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Need to Know: Setting the odds on what's next for Redskins and Kirk Cousins

Need to Know: Setting the odds on what's next for Redskins and Kirk Cousins

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 1, 1 day before the start of the NFL Combine.  

Timeline

Days until:

—Start of NFL free agency (3/9) 8
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 47
—NFL Draft (4/27) 57
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 193

What happens to Cousins next?

The exclusive franchise tag has been applied to Kirk Cousins but that is only the beginning of the process. What happens now? Let’s get out the $100 in imaginary casino chips and set the odds.

Cousins plays the season on the tag, $60 He seems to want to do this despite the risks involved. It would virtually guarantee that he could never get tagged again and that he would be a true free agent in 2018. Unfettered free agency is rare for a competent quarterback in his prime and Cousins could command a record-shattering contract.

Cousins signs a long-term deal worth more than $24.6 million per year, $10 The $24.6 million is “Andrew Luck money”, the average annual value of the extension the Colts’ quarterback got last year. This could be Cousins’ goal, based on the one-year $24 million franchise tag salary. I think the Redskins will balk at going that high but desperate times lead to desperate measures.

Cousins signs a long-term deal for less that “Luck money”, $20 I think that the Redskins’ comfort zone for a long-term deal isn’t a whole lot higher than $22 million. That may be lower than Cousins’ camp wants to go but maybe they could compromise somewhere in the $22.5-$23 million neighborhood.

Cousins gets traded, $10 Earlier today I would have put more on this possibility, maybe as much as $25. But the exclusive tag puts a damper on the trade speculation even though it’s very much a live possibility. Within this proposition I’ll put $85 on the 49ers and $15 on the field.

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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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