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Need to Know: Ross' fast 40 may put him out of Redskins' reach

Need to Know: Ross' fast 40 may put him out of Redskins' reach

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

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 43
—NFL Draft (4/27) 53
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 132
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 189

Sunday morning six pack

1. It appears that we finally have some movement on the Chris Baker front.

Now, if I’m Baker I probably would wait until free agency actually starts and see if he gets any other offers and get a little bidding going. But that’s his choice. He seems to want to stay and if he doesn’t accept the offer and the Redskins find a D-lineman who will, they could pull the offer and Baker would be looking for work elsewhere. If the Redskins don’t try to lowball him the chances are good he’ll be back.

2. Washington WR John Ross has been mocked to the Redskins frequently as a potential DeSean Jackson replacement. I never thought it would happen and what happened yesterday seals it. After speeding into the combine record books in Saturday, he’ll probably be gone by the time pick No. 17 comes around.

3. I got a question about how much cap space the first-round draft pick will consume:

Again, I don’t expect the pick to be Ross but the contract will be the same regardless of what position the draft selection plays. It will be a four-year deal worth $11.5 million. The first-year cap hit will be $2.1 million and it will gradually rise to $3.7 million in the fourth year. The Redskins will have a fifth-year option in their first-round pick. The cost of that will be determined by the position the player plays.

4. The Redskins being involved in a blockbuster trade would have made my job easy for a long while, but there were just too many red flags that made the supposed proposal make no sense at all.

5. I am firmly on record as saying that the Redskins need to get Kirk Cousins signed to a new contract. But they can’t mess around too long with offers like the $20 million average annual value deal that was reported recently. Such proposals are simply a waste of time. If the Redskins are looking for the Cousins camp to come down off of $24 million, which seems to be their number, they need to make a substantial leap in their offer, maybe up to $22 million. That might persuade the Cousins camp to do some actual negotiating. Otherwise they could just run out the clock until likely unrestricted free agency in 2018. If it looks like things are headed in that direction it’s time to call Kyle Shanahan and play let’s make a deal.

6. Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell would fill a huge need for the Redskins and he could well be available at pick No. 17. But it appears that he may have some, uh, coachability problems.

https://twitter.com/LedyardNFLDraft/status/838124179769688064

That won’t fly in the NFL.

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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