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Report: Redskins interviewed top quarterbacks at NFL Combine as possible prelude to Cousins trade

Report: Redskins interviewed top quarterbacks at NFL Combine as possible prelude to Cousins trade

Talk of the Redskins trading Kirk Cousins has faded in the past several days. However, it’s still very early on the NFL year calendar—teams have only been able to execute trades for the last six days and the draft is six weeks from Thursday—so there is plenty of time for a deal to get done.  

Some around the NFL believe that a deal between the Redskins and 49ers is not only possible but that a trade for Cousins is likely. As evidence that a trade could be in the works, they point to the amount of work the Redskins did involving highly rated quarterbacks during the NFL Combine.

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Eric Galko, who writes for the Sporting News and runs a draft outfit called Optimum Scouting, has been following the Cousins talk and he wrote this in a SN post about quarterback chatter around the NFL.

I had been told to hold off on breaking the news that Kirk Cousins to the 49ers was all but done, but it seems like it’s become well known in the industry. While it’s not completely a done deal, the Redskins interviewed a handful of quarterbacks multiple times at the Combine. I’d expect that, as long as one or two intrigued them enough, they’d be OK with trading Cousins. If they get the second overall pick, I’m confident it’ll be Mitch Trubisky. If they wait until round two, I’m confident (at this point) it’ll be Nathan Peterman.

I think most fans are familiar with Trubisky, the North Carolina product who looks the part but only had one season as a starter for the Tar Heels before declaring for the NFL draft. Peterman played in a pro-style offense at Pitt and he possesses many of the same traits that Cousins has—accuracy, poise, and anticipation. Neither is an immediate starter so Colt McCoy would be at the helm while the draft pick develops.

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Certainly, some of the attention to quarterbacks is simple due diligence. And even if a trade does not take place the Redskins could take a quarterback early in the draft to prepare for the possibility that Cousins will depart as a free agent in 2018. If they aren’t getting a good feeling in their negotiations with Cousins but they believe it’s best to keep him for this year, they could grab a quarterback to groom for 2018.

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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