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The quarterback market in the NFL is set to explode in free agency

The quarterback market in the NFL is set to explode in free agency

Reports show that free agent quarterback Mike Glennon could command as much as $15 million in the open market.

That means Kirk Cousins is going to get seriously paid. 

Selected in the third round of the 2013 draft, Glennon started 13 games for Tampa as a rookie.

The team won four of his starts, and his statistics were mediocre at best. He completed just under 60 percent of his passes, averaged about 200 yards passing per game but threw significantly more touchdowns (19) than interceptions (9). 

Since 2013, Glennon has started just five games, and in the last two years has thrown only 11 passes. For his career, Glennon completes 59 percent of his passes and averages about 195 passing yards per game. 

If anything has ever illustrated the lack of proficient QBs in the NFL, it's that those career numbers over a decent sample size will prove enough to get Glennon paid upwards of $15 million. Teams will be interested, no doubt, as the 6-foot-7, 225 lbs, Glennon certainly passes the eye test and the other options are so dire. 

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What does that mean for the Redskins?

It means Kirk Cousins is going to get paid.

In his last two seasons as starter, where he's started 33 straight games, Cousins has thrown for more than 9,000 yards while completing 68 percent of his passes to go with 54 TDs to 23 INTs.

Last season, Cousins accepted the franchise tag from Washington and made $20 million. This year, the Redskins again deployed the franchise tag, which will pay the QB about $24 million, though Cousins is yet to sign. 

It could be the 28-year-old out of Michigan State wants to see the big money. Reports show that the Cousins camp turned down a 5-year, $100 million offer from the 'Skins, and it would make sense if the passer expects his annual salary to start around the $24 million he is due to make in 2017 under the tag.

Much remains uncertain for Cousins and the Redskins, but this much is clear: If Glennon is worth $14/15 million, Cousins is worth much, much more. 

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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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Report: Jay Gruden interviewing for Jaguars offensive coordinator job

Report: Jay Gruden interviewing for Jaguars offensive coordinator job

Jay Gruden’s absence from football might only last a few months. 

The former Redskins head coach is reportedly interviewing for the Jacksonville Jaguars vacant offensive coordinator position, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Jacksonville parted ways with John DeFlippo last Monday after just one season with the team. 
 

The few times Gruden has spoken since being fired by Washington in October, the former head coach has expressed a strong desire to get back into coaching. Gruden recently told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport he’s been “itching to do something” and “would like an office to go to,” according to Garafolo. 

Interviewing for an offensive coordinator position is not unfamiliar territory for Gruden. He spent the past six years as the head coach in the nation’s capital, but perhaps his most success in the NFL was when the 52-year-old was the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Behind the solid play of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, the Gruden-led offense in Cincinnati resulted in three straight playoff appearances. 

Should be be hired in Jacksonville, Gruden would have some promising pieces to work with. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew showed plenty of hope in the 12 games he started, and second-year wideout D.J. Chark enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. Additionally, running back Leonard Fournette finished with a career-high 1,152 rushing yards last season. 

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan have reportedly interviewed for the gig as well. 

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