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Need to Know: The week that was--Barry gone and plenty of money to rebuild the D

Need to Know: The week that was--Barry gone and plenty of money to rebuild the D

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 7, 53 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.

Timeline

Days until:
NFL free agency starts 61
NFL draft 110
First Sunday of 2017 season 246

Top stories of the week that was and Tandler’s comments

Defensive coordinator Joe Barry fired—My take on Barry all year has been that it won’t make any difference if he’s gone if the organization doesn’t take further steps. Those steps include getting in a defensive coordinator with a proven philosophy and then signing and drafting quality players who are fits in that philosophy. Fans got their scalp and that’s fine. But a new man on the headset won’t change things all by himself.

Mock draft 1.0—Sure it’s waaaay too early. I mean, there’s another week and a half to go before the deadline for underclassmen to declare. But I’ll bet you’re going to check out who Ben Standig has the Redskins taking with the 17th pick. I don’t know what they’re going to do but I am confident in saying that it won’t necessarily be a defensive player. It will be the best available player. Scot McCloughan has a philosophy and he’s going to stick to it.

Cousins on new contract: 'Not trying to suck out every dollar possible'—The quarterback’s approval rating has taken something of a hit since he that critical interception against the Giants six days ago. His somewhat uncomfortable and neutral answer after the game when asked if he wanted to remain with the Redskins didn’t help things. His attempt to smooth things over the next day on his regular appearance on with Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan but it fell kind of flat. His awkward attempt to say that he didn’t want to take too little because the precedent would hurt future quarterbacks’ earnings was widely panned as disingenuous.

Redskins have ample cap space to work with—As noted above, the Redskins have a lot of defensive needs and a starting quarterback who is a free agent. They also have Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson going into free agency, among others. The good news is that they have a lot of cap space to work with and the ability to create more if they choose to move on from some veteran players. The organization has done a good job of bouncing back from the $36 million cap penalty that was spread between the 2012 and 2013 seasons and get into such good cap position now while remaining reasonably competititve.   

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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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