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Redskins have unfinished business with RFA's Thompson, Compton

Redskins have unfinished business with RFA's Thompson, Compton

Earlier this week I looked at the Redskins’ unrestricted free agents.

The team has offered tenders to their two exclusive rights free agents, OT’s Ty Nsekhe and Vinston Painter.

They have two other players who are free agents and there is a deadline approaching.

Third-down back Chris Thompson and starting Mike linebacker Will Compton are restricted free agents. They will remain RFA’s as long as the team offers them tenders by 4 p.m. on Thursday. If they aren’t offered the tenders by that time they will become unrestricted free agents. The Redskins likely will not let that happen but the clock is ticking.

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The restricted free agent tender salaries were announced earlier this week. The low or original round tender will be $1.8 million. That is the level likely to be given to Thompson and Compton.

The two would be free to shop their services just like any other free agent. If they get an offer sheet the Redskins would have seven days to match it. If they choose not to match an offer for Thompson they would get a fifth-round pick in return since that is the round in which he was drafted. They would get nothing for Compton, who signed as an undrafted free agent.

In order to get anything in return for Compton they would have to put the second-round tender on him. That would set them back $2.7 million, probably too much for Compton. It should be noted that offer sheets to RFA's are rare and the players usually end up staying with the team that tendered them.

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The money from the tenders is not guaranteed. Assuming both are on the team and they play out their deals they would become unrestricted free agents in 2018.

The team’s other option would be to sign one or both of them to two- or three-year contracts. The players could get some money up front with a signing bonus and maybe make a little more money since the team essentially would be buying out the players’ first year or two of unrestricted free agency.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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