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Report: Redskins brass wants to start long-term talks with Kirk Cousins

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Report: Redskins brass wants to start long-term talks with Kirk Cousins

Reports emerged that the Redskins are looking to sign QB Kirk Cousins to a long-term contract, and they want to get it done soon. 

The news should come as no surprise, as Cousins has started every game this season and given the 'Skins solid QB play. With Cousins at the helm, Washington is tied for first place in the NFC East with three games to play, and the fourth-year pro is set to have his contract expire after this season.

For the year, Cousins has thrown for more than 3,300 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. How much money a long-term deal requires remains the most interesting part of the developing story, not that the Redskins want to begin negotiations.

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When is Super Bowl 2019? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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When is Super Bowl 2019? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

For the third straight year, the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl. After beating the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31, in overtime in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have the Patriots in position to win their second Super Bowl in three years and third in five years.

And for Washington Redskins fans, there will be a familiar face on the opposing sideline trying to stop the Patriots from adding another title to their already extensive resume. In just his second season with the Los Angeles Rams, Sean McVay has his team playing in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. The Rams beat the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, also in overtime Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Led by the 32-year-old former Redskins offensive coordinator, the Rams are in their first Super Bowl since 2001, when the franchise was still in St. Louis. The Rams have not won an NFL title in Los Angeles since 1951, 16 years prior to the Super Bowl era.

The 2019 Super Bowl is also a rematch of the title game from the 2001-2002 season, when the Patriots beat the then-St. Louis Rams, 20-17.

The AFC champion Patriots and the NFC champion Rams will face off in Super Bowl LIII on February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

Now less than two weeks before the matchup, here's everything you need to know to prepare for the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LIII Key Information

When is Super Bowl LIII (53)?

Super Bowl Sunday in 2019 is February 9.

Who is playing in Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams are playing in the 2019 Super Bowl.

Where is Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The 2019 Super Bowl is at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

How can I watch Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The 2019 Super Bowl will be televised by CBS.

How can I stream the Super Bowl?

You can stream Super Bowl 53 via CBS All Access, CBSSports.com and on the CBS Sports app. 

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl LIII (53)?

Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will do the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, while Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn are the sideline reporters. James Brown will host the pregame show, and Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms will do the postgame show.

Nantz will also do the trophy presentation after the game.

Who is performing the Super Bowl LIII (53) halftime show?

Maroon 5 is the headliner for the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII halftime show and will be joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Who is singing the 2019 Super Bowl national anthem?

Atlanta-native R&B legend Gladys Knight is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII.

What are the betting odds for Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The New England Patriots opened as 1.5-point favorites in the 2019 Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams. The over-under for the 2019 Super Bowl is 58.

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Josh Norman's status for the Redskins in 2019 comes down to dollars and sense

Josh Norman's status for the Redskins in 2019 comes down to dollars and sense

Josh Norman’s former defensive coordinator will not join his former pupil in Washington. What’s left to wonder is whether the cornerback stays with the Redskins for the 2019 season.

On the surface, that premise seems flawed. Why ponder releasing the team's best cornerback especially with several uncertain slots elsewhere on defense including safety? 

Follow the money. 

Norman, 31, is now three years into the five-year, $75 million contract he signed in 2016. His salary ate up huge chunks of the team’s salary cap in each of those three years. 

Norman accounts for a mere $9 million in dead cap space over the final two seasons. That includes six million in 2019, but the number reaches $14.5 million if he remains on the roster. 

For a team with $16.6 million in total salary cap space –24th in the league according to Spotrac – finding ways to free up more room becomes a primary topic this offseason.

What remains at corner should Norman exit explains why he may and likely should stay. 

Quinton Dunbar proved viable in his first season in the starting lineup, though the former wide receiver missed nine games with leg injuries and finished the year on injured reserve. 

Beyond Norman and Dunbar, Washington’s corner depth chart includes four players who enter 2019 with a combined five years of NFL experience. 

Fabian Moreau, a 2017 third-round pick, received valuable playing time in the slot. Moving him outside creates a need inside.

Greg Stroman, one of two seventh-round selections last season, played more than anticipated during his rookie season because of Dunbar’s injuries. 

Same with another rookie, undrafted free agent Danny Johnson. Both showed positive traits, but likely not enough for the coaching staff to believe they could enter the starting lineup Week 1. 

Adonis Alexander, added in last year’s supplemental draft, mostly had a redshirt rookie season. 

Maybe there’s a scenario where the Redskins believe in this unit’s upside and think they could cobble together a viable group with a basic free agent addition joining the mix. That seems like a dicey proposition at the moment.

The real concerns in the secondary exist at safety. Washington may need two new starters. The team released another talkative defensive back, D.J. Swearinger before Week 17. The other starter, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, is a free agent. 

Second-year safety Montae Nicholson went to the bench after the Redskins acquired Clinton-Dix from the Packers during the season. Nicholson’s year ended on the reserve/non-football injury list following his December arrest for assault and battery, and being drunk in public. 

Swearinger’s release added to a lengthy list of projected team needs, including inside linebacker, guard, wide receiver, edge pass rusher and likely quarterback depending on Alex Smith’s recovery. 

Cutting Norman puts cornerback on the list.

Though he has not received Pro Bowl honors since signing with Washington or performed at the high level achieved during his final season with Carolina, Norman delivered a solid 2018 campaign. He believes there’s more he can do on the field particularly rushing the quarterback in select moments. Perhaps a rumored defensive coordinator change unlocks more. 

Whether that coaching switch occurs or not, swapping Norman for salary cap space is among the considerations this off-season. On the surface, such a move causes more uncertainty for a defense already appearing needy in some key spots. 

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