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Redskins, Cousins agent will meet at the NFL Combine

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Redskins, Cousins agent will meet at the NFL Combine

The Redskins will sit down with Mike McCartney this week to continue the process of working out a long-term contract for his client, franchise tagged quarterback Kirk Cousins.

“Eric Schaffer, who’s a great guy and works hard for the Redskins, and I are going to get together this week,” McCartney told Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, just a few hours after the Redskins announced that they had placed the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins.

McCartney said that he has had “a few back and forths” with the Redskins since the end of the season, when the two sides were permitted to talk about a long-term deal again after being prohibited from doing so during the season as Cousins played on the franchise tag.

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Schaffer’s formal title is the Redskins’ Vice President of Football Administration. In layman’s terms he is the team’s contracts and cap guru. He and McCartney will work to hammer out the details of a deal that, if it gets done, will have a lot of zeroes in it.

How much will it take to get it done? McCartney strongly hinted that their position would start with making Cousins one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the game.

He was asked about using the extension that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck signed, a deal that carries an average annual value of $24.6 million, as a comparable deal to work off of in the negotiations. He said that they certainly would have to consider that contract in the negotiations. However, McCartney believes the price tag that the Redskins themselves put on Cousins is the best indicator of his value.

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“We’re sitting here today, we’ve had a one-year offer placed on Kirk that says he’s worth $24 million,” he said. “Kirk didn’t ask for that, I didn’t ask for that. The club chose to put that on him. Now, we’re very, very appreciative of that. We recognize that that’s a commitment from a club and they’re sending a message by making it non-exclusive that they see him as a franchise quarterback. And they’re willing to do that for one year. But that’s his value right now, until we do a deal.”

[McCartney apparently misspoke when he said that the tag was “non-exclusive” since it was exclusive]

Note that McCartney did not lock himself into a negotiating position, saying that the QB’s value is $24 million “right now, until we do a deal”. He could negotiate from a higher or lower number depending on what happens between now and the July 15 deadline to get a contract done.

In any case, he’s talking about high-priced territory. It remains to be seen if Schaffer, Bruce Allen, and Scot McCloughan are willing to talk about a deal in that neighborhood. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

The push for the Washington Redskins' name to change continued on Monday, as more than a dozen Native American groups sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force the franchise to change its name immediately, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press.

Demands from the letter were for the NFL to end the use of all Native American names, imagery and logos, specifically citing Washington's franchise. The Redskins' primary logo, which has been the same since 1972, features a modernized Native American with burgundy and gold feathers.

The Native American groups "expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples," the letter read.

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Last Friday, the Redskins released a team statement that the franchise was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name after public pressure from FedEx, PepsiCo, Bank of America, Nike and other major corporate sponsors called for a change.

Monday's letter comes on a day where many voices commented on a potential name change, including President Donald Trump. Additionally, D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said Monday that she's pleased with the organization's choice to review its name. Others, such as FS1's Skip Bayless, don't believe the franchise will change its name until it has to.

Outside of coronavirus and the social justice movement in America, the Redskins' name controversy might be the biggest storyline in the United States right now. These comments on Monday are just the latest proof of that.

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Redskins' Dwayne Haskins, Kendall Fuller react to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' lucrative extension

Redskins' Dwayne Haskins, Kendall Fuller react to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' lucrative extension

Patrick Mahomes sent shockwaves throughout the sports world on Monday afternoon, as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback agreed to a 10-year mega-extension worth a reported $503 million.

The passer's lucrative and well-earned deal caught the attention of several NFL players, including two Redskins: quarterback Dwayne Haskins and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

Haskins, a quarterback who eventually hopes for a large payday himself, wondered about the language of Mahomes' deal and if his annual salary was tied to the salary cap.

However, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mahomes' deal is worth $503 million over that span and not tied to the team's annual cap number.

As Schefter mentioned, Mahomes' deal was unprecedented, as it's the richest in sports history. Prior to Mahomes' extension, most of the largest contracts in sports have come from Major League Baseball, a league that has no salary cap. Over the past few seasons, we've seen MLB stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Gerrit Cole ink $300 million-plus deals. 

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So, when Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller saw Mahomes' new contract, seeing his former teammate ink a deal larger than these MLB stars is what he immediately thought of.

Mahomes has a baseball background himself; his father was a pitcher for Minnesota Twins and a handful of other teams. The quarterback was quite the baseball player himself, too, and was selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. He, of course, didn't sign, but played two seasons of college baseball at Texas Tech before fully focusing on football.

After the contract he signed MOnday, Mahomes can assure himself he made the right decision by sticking with football.

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