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Redskins team president says 'Kirk is our quarterback' but for how long?

Redskins team president says 'Kirk is our quarterback' but for how long?

The Redskins organization appears to be on message when it comes to the status of Kirk Cousins for the 2017 season.

When asked about it at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, Jay Gruden said, “I totally anticipate him coming back to the Washington Redskins.”

That is all well and good but it’s not totally up to Gruden. He will have a voice in the decision and general manager Scot McCloughan will have even more say. But with a big dollar deal like this, owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen will get involved. We haven’t heard from Snyder in quite some time but Allen was on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. His message was in line with Gruden’s.

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“Kirk is our quarterback," said Allen. "I know there's other speculation, but it doesn't come from the Redskins."

When asked to put a number on the likelihood of Cousins returning to the team in 2017 on a scale of 1-10, Allen said it is a 10.

However, 2017 is not the big question. Requiring him to play in Washington in 2017 is totally in the team’s control. They can put the franchise tag on him, a move that will cost them just shy of $24 million in salary.

The big question is not 2017. It’s 2018 and beyond. Will the Redskins sign him to a long-term deal? If they don’t think that the can do so are they going to risk letting him leave after the 2017 season without any compensation?

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Unless and until Cousins signs a long-term contract, all of the talk is great. But saying he will be back in 2017 is not anything that we don’t know, barring a trade.

Saying that Cousins will be back in 2017 is not fake news. It hardly qualifies as news at all. But the banner headlines will come if Cousins signs a deal that goes beyond the next 16 regular season games.

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Former Redskin D.J. Swearinger pays tribute to Sean Taylor with new tattoo

Former Redskin D.J. Swearinger pays tribute to Sean Taylor with new tattoo

D.J. Swearinger may have had short, yet quite eventful, two-year tenure in Washington, but he may have just endeared himself in the hearts of Redskins fans forever. 

The former Washington free safety recently inked a new tattoo paying tribute to one of the best free safeties and Redskins legend in Sean Taylor. Swearinger was signed in the offseason heading into the 2017 season before starting all 31 games he played in the Burgundy and Gold. 

He made eight interceptions, 132 tackles, and one Pro Bowl appearance as a part of Greg Manusky's secondary. Now, he cemented a roster spot on the New Orleans Saints -- the third time he's switched teams in two years following his release from the Redskins. 

Taylor was killed in a 2007 armed burglary and remains a fan favorite of Redskins fans everywhere. 

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Joe Burrow has small hands AND a big sense of humor

Joe Burrow has small hands AND a big sense of humor

Seeing that Joe Burrow is a potential No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, it makes sense that all eyes are on him. However, the attention right now is centered around only one part of him: his hands.

According to ESPN, the LSU quarterback’s hand measurements came in at nine inches, making Burrow’s hands the smallest of any first-round quarterback the NFL combine has seen since 2008.

While followers of the NFL draft and sports fans alike grappled with this statistic, Burrow took to Twitter to joke about the reaction to this information being released.

Burrow’s dash of humor was received well by Twitter users, with many people replying with praise of him and his response to this potentially touchy situation.

Burrow may have small hands, but he certainly compensates with his big sense of humor.

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