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Report: Redskins make offer to Cousins, likely will need to increase it

Report: Redskins make offer to Cousins, likely will need to increase it

The Redskins have made an offer in their effort to retain Kirk Cousins as their quarterback. The did so in their inital negotiating session since the Redskins gave Cousins the exclusive franchise tag earlier this week. 

On Wednesday, Mike McCartney, Cousins’ agent, met with Erick Schaffer, who takes care of many aspects of contract negotiations for the team. According to the Washington Post, the Redskins offer was worth around $20 million per year.

Negotiations must start somewhere but it seems unlikely that the Redskins’ offer will get it done. On Tuesday, McCartney said that by giving his client the exclusive franchise tag the Redskins declared his value to be the tag salary of just under $24 million, at least for 2017. It seems unlikely that Cousins would settle for much less than that.

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This is not a typical negotiation. Cousins has most of the leverage. If they can’t come to an agreement by July 15 and Cousins plays the season on the tag the prohibitive cost of using the tag on him for the third time likely would make him an unrestricted free agent. Quality starting quarterbacks almost never hit the open market and he could end up getting well over $24 million per year. The Redskins will have to put together a very attractive offer if they want to hold on to Cousins.

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The average annual value is just one aspect of the deal that McCartney and the Redskins will have to negotiate. How much money is fully guaranteed at signing, how much Cousins would make in the first two or three years of the deal, when the team could realistically let go of the player without incurring a crippling salary cap hit, and other details will come into play. But the total money is important and unless the Redskins increase their offer they don’t stand much of a chance of getting a deal done.

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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Ron Rivera reportedly hopes the Redskins can change their name before the 2020 season starts

Ron Rivera reportedly hopes the Redskins can change their name before the 2020 season starts

One day after his team announced they'd be launching a "thorough review" of its name, Ron Rivera told the Washington Post "it would be awesome" if the Redskins could complete the change before the 2020 season.

In fact, Rivera already has a few favorite ideas that he and Dan Snyder have tossed around in their recent, extensive discussions about the topic, though he wouldn't disclose them yet.

"We came up with a couple of names — two of them I really like," Rivera told Les Carpenter on Saturday.

In Washington's Friday statement, Rivera said, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”

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While talking with Carpenter, Rivera further explained that a new name must be respectful to both of those groups. 

"We want to do this in a positive way," Rivera said.

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It feels like more progress has been made toward a possible change in the past few days than the past handful of years.

Snyder, who once proclaimed his organization would "NEVER" make a switch, is clearly softening his stance now. That shift comes as outside pressure has really mounted from every direction since Thursday.

According to the Post, the owner and his new coach have really focused on going to a new name over the last month, with Rivera hoping to end the process soon.

"My eyes are wide open," Rivera said to Carpenter.

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