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Report: Cousins went to the top to ask for a trade from the Redskins

Report: Cousins went to the top to ask for a trade from the Redskins

If there was any doubt that Kirk Cousins no longer wants to play for the Redskins, this might remove it.

Cousins is tied to the Redskins for this year with his $24 million franchise tag salary. Although he has indicated in the past that he would be willing to play out the year on the tag, it appears that something has happened to change his mind.

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The fact that he went to the owner to try to get dealt might point to a reason that he might be frustrated. Normally a player would take up such a request with the general manager but with Scot McCloughan currently in limbo that probably would not have done much good.

A couple of minutes later, this came in from Mortenson’s ESPN colleague:

This could be a negotiating stance by the Redskins, making the 49ers think they won’t even listen unless it’s an offer that’s too good to turn down. At the same time, they are going to have to come up considerably from their last reported offer to Cousins, which was in the vicinity of $20 million per year. Most in the league believe that it will take an offer in the neighborhood of $24 million per year to get a deal done.

That is, if Cousins will sign a deal with the Redskins at all, for any amount.

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Case Keenum does not envision a return to the Redskins in 2020

Case Keenum does not envision a return to the Redskins in 2020

Statistically, veteran quarterback Case Keenum was the most productive signal-caller for the Redskins a season ago.

But after Keenum was forced to miss the Redskins Week 9 contest against the Bills due to injury, rookie Dwayne Haskins was inserted into the starting lineup. While the first-round pick had his ups and downs as a rookie, Haskins finished the 2019 season on a high note, flashing his potential as to why the Redskins selected him No. 15 overall the previous April.

Keenum, who described himself as a realist, still believes he's capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL. Understanding a scenario of that happening with the Redskins is unlikely next season, Keenum is not too optimistic about a return to Washington.

"I have no idea. I would say probably not," Keenum said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando about returning to Washington. "I can't tell the future though."

Keenum understands the direction the young Redskins roster is headed. Washington is hoping to build off a promising young core that includes Haskins, as well as young offensive weapons Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Derrius Guice.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old quarterback was impressed with the progress that Haskins made towards the end of the 2019 season.

"I think Dwayne did an incredible job towards the end of the season, adapting and getting a lot better," Keenum said. "I think it's his team moving forward."

However, Keenum believes he can still play football and play the quarterback position at a high level.

So if he has the opportunity to be a starter, or at least compete for the starting job, somewhere else, the veteran will certainly take that chance.

"I feel like I played really good football. I know the wins and losses didn't show it." Keenum said on his performance last season. "I'd love another shot to play in this league. So if there's another chance, another opportunity out there, I'm not sure where that might be, I don't take these things lightly. I'm going to go compete and make myself better this offseason and hopefully and be ready for whatever team might come calling."

During Ron Rivera's introductory press conference on Jan. 2, the new Redskins head coach was said he believed Haskins could be a "franchise-style quarterback." But he was also not overly committed to handing the starting job to Haskins right away. In fact, Rivera mentioned that some veterans would get the chance to compete for the job, with Keenum potentially being one of them. 

"I also think there's a couple of good veteran quarterbacks that are obviously going to get some opportunities to play as well," Rivera said. "We won't know until we get ready to open up in September. Until then, everything's just a process. We can't get ahead of it."

While Keenum would appreciate the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback position in Washington, he didn't have his hopes too high when asked about that possibly being an option.

"If that's a possibility, and that's how it's going to be, I'm all for competition. I love it," Keenum said. "But I understand. I'm also a realist. I know what's going on. It's a tough situation, but I'm excited wherever I get an opportunity to compete."

Keenum referred to his year in Minnesota as an example of how nothing is ever guaranteed in the NFL. Things change fast.

"I came in as a third-, second-string at best [in Minnesota] and ended up starting 14, 15, 16, 17 games and going to the NFC Championship," he said. "Nobody could have predicted that when Sam Bradford went down Week 1."

During his eight-year NFL career, Keenum has spent time with seven different organizations. Change is nothing new for the veteran.

"It's funny, this league, there's so much talent, so many great coaches that get let go every year," Keenum said. "It's about having the right combination, the right people in the right place at the right time. I hope Ron does a great job bringing it all together [in Washington]."

In Rivera's introductory press conference, he was asked why his regime in Washington will be different than the unsuccessful ones before him. The head coach responded with: "I believe in me, and I'll bet on me."

Whether Keenum is with the Redskins or not in 2020, it sounds like the quarterback has already adopted that mindset from Rivera.

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A scouting report on Chase Young, who's 'everything you want' in a defensive end

A scouting report on Chase Young, who's 'everything you want' in a defensive end

If you're a Redskins fan, there's a decent chance you'll hear the name Chase Young more over the next four months than you'll hear the names of your spouse, kids, family members and friends.

Young is the best defensive prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft and is one of the best defensive end prospects to come from the college ranks in years. But why exactly is he so hyped up?

Well, to answer that question, the Redskins Talk podcast brought on Ohio State beat writer Bill Rabinowitz for a scouting report on the 20-year-old (yes, he's just 20). Rabinowitz, like most others, has a hard time finding a flaw in Young's game.

"You're getting pretty much a finished product," he said. "He's not a project, he's the real deal." 

"He's everything you want in a defensive end," Rabinowitz continued. "He's quick, he's fast, he's strong, he's a very good technician. He cares. It's about as no-brainer of a pick as you're going to find, honestly."

It's hard to argue with Rabinowitz's assessment when you look at Young's numbers from the 2019 season. In 11 games — he had to sit out two for a suspension that Rabinowitz said shouldn't be a concern for any pro evaluators — Young racked up 16.5 sacks and forced six fumbles. 

That's more than high impact production. That's the highest impact production.

Now, some detractors (the few out there that exist) will point at Young's two tackle, no sack effort against Clemson in the College Football Playoff. Rabinowitz acknowledges that wasn't the best way for the Buckeye to end his Columbus career, but he also wants people to know it's not like the guy completely disappeared in that matchup.

"[Clemson was] very conscious of him," Rabinowitz said. "Yeah, you'd still like for him to blow them up, have one of those kind of games where it doesn't matter if there are five guys blocking, but that's generally unrealistic."

Those who still aren't satisfied by that explanation can look at what Young did against then No. 13 Wisconsin and then No. 8 Penn State in the latter half of the Big Ten calendar. How does seven combined sacks and three combined forced fumbles sound? Clearly, he can handle major moments.

Of course, plenty of time separates today and the moment the Redskins will make their selection in the draft, which means there'll be plenty of arguments that emerge that argue for Washington to nab somebody else. Some of those may be legit, while others will appear just because people will need something to battle over, but they will emerge nonetheless. 

Rabinowitz, though, doesn't have any interest in hearing them. If he were in charge of the Redskins, Young would be the choice. Easily.

"I don't wait 10 seconds to turn in the card," he said. "I just say, 'Thank you very much,' and move on."

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