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Need to Know: Will LB Zach Brown's visit to Redskins Park end with a contract?

Need to Know: Will LB Zach Brown's visit to Redskins Park end with a contract?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 3, 24 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 14
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 39
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 51
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 103
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 151

Will the Zach Brown visit lead to a contract?

The Redskins are scheduled to bring linebacker Zach Brown in for a visit today.

As we all have learned, a visit does not necessarily mean a signing. It may not even mean serious interest in the part of the Redskins. This could be a favor to his agent to try to wake up the Raiders, who seem to be dragging their feet after they seemed to be near a deal a week ago. Or perhaps the Redskins will make a serious bid and end up signing him.

If he signs a one-year deal, which seems to be a trend this year among players who aren’t getting what they want in long-term deals, it would be his second such contract in a row. Brown will be 28 around midseason and he should perhaps try to get some security on a multi-year deal instead facing the prospect of playing for his fourth different team in four seasons in 2018. It’s hard for a player to realize his potential with such a lack of stability.

Should Brown sign, he likely would become the starter at Mo linebacker (or whatever Greg Manusky calls the inside LB who isn’t the Mike). The five-year veteran could bring an element of speed and athleticism that is lacking at the position. Mason Foster, who finished last year strong as the nickel linebacker after Su’a Cravens was injured, could return to that role with Cravens moving to safety.

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Brown was a playmaker last year, with an interception, two forced fumbles, and four sacks for the Bills. For his career he has seven picks, four forced fumbles, and 14 sacks.

Back to a potential contract, the Redskins have about $11.3 million in salary cap space. They would have a tough time signing him to a one-year deal for $5-$6 million, the salary range he reportedly has been seeking. That would leave them very tight on cap space. They need about $2 million to sign their draft picks. A $5 million hit would possibly have them needing to restructure or renegotiate some contracts to have enough of a cushion to get through the season.

If they can get him to agree to a multiyear deal, however, they could squeeze a three-year contract averaging $5 million per year into about $3 million in 2017 cap space. That would be something they should take a serious look at as Brown would be an upgrade on a defense that can use all the improvement it can get.

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Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

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While some may be hesitant to crown Dwayne Haskins the future of the Redskins organization, Doug Williams has made his stance on the former 2019 first-round draft pick clear: He's a fan.

“I’m a fan of him. We have a good relationship," Williams told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Like I tell him all the time, I don’t coach him, but I can coach him on a lot of other things other than on the football field and how to handle certain things. Him and I have a good relationship. "

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As the Washington Redskins SVP of Player Development, Williams has a significant role in the front office. Haskins is one of the biggest prospects taken while he's been an executive of the team.

"I hear all the media pundits and stuff talk about what we should do regarding Haskins," Williams said. "But from what I’ve seen this young man do last year, I can’t see too many people as or more talented than him.”

In Haskins' nine appearances last season, he threw for 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,365 yards. 

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Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Since Ron Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach in early January, he has insisted on finding competition for rising second-year passer Dwayne Haskins. Rivera found that competition when the Redskins acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job come training camp.

Rivera spoke to the local media on Tuesday for the first time since the trade and explained he envisions "a good competition" between the two. But as Rivera went on to rave about Allen's character, it's clear the Redskins new head coach brought in Allen for multiple other reasons besides just competing with the Redskins first-round pick from a year ago.

Allen -- an undrafted free agent in 2018 who started 12 games a season ago -- has played every role a quarterback can possibly have at some point during his first two seasons in the league. His mindset, and the ability to handle different roles and responsibilities, is something that stood out to the new Redskins head coach.

"What he's really concerned about is doing the best job he can," Rivera said. "If he ends up starting and being the guy, great. He'll be fired up about it. And if he's not, if he's in a backup role, he'll be fired up about that as well."

Although there will be some sort of QB competition, the Redskins don't necessarily expect Allen to win the job. Rivera even said as much during a radio interview last week, as the team plans to enter training camp with Haskins as QB1. Others, such as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, simply think Haskins is the better player.

But should Allen have to step in as the team's starter for one reason or another, Rivera has full confidence in the 24-year-old. Allen is familiar with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system, one he called difficult to grasp but a system that has plenty of potential once learned. 

When in Carolina, Allen spent two seasons in the same room as Cam Newton, someone Rivera referred to is having a "strong personality." Rivera was impressed with how Allen handled himself there, especially with there being constant change at the position due to multiple injuries to Newton and former Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke. 

"Having been around Kyle for two seasons, I've kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room," Rivera said. "He was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton, and Kyle handled himself tremendously. I just know what kind of person he is and feel like he's the kind of guy going into this, he's not threatened by anything."

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Outside of Haskins and Allen, the Redskins still have Alex Smith under contract as the veteran QB continues to recover from his gruesome leg injury. While Rivera has said not to rule out Smith in the past, the move to acquire Allen was something the head coach called "insurance," as Smith is still rehabbing and a ways away from returning to the field.

When taking the Redskins head coaching job, Rivera knew he would be tasked with turning around the culture in Redskins Park, a culture that has not seen playoff success in over a decade. Turning around a culture means finding people that will buy into the team mindset and the overarching goal within the organization, and that's something Rivera thinks Allen will do tremendously.

"He's the right kind of person for that room, and that's what I felt very strongly about," Allen said. "That's why we were able to make the deal with Carolina and bring him in. I just think he's got that real good sense about him, you know, being part of something is better than being an individual."

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