown it is now likely that they will have at least five new starters—D.J. Swearinger and Su’a Cravens at safety, Brown at inside linebacker, and Stay McGee and Terrell McClain on the defensive line. That number will increase if they draft another inside linebacker and/or a nose tackle. Having that much turnover is not always ideal but the probably represent an upgrade.

Why the Redskins are unlikely to trade for Richard Sherman—It’s because of money. Even if the Redskins and Seahawks could come to an agreement on compensation there are short- and long-term problems. The short-term problem is that with about $9 million in remaining cap space they couldn’t fit Sherman’s $11.4 million salary under their cap without restructuring. In the long term, they can’t afford to add another high-priced cornerback with Josh Norman already on a deal that averages $15 million/year.

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