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Redskins will take a pay cut to play in playoffs


Redskins will take a pay cut to play in playoffs

By the standards of most of the world, the Redskins players are getting a pretty good chunk of change for playing in Sunday’s playoff game. But looking at what most of the players make during the regular season, participating in the NFL playoffs must be more than about the money.

As division champs, each Redskins player will get $24,000 for playing this weekend (players on teams that qualify as wild cards get $22,000 each). That’s not a bad little payday and nobody is going to turn it down. But consider that the lowest-paid players on the team, free agent rookies like Quinton Dunbar and Houston Bates, are making $435,000 this year. They get paid in 17 weekly installments so Dunbar’s paycheck has a gross pay amount of $25,588. So he will actually play for a little less money than he gets in a normal week.

But he will not be taking as much of a “pay cut” as Pierre Garçon, who has the highest weekly salary on the team. His contract calls for $7.1 million or $417,647 per week. So his weekly check this week will be about 5.7 percent of his usual pay.

If it’s any consolation, the paydays get bigger if the Redskins advance a couple of more rounds. The divisional playoff also pays $24,000 per player and the conference title game participants get $44,000 each. Winning that game gives the players a minimum of an additional $49,000. That is the pay the players on the losing team gets. If they win, they get a paycheck for $97,000.

Adding it up, if the Redskins win the Super Bowl each player would get a total of $189,000 in playoff cash. That money a total of over $10 million just for the players on the 53-man roster (players on IR get some, too), is not charged to the team’s salary cap. It comes from a league fund. 

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.


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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.