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Redskins salary cap outlook: Wide receiver

Redskins salary cap outlook: Wide receiver

The Redskins have found their offensive and defensive coordinators and they are ready to get on with the business portion of the offseason. 

The big question between now and the middle of March is how they will divvy up their $62 million in cap space

Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of the Redskins’ options. 

So far we’ve looked at the offensive tackle position and the interior offensive line. Today the focus is on the interior offensive line. 

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The Redskins currently have XX interior O-linemen under contract.

— Josh Doctson, 2017 cap hit $2.3 million, under contract through 2019
— Jamison Crowder, $751,000, through 2018
— Ryan Grant, $743,400, through 2017
— Maurice Harris, $540,000, through 2017

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—Doctson will play two more years before the Redskins will have to decide whether they should exercise the fifth-year option on their 2016 first-round pick. That option is likely to be in the vicinity of $8 million dollars. Doctson doesn’t have to be a superstar for the Redskins to pick it up but he does have to stay on the field.

—Crowder will be in the third year of his rookie deal. He is not eligible for an extension until after this season. Assuming he’s anywhere near as productive this year as he has been the last two he should be a priority for the Redskins.

—Grant was a 2014 draft pick and he is eligible for an extension. However, I doubt that his agent’s phone is ringing. The coaches love his work ethic and his practice habits but they will see if he can be more productive than he has been before talking about keeping him around longer.

—Harris will be an exclusive-rights free agent after this season and a restricted free agent in 2019.

Positional spending

2016: $23.5 million, 2nd in NFL
2017: $7.0 million, 29th in NFL

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Adding and subtracting:
Outside of the Kirk Cousins contract saga, the talk of the town is what will happen with pending free agent receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson. Will they sign one, the other one, both, or neither?

It seems unlikely that they will let both of them get away. With $62 million in cap space they could afford to sign both but doing so would not be good cap management. Both Jackson and Garçon turned 30 last year and both should get three-year deals worth around $8 to $9 million per year. In a vacuum that might not be too bad, especially considering the cap will grow.

But then you must look at Crowder. If they want to extend him in a year it is likely that he will get a deal in the same range as the two veterans, maybe more considering that he will be just 25 years old. Three contracts that size at one position would create a cap squeeze. They certainly don’t want to risk losing Crowder in order to keep both aging receivers around.

The conventional wisdom is that the team will sign Garçon, who is a better fit in terms being Scot McCloughan’s idea of a “football player” than Jackson in terms of leadership and setting an example. While it would be hard to see someone with Jackson’s unique talent go elsewhere, especially if it’s in the division, Garçon seems to be the better fit with team right now.

Here are those scenarios again what I see as the order of likelihood: Garçon only, neither, Jackson only, both.

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Redskins running back Bryce Love is headed for another knee surgery, per sources

Redskins running back Bryce Love is headed for another knee surgery, per sources

Redskins rookie running back Bryce Love is expected to undergo another surgery on his previously injured right knee on Tuesday, sources tell NBC Sports Washington.

Love, currently in Pensacola, Fla., to see famed knee surgeon Dr. James Andrews, tore his right ACL last December while he was a senior at Stanford University. The Redskins selected Love in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft but he has yet to play this season. He landed on the Physically Unable to Perform list before training camp opened and many believed the 2019 season would be lost for the runner. 

Asked about Love’s status last week, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan was non-committal. 

“We’ll just see where he’s at,” Callahan said. “He’s still in the rehabilitation process.”

Love's injury-riddled 2018 season really damaged his standing in the 2019 NFL Draft. As a junior at Stanford in 2017, Love rushed for more than 2,100 yards and 19 touchdowns. He averaged an absurd 8.1 yards-per-carry that year. 

Many expected Love to turn pro after his junior year, but he elected to stay at Stanford. Playing on a worse team as a senior, Love was not as explosive even before the knee injury and his stats dropped. In 10 games, he had 739 rush yards but his YPC dipped to 4.5, the lowest of his four-year career and the only time his average fell even below 7. 

That decision and the subsequent torn ACL probably cost him significantly in draft status. 

Moving forward, it’s unclear what Love’s rehab schedule will look like. NFL Network reported back in April that some teams had concerns over Love's injury and lingering knee stiffness. One source explained that Love's medicals from the NFL Scouting Combine revealed that some doctors believed another surgery would be necessary. 

Even without Love, the Redskins have other injury concerns at running back. Derrius Guice is on injured reserve but on track to return to the team after their Week 10 bye. Adrian Peterson hurt his ankle in a loss to the 49ers and his status is unknown. Chris Thompson is dealing with turf toe. 

As a player on the PUP list, Love became eligible to return to practice after the Redskins' win in Miami. He does not have to play or practice all year, though, and can remain on the PUP for the entire season. The Redskins retain his rights for four years on his rookie contract. 

A Redskins spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.


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Landon Collins: 'You never know what kind of Kirk Cousins you're getting'

Landon Collins: 'You never know what kind of Kirk Cousins you're getting'

Kirk Cousins started 57 games during six seasons with the Redskins and, well, um, it's hard to come up with one word to describe his time in Washington. 

There were certainly highs, none higher than the hot streak Cousins went on late in 2015 to capture an NFC East title. The Redskins closed that season on a four-game win streak where Cousins threw 12 touchdowns against just one interception. 

There were also lows. In Week 17 of 2016, the Redskins needed a win in the season finale to get in the playoffs while the Giants had already clinched the NFC East title. The Redskins had everything to play for, the Giants ended up resting a number of their starters. Still, the Redskins lost, and Cousins threw a dagger interception late in the game to seal their fate. For the game, Cousins finished with 287 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, but the pick to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was the season killer. 

The point here is not to drag Cousins. He was the most durable and most stable quarterback the Redskins have had in decades. He never got hurt, and while he turned the ball over, he could deliver downfield strikes and run the team's offense at all times. 

The point here is to say Cousins is not always the most consistent QB, and that's backed up by Redskins safety Landon Collins.

"Like I was with the Giants, you never know what kind of Kirk Cousins you're getting. Right now they're getting Pro Bowl Kirk Cousins over there," Collins said on Monday.

Collins faced Cousins plenty of times when the safety played for the Giants, and New York found plenty of success against the quarterback. In nine career games against the Giants, all as QB of the Redskins, Cousins threw 12 interceptions. 

So when Collins talks about slowing Cousins down, it's not from a hypothetical place. 

"Pressure. Pressure. When I was with the Giants, I know we put a lot of pressure on him, put a lot of guys in his face, a lot of blitzes, lot of different systematic fronts and stuff like that, disguises," the Redskins safety said. 

Cousins will come into Thursday's game against the Redskins on fire. He's thrown 10 TDs against just one INT in the Vikings last three games, all wins. In Detroit on Sunday, Cousins went for more than 300 yards passing with four touchdowns and wasn't sacked once. 

"Right now he's playing like a Pro Bowl Kirk Cousins," Collins said. "We would say at the Giants, 'You don't know what kind of Kirk Cousins you're going to get.' Right now they're getting Pro Bowl Kirk Cousins, and he's playing at a high level right now."

At 1-6 the Redskins defense doesn't scare anybody. The team has had some success upfront, however, causing pressures and getting to passers. Washington has 16 sacks on the season and the front five has gotten things going after a very slow start.  

Cousins isn't unique. Pressure causes turnovers for defenses. Players on both side of the football know that, and that's what Collins want to see in Minnesota against Cousins.

"That's the biggest game plan: try to force him into mistakes. Right now he's playing at a high level, so it's going to be hard. He's playing against a lot of good teams and he's been going against a good defense. That's probably made his skill level and his play much better."