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Questions emerge about who has Redskins final say in Kirk Cousins contract talks

Questions emerge about who has Redskins final say in Kirk Cousins contract talks

With just over 24 hours before the negotiation deadline to make a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, questions have emerged about who has the final say for the Redskins. Adam Schefter, speaking on ESPN980 on Wednesday, explained that the contract talks are stalled because decision makers have determined Cousins' value, and will not exceed that certain dollar figure.

 From Schefter:

All I can say is the most powerful voice or voices have ruled that [Cousins] is worth only a certain amount of money. I mean you tell me who’s got the most powerful voice or voices there, because whoever that is, whoever controls the purse strings so to speak, has deemed Kirk Cousins to be worthy of a number that is significantly less then what would be the two year franchise tag, which is essentially, if you put two years in the franchise tag would be $44 million, and I don’t think they have come anywhere close to that in terms of guaranteed money.

Schefter's analysis comes at an interesting point with the Redskins running out of time to negotiate with Cousins and both sides very much at an impasse. Depending what stories you believe, some reports suggested that Washington GM Scot McCloughan wanted to work out a multi-year deal with Cousins midseason last year, but that notion was brushed aside higher up the 'Skins food chain. 

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Regardless of what may or may not have happened last year - the reality is without a new deal, Cousins will enter the 2016 season on a one-year deal, and if he performs well, the Redskins will be forced to pay much more in 2017 than they will now. It is also possible Cousins could underperform this fall, saving the Skins money next year. 

Schefter, however, doesn't expect that.

"What are the chances he is appreciable worse? That’s not going to happen, he’s going to be as good as he was last year, if not better," Schefter said.

Washington may be deploying a strategy here, trying to see if the Cousins camp might blink and accept lesser money or guarantees. Contract negotiations often move swiftest near deadlines, and last year four long-term contracts were signed on franchise deadline day.

No matter what happens, unfortunately, Schefter's comments raise questions about the Redskins that fans don't want to hear. McCloughan has impressively rebuilt the 'Skins roster in just two seasons, and if the GM wants to bring back Cousins, the deal ideally should get done. 

"Credit to those men, Scott McCloughan, Sean McVay, Jay Gruden they did the right thing, they made a smart decision," Schefter said of last year's call to start Cousins over Robert Griffin III. "But again if you are Kirk Cousins, you’re going to do what’s best for you in the future. He rewarded those people for their decision last year, they won a division title, right? So he expects to be rewarded for what he’s done."

Friday at 4 pm is the deadline. Stay tuned. 

 

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The Kapri Bibbs touchdown vs. the Cowboys was the very definition of team football

The Kapri Bibbs touchdown vs. the Cowboys was the very definition of team football

The obsession over how football is a team game, and how all 11 guys on the field matter on every single play, can be nauseating at times.

Plenty of things in an NFL contest happen because of one player beating another player. In other instances, it's about a single dude just absolutely screwing everything up all on his own (most often that dude is Blake Bortles).

But on Kapri Bibbs' 23-yard opening-drive touchdown catch vs. the Cowboys in Week 7, a ton of non-ball-carrying Redskins did in fact chip in to help get Bibbs into the end zone. It was one of those plays that just makes you want to scream FOOTBALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!

The first two 'Skins who deserve recognition on the score are Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff.

Lauvao, who was returning from injury, leaked out with Scherff and Chase Roullier to serve as Bibbs' personal, giant escorts to the goal line. He then showed excellent awareness to peel back and seal off Dallas D-linemen Antwaun Woods, which ended any hopes of a Cowboy catching Bibbs from behind.

The true hero, though, was Scherff. The human wood chipper got pieces of two opposing linemen before breaking out to the next level, diving and knocking Kavon Frazier out of Bibbs' path. Without Scherff's insane effort, the screen pass doesn't even result in positive yardage, let alone six points.

Here's a still image of the first two, key blocks:

Large Redskins weren't the only ones getting the job done in hand-to-hand combat, however. For a screen to elevate itself from solid play to major chunk play, you need receivers doing work well past the line of scrimmage, too.

Well, this screenshot of Josh Doctson and Brian Quick holding blocks at the sticks definitely qualifies as doing work:

And, lastly, there's the center, Roullier. The man who started the entire sequence with a snap from the 23-yard line eventually found himself at the 12, displacing Byron Jones to ensure that the home team's tailback would finish things dancing instead of getting up from the ground:

To enjoy the full FOOTBALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!-ness of the six-pointer, head to the 23-second mark of this video. Then, take a moment to reflect on all those poor Cowboys who thought they were going to tackle Kapri Bibbs throughout the course of that highlight, because they never really had a chance and that's just so sad for them.

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What exactly was Alex Smith thinking when he went out of bounds on the last drive?

What exactly was Alex Smith thinking when he went out of bounds on the last drive?

FEDEX FIELD -- Late in the Redskins win over the Cowboys, when the contest was still very much in question, Alex Smith made an incredibly poor decision. 

It was situational football at its peak. The Redskins had the ball with under 90 seconds left and a three point lead while Dallas had just one timeout left. A first down would end the game, but beyond getting a new set of downs, forcing Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to use his final timeout was the next highest priority. 

Somehow, Smith achieved neither. 

On third-and-9 from his own 36-yard-line, Smith took the snap and worked left on a play-action bootleg. There was room to run for a modest gain, but it seemed obvious Smith would not pick up the first down. 

Only Smith didn't see it that way. 

"I knew a first down would end the game and I did have glimpses of myself getting the first down whatever it took," the quarterback said. 

Instead of getting the first down, Smith got dragged out of bounds by Dallas LB Sean Lee. That stopped the clock for the Cowboys, and allowed Garrett to save his final timeout. 

Barring a turnover, it was the worst possible outcome on the play. 

What makes the situation so strange is that Smith is a very smart player. A 14-year veteran, Smith is known as a guy that won't make mistakes to hurt his team and gives his squad a chance for a win every week. Only late in the game, Smith tried to make the play to go for the win, and made a huge mistake instead. 

"I all of a sudden found myself pretty awkward on the sidelines there and can’t have it," Smith said. "[I] could have obviously cost us the game in hindsight at that point, I think kinda abandon ship and go down there on the sideline.”

The good news for Smith, and for the 4-2 Redskins, is that Cowboys kicker Brett Maher plunked the upright on his game-tying field goal attempt. An attempt that might not have happened if Smith stayed in bounds. 

In the end, it didn't cost the Redskins. 

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