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Need to Know: Redskins will be in search of takeaways vs. the Bears

Need to Know: Redskins will be in search of takeaways vs. the Bears

CHICAGO—Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 24, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants. .

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Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Bears 1:00

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 8; Wild card playoff round starts 14

Injuries of note:
Out:
LB Cravens (upper arm), CB Dunbar (concussion)
Questionable: TE Reed (shoulder), LB Compton (knee), OLB Kerrigan (elbow), DE Baker (ankle)
Final injury report

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Bears

Reed likely out, spotlight on Davis: On Friday, the Redskins listed TE Jordan Reed as questionable. That designation means that there is better than a 50% chance the player will play. But according to multiple reports Reed will not suit up for the game. That is not surprising considering that he did not practice all week and that just five days ago he was in agony because of the shoulder. Vernon D,avis, who has had 10 receptions for just 71 yards in the three games that Reed has been out or limited and had a few drops against the Panthers, will need to step up.

Searching for takeaways: The Redskins have had one takeaway in their last three games and being on the minus side of the turnover ledger played a big part in them losing two of those games. Bears QB Matt Barkley has thrown seven interceptions in his five game appearances including three last week against the Packers. Also, Chicago has lost nine fumbles on the season. There will be opportunities there and the Redskins need to take advantage of them.

Improving their chances: As of right now, the website FiveThirtyEight.com has the Redskins with a 26 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat the Bears that chance goes up to 42 percent. A win over the Giants on New Year’s Day would boot that to 72 percent. A lot of fans have checked out in the team’s playoff chances but they have a good percentage of their fate in their own hands. For the record 538.com has the Redskins with a 62 percent chance of beating the Bears

Prediction: Before last Monday night, I would have picked the Redskins to win today without hesitation. But after they laid that egg against the Panthers I have to hesitate. Even though each game, as Kirk Cousins likes to say, is its own entity it’s easy to see how there will be some carryover effect. I think that the night game-short week-road game cycle affected them against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was evident today. But I think that the Redskins will find a way to slog through it. The Panthers have not been bad since their Week 7 bye, going 5-3 since then. The Bears have lost five of six. Rob Kelley gets 100 yards rushing, Cousins throws for about 250 and the defense does enough of the bend but don’t break thing to get the job done.

Redskins 24, Bears 20

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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. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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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. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler