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Redskins fans don't need to worry about Kirk Cousins following Sean McVay

Redskins fans don't need to worry about Kirk Cousins following Sean McVay

When it became apparent that Sean McVay was a serious head coaching candidate, many Redskins fans got nervous.

The anxiety stemmed from the possibility that McVay might want to bring along the quarterback who helped make him successful, Kirk Cousins.

It was a two-way street. Cousins went from being a backup with an uncertain future to being a starter who passed for nearly 5,000 yards in 2016 under McVay. But Cousins will have to go forward without McVay and McVay will have to figure things out without Cousins.

That’s because the Rams already have their quarterback.

They gave up a boatload of draft picks last year to move up to No. 1 overall to take quarterback Jared Goff out of Cal.

Goff had a rough rookie season, starting seven games, completing 54.6 percent of his passes, averaging 4.3 yards per pass attempt and posting a passer rating of 63.6. The first job for McVay is to turn Goff into a competent NFL quarterback.


This doesn’t mean that the fans will turn down their worry meters. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who held the same job for the Redskins during Cousins’ first two years with the team, is a strong candidate for the 49ers head coaching job, which remains vacant.

However, the mechanics of getting Cousins away from the Redskins will be difficult.

The team is likely to franchise tag him, which would retain his rights. The only way for Cousins to get to another team would be to for the Redskins to trade him after tagging him. You can’t rule that out but if the Redskins want to hold on to Cousins in 2017 they will be able to do so.

Now, if Shanahan gets a head job and is willing to wait until 2018 to get Cousins to be his quarterback, that could be a different story. If the Redskins haven’t signed Cousins to a long-term deal by then the cost to franchise tag him would skyrocket to $33 million for the season.

That would raise the chances that the Redskins could lose him as a free agent and he could wind up reunited with Shanahan.

But we’re a long way from that. And with McVay and the Rams likely committed to Goff for at least the next few seasons, the chances Cousins will end up in LA are slim.


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Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Over the 2019 offseason, the Washington Redskins periodically released episodes to a new series called "Redskins 365". Here, viewers can get an all-access look into all the important moments leading up to the 2019-20 season. In episode 1 titled "The Future Starts Now" the Redskins begin their journey toward improvement following the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign.

The episode begins immediately following the disappointing end to Washington's season as players participated in locker cleanout day. A somewhat somber atmosphere, the likes of Shaun Dion Hamilton, Adrian Peterson, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams reflect on the season and look ahead to 2019.

Following that, it's on to the additions and changes on the coaching staff. Head coach Jay Gruden gives his thoughts on new defensive staff hirings Ray Horton and Rob Ryan as well as Kevin O'Connell's jump to offensive coordinator. Ryan and O'Connell also explain their excitement for next season in their respective roles.

With the coaching staff puzzle becoming clear, the episode transitions to the NFL Combine. Gruden along with Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, President Bruce Allen and Director of College Scouting Kyle Smith take you through the Combine process. Discussions about the interview process and what the Redskins are looking for in players give insight into how evaluations are done. 

The Combine portion has a heavy focus on players Kyler Murray, D.K. Metcalf and Montez Sweat among others. Released on March 20, one can see and hear from Sweat before the idea of him becoming a Redskin came to fruition and listen to Metcalf's thoughts on Jay Gruden.

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart also makes an appearance, discussing his viral moment with Ed Oliver at the combine and the fraternity-type bond conditioning coaches in the NFL share.

Washington's journey toward success in 2019 began the moment the clock ran out on the 2018 season. Episode 1 of "Redskins365" picks up right in that preliminary stage.


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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

Trent Williams will not report to training camp this week when the Redskins head to Richmond to officially begin their 2019 season, according to NFL Network.

The news comes as no surprise, as Williams missed all of the Redskins voluntary offseason workouts and skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Reports streamed out that Williams was upset about his contract and looking for a new deal -- not to mention reports that he was angry with the team's medical staff after a missed diagnosis with a growth on his scalp. 

Williams has made no official statements, and the Redskins organization offered very little in terms of a timeline for his return. Washington team president Bruce Allen said he knows "the truth" about Williams' situation, and head coach Jay Gruden said he hoped things would be resolved before Week 1 in Philadelphia. 

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams is arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. He's an immensely talented offensive lineman with two years remaining on his deal. Beyond the medical situation, Williams could be upset that in 2020, the final year of his deal, there is hardly any guaranteed cash. The team could release Williams with less than $2 million in salary cap penalty and save nearly $13 million against the cap. 

Without Williams, the Redskins could be in real trouble. Second-year pro Geron Christian did not seem capable of playing at a starting tackle level last fall, and that was before a knee injury landed him on IR. Morgan Moses should be locked in as the right tackle, but opposite him in Williams' spot will be dicey. 

Multiple sources with the Redskins and around the NFL suggested more cash could change Williams' mind before Week 1, and for now, it looks like the 31-year-old will be waiting for that increased payday. If Williams missed actual games, he would begin to lose money from this year's $14 million salary.