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Report: C John Sullivan signs with Rams, leaving Redskins looking for a backup

Report: C John Sullivan signs with Rams, leaving Redskins looking for a backup

As the early part of the offseason got underway, the Redskins had two possible options for a player to back up starting center Spencer Long. One was Kory Lichtensteiger but in early February the veteran decided to retire. The other was John Sullivan, the longtime Vikings center who joined the Redskins as their backup last season after Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve in Week 4.

Now Sullivan is off the board. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Sullivan will join former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay with the Rams. Sullivan visited the Rams last month and this reported move seemed to be a matter of when it would happen and not if. 

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The Rams needed someone who could start at center for them. They cut Tim Barnes, who started for them last year. They wanted to replace him with restricted free agent Ryan Groy but the Bills matched the Los Angeles offer sheet.

The Sullivan signing works out well for both parties. Sullivan goes to a spot where the starts out on the top of the depth chart instead of waiting for an opportunity. And McVay gets someone who is familiar with his offense working in the middle of the O-line.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are in search of a backup center. In a pinch, they could move Shawn Lauvao to center and insert Arie Kouandjio at guard. But after watching converted guard Josh LeRibeus spray shotgun snaps all over the place when he filled in for an injured Lichtensteiger in 2015, Jay Gruden prefers to have an actual center as the backup.

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Right now, the pickings are slim. The top free agent center on the market is former Jets All-Pro Nick Mangold. But even though he is getting up there in years at age 33 he is looking for a starting job and he may well be able to get one.

That will leave the Redskins looking to the draft or possibly the free agent market that usually develops after the draft as teams shed veterans they replaced with picks in the draft.

It is a situation that could linger into training camp, another time that teams move on from big salaries. The Vikings didn’t cut Sullivan until August 30 last year so there is plenty of time to identify and sign a prospect.  

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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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