Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 3, 10 days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.
—Today's schedule: Bye week
—Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 10; Packers @ Redskins 17; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 21
Five Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2017
During the bye week I’ll spend some time looking ahead at the 2017 offseason and what might happen then. Today, I look at some players who are unlikely to be back in 2017.
S Duke Ihenacho—He can play some but the coaches seem determined to give him only minimal playing time. The word is that he freelances too much. He will be an unrestricted free agent and he seems likely to head someplace that that will give him more of an opportunity to play. It would be surprising if the organization made much of an effort to bring him back.
S DeAngelo Hall—The veteran will have a year left on his contract at a salary of $4.25 million. But this makes three years in a row that he has lost a substantial chunk of the season to an injury. It’s hard to see the team bringing him back at age 33 under those circumstances. Even if he is willing to take a pay cut, it would be hard for the team to count on him at any price.
OL Kory Lichtensteiger—This is another player who has missed a lot of time with injuries in the past couple of years. It looks like the team is happy to have Spencer Long at center and the guard spots look set. There just doesn’t appear to be any need to have him back at a $3.25 million salary.
WR DeSean Jackson—You don’t have to dig too deep here. All you have to do is see Jackson’s reaction on the many occasions when he is open deep and doesn't get the ball. Unless the Redskins make him a financial offer he can’t refuse he’s probably going to look elsewhere. And Scot McCloughan is unlikely to be inclined to make a pre-emptive offer to a 30-year-old who has priorities other than OTAs in the spring.
WR Pierre Garçon—The popular theory is that McCloughan will make a run to keep at least one of his veteran wide receivers. But I think that Garçon will want to move along; like Jackson he sees to be frequently frustrated.
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