The Redskins are “likely” to pick up the fifth year option on Robert Griffin III’s contract, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
The deadline to exercise the clause is May 3.
Breer, reporting live from Redskins Park on Monday morning, said the Redskins view the $16.1 million option for 2016 as way to protect the team’s interests.
“They view this as a version of the franchise tag—only a little bit cheaper,” Breer said on NFL AM, adding that exercising the option would cost the Redskins about $3 million less than the 2016 franchise tag for quarterbacks.
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“It’s going to cost $16.1 million in 2016, but they can cut ties with him before the beginning of the ’16 league year if he doesn’t perform,” Breer added. “This gives them control over the player but they are not married to him, unless of course he does suffer some sort of serious injury. So that’s the risk.”
Monday’s news comes days after an article in The Washington Post reported that the Redskins were leaning toward exercising the option but would wait until after this week’s draft before doing so—just in case Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota unexpectedly falls to No. 5.
Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan is scheduled to hold a pre-draft press conference at noon on Monday. He’ll surely be asked to provide more details on the situation
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.
But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones.
Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."
Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.
"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."
"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."
"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."
"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."
The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks.
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Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.
On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:
You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization.
It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.
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