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Report: Dan Snyder wanted RG3 to stay with Redskins for all of 2015

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Report: Dan Snyder wanted RG3 to stay with Redskins for all of 2015

For most fans the news comes as no surprise, but with Robert Griffin III all but finished with the Redskins, the reason why RG3 stayed on the Washington roster all year seems apparent, at least according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Griffin was inactive for all but one game, and with the worry of a $16 million balloon payment hanging over RG3 should he be injured, it made sense why Redskins brass Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan kept the fourth-year Heisman Trophy winner off the field. As Kirk Cousins excelled during the second half of the season, it became obvious the RG3 era in D.C. was over, despite some fans continued support.

Depending what rumors you believe out of Ashburn, there was talk that McCloughan and Gruden wanted RG3 off the roster earlier in the year. Dropping Griffin could have served two purposes;

  1. Another roster spot for a team with persistent and debilitating injuries. McCloughan routinely picked up players off the street (Mason Foster, Will Blackmon, most recently Cary Williams) and another position player on the 53, who actually had a chance to play, may have been a big help for the 'Skins.
  2. Releasing Griffin would have given the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year a realistic shot at hitting the field this season. Look around at some of the QBs who suited up in the NFL in November or December - guys like Kellen Moore, Blaine Gabbert, Case Keenum - and it's hard to see a scenario where RG3 doesn't see playing time somewhere.

What once seemed impossible in the halcyon days of 2012 now seems inevitable: Griffin will walk away from the Redskins with little fanfare. How that sits with team owner Dan Snyder remains to be seen. It became clear that Snyder and Griffin formed a special relationship, and it's hard to overstate how some fans feel about RG3. Regardless, expect Griffin to compete for a starting quarterback job next season, just not with the Redskins.

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Brandon Scherff confirms that he and the Redskins have 'been talking' about a contract extension

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Brandon Scherff confirms that he and the Redskins have 'been talking' about a contract extension

Bruce Allen identified getting a contract extension done for Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff as one of the Redskins biggest priorities of the 2019 offseason. To this point, however, nothing has happened. 

That doesn't seem to have Scherff concerned. 

"We've been talking, but I'm not really worried about that," he said after OTAs on Monday. "I'm here for another year, so that's all I'm worried about right now. Everything will take care of itself."

Scherff, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has played at an elite level since his rookie season. He's made two Pro Bowl teams in four years, and until last year, had been remarkably durable. 

In 2018, Scherff's season started very strong. 'Skins coach Jay Gruden described the former Iowa Hawkeye as the best pulling guard in the NFL and it was well-earned praise. Then, in a Week 8 loss, Scherff went down with a torn pectoral muscle. His season was over. 

At OTAs, however, Scherff was a full participant with no brace or apparent encumbrances from the injury. 

"I'm feeling really good, just taking it slow and making sure I'm 100 percent," he said. 

Expect the free agent market to be quite bullish. Once a lesser-paid position than tackle, guards have recently started pulling in significant cash. Zach Martin's recent contract extension in Dallas pays him more than $14 million per season, and Jacksonville is paying Andrew Norwell more than $13 million this year. 

For Scherff, expect top of the market money. He has the talent, pedigree and ability that if Washington won't pay in the neighborhood of Martin and Norwell, he can wait for free agency. 

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Reuben Foster's season-ending injury hurts the Redskins from a contract perspective, too

Reuben Foster's season-ending injury hurts the Redskins from a contract perspective, too

There are a lot of questions stemming from Reuben Foster's injury at Redskins OTAs, which looks to be a season-ending one.

Where does Foster, whose career has really yet to take off due to other injuries as well as numerous off-field troubles, go from here? What are Washington's options at inside linebacker now, since they were counting on him to produce?

And then there's this: How does Foster missing this year affect his contract with the 'Skins?

The answer, according to salary cap expert J.I. Halsell, is not much.

"When a contract tolls, that means basically the pause button is pushed and whatever you were supposed to make in 2019 carries over to 2020. That's not the case for Reuben Foster," Halsell said Tuesday while on the Redskins Talk podcast.

"Reuben Foster will earn his $1.29 million salary regardless of if he plays this season or not. While he'll probably spend his entire season on injured reserve, he'll make his $1.29 million in 2019."

Essentially, everything proceeds as normal. And that in and of itself is a decent setback for the organization.

One of the reasons the Redskins dealt with the controversy and backlash when they claimed Foster last November was because they were adding a first-round talent on his rookie contract. The team was hoping they could secure two years of elite play out of him at a bargain price, and then potentially exercise the fifth-year option on him to keep him in D.C. through 2021.

Now, however, they're losing one of those precious seasons and will have to make that decision on his fifth-year option next offseason without any tape or experience to really base that decision on. That's an important choice, and one that will carry significant financial implications as well.

"The fifth-year option for the 2021 season will be pretty expensive," Halsell said. "The long and short of it is it's going to be a lucrative dollar amount and given his injury history, his current injury, you would think that when they have to make that decision by the 2020 Draft, they will decline that option."

Haslell's right. The likelihood of the Burgundy and Gold committing big money to a guy with literally one rep in their uniform — and it's not like he was proven for the 49ers, as a linebacker or as a person, either — feels unbelievably slim. 

Yet — and now we're looking pretty far down the line — if he is able to return from this injury and contribute in 2020, the franchise could still look to keep him beyond that. There's a ton of time between now and then, but it's certainly possible.

"Theoretically, even though you don't have the fifth-year option for 2021, you can work on a contract extension for Reuben Foster assuming he comes back to full health," Haslell explained.

Still, not only does the injury hurt the player as well as the unit the player was going to start on, but it limits the team's potential payoff from claiming the player. The situation, from every angle, is an unfortunate one. 

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