With the Redskins having placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate whether the team will trade Cousins, let him play under his one-year deal, or sign him to a long-term deal.
Each NFL player has their own way of preparing for the upcoming season.
Russell Wilson boxes. James Harrison plays beach volleyball – with 25 lb. medicine balls.
But come May 6th, teams begin a series of mandatory offseason workouts. This is a time for new teammates to get familiar and seasoned veterans to get back up to speed ahead of training camp.
The Washington Redskins had 36 in total, and required their players to attend at least 33 of them or face financial consequences. That didn't seem to faze six of Washington's biggest names.
Josh Norman, Landon Collins, Trent Williams, Paul Richardson, Quinton Dunbar and Vernon Davis will all be losing a cut of their salary after failing to attend the minimum number of Washington's off-season workouts.
By skipping the off-season workout program/not meeting the contractually mandated minimum of 90%, 6 Redskins players had their 2019 salaries reduced by:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 17, 2019
Josh Norman: $200k
Landon Collins: $175k
Trent Williams: $150k
Paul Richardson: $150k
Quinton Dunbar: $100k
Vernon Davis: $50k
For Norman, that's 26 business class round-trips from Reagan National Airport to Pamplona, Spain for future "Running of the Bulls."
That being said, neither Norman nor Collins, Richardson, Dunbar and Davis are question marks for Week 1.
Williams, however, may prolong his holdout until well after the start of training camp on July 28.
Thirty-three years to the day that former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a gruesome leg injury, Alex Smith suffered the same fate against the Houston Texans.
Theismann addressed the injury similarities between him and Alex Smith on Ian Rapoport's podcast, "RapSheet and Friends."
Ex-#Redskins QB Joe Theismann to RapSheet + Friends on Alex Smith: “He came very, very close to losing his leg and fortunately, he still has it. … Alex, for sure, will not play this year” — so what’s next? … Plus, @MikeGarafolo & @TomPelissero are back: https://t.co/30b3FsbKLb— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 17, 2019
"I was there that night," Theismann said. "I looked at it and I turned to [my wife] Robin and I said 'that's exactly like mine.'"
At that moment, Theismann was worried the injury was so severe Smith wouldn't be able to recover.
"He came very, very close to losing his leg and fortunately, you know, he still has it," Theismann said. "Alex for sure will not play this year."
With Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and 2019 first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins in the fold, Theismann noted it'll be hard for Smith to break back into the Redskins quarterback lineup.
"Ask yourself the question, 'Will he be able to compete as a starter?'" Theismann pondered. "Because you can't pay somebody $20 million as a backup. Just can't happen."
When asked if Smith could return and play at a high level, Theismann alluded to the problems that quarterbacks with leg injuries can have when trying to recover, especially when it comes to mechanics.
"I would say 'let's see how you feel one year from now,'" Theismann noted. "Picture a pitcher not being able to push off the mound. Picture a quarterback not being able to load his weight and go forward.
"And so what happens is when you think of that throwing mechanism, his body, his arm, his legs, his ability to turn and push, if one of those elements is lessened, the other areas have to make up for it."
"It's gonna be a long road," Theismann said of Smith's recovery.
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