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Silence is golden as Redskins and Cousins try to negotiate a deal

Silence is golden as Redskins and Cousins try to negotiate a deal

The widow is open but nobody is going to go through it just yet.

Today is the day that NFL teams can apply the franchise tag to their players. The tag essentially handcuffs a player to a team, either precluding the player from negotiating with other teams or allowing him to negotiate an offer sheet but requiring two first-round draft picks as compensation.

To be sure, the handcuffs are golden. The salaries associated with the franchise tag range from about $5 million for kickers to $21 million for quarterbacks with most positions falling in the $10-$15 million range. The salary is fully guaranteed when the player signs the tender.

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Tag talk is relevant in Washington, of course, because of Kirk Cousins. If the Redskins tag him he will get 120% of his 2016 tag salary of $19.9 million. However, don’t look for that to happen today.

In fact, even though there are at least half a dozen players around the league who are likely to be tagged, don’t look for any of them to get the designation today. There really is no reason for the NFL to have a two-week window to apply the tag. In almost every case the team wants to at least have the opportunity to try to work out a long-term deal with the player before applying the tag. Why do it two weeks early when they can wait until March 1, when the window ends?

Why the NFL does it this way is anybody’s guess. Perhaps they like that the nominal opening of the tag window generates a 24-hour round of media buzz when the sports world is relatively quiet. But they could open the window one morning and close it at 4 p.m. the next day and the timing of teams declaring tags would change very little.

The thing to watch over the next two weeks is what, if anything, we hear about the negotiations between Cousins’ agent and the Redskins. As they saying goes, silence is golden. If the state of the talks stays out of the media, that will be a good thing. If we start hearing reports of talks becoming contentious or one side or the other leaking contract numbers, get ready for a train wreck.

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Getting a deal done before they have to use the franchise tag would be beneficial for the Redskins in many ways. Once the tag is applied there is little incentive for Cousins, who has made it clear that he is happy to play on the tag and collect the big salary again, to work to get a new contract. The organization would have to go through free agency and the draft with a cloud of uncertainty over the most important position on the field.

Technically, they have until July 15 to get a deal done. But if they can’t make it happen by March 1 there is no reason to think that anything would happen in the ensuing four and a half months.

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With Kyler Murray drafted in Arizona, Redskins ready to pursue Josh Rosen, per source

With Kyler Murray drafted in Arizona, Redskins ready to pursue Josh Rosen, per source

The Redskins will be in the hunt to trade for Rosen, according to league sources. 

During the NFL Scouting Combine the Redskins were connected with Rosen heavily, but over the last two months, some of that momentum seemed to cool. 

Other teams will surely be looking to trade for Rosen, and that could include the New York Giants.

Update: The Giants used the No. 6 overall pick to select Duke QB Daniel Jones, taking them out of the running for Rosen.

Other teams reportedly interested would be the Dolphins, Chargers and the Patriots. 

As the first round unfolds, a lot of clues will be given about which teams will be looking to add the former UCLA star. As other quarterbacks get drafted tonight - including players like Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones - that likely will eliminate those teams from contention for Rosen. 

ESPN reported that Arizona is content going into the season with Murray and Rosen on their roster, but that seems like a bluff, according to folks around the league. 

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NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The 2019 NFL Draft is finally upon us. You can trash the mock drafts and take a break from the Twitter rumors as we'll soon know what each team is really planning.

Tonight, Thursday, April 25, NFL teams will look to find their next franchise player in the form of the most talented college prospects in the country.

Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, this year's draft promises to be as exciting as ever with numerous storylines dominating the event. Will Kyler Murray go No. 1? Where will the other QBs fall, and will a team move up to grab one? What defensive players go first? All these questions and more will be answered soon enough.

The Arizona Cardinals will kick off the festivities at 8:00 p.m. ET as they possess the first overall pick in the draft.

As for the Redskins, they'll be picking at No. 15, though there has been no shortage of rumors that a move could be made to climb up the order.

Once the commissioner takes the stage, all predictions go out the window. Luckily, we'll have you covered with all the picks, trades and moves here in the live blog and draft tracker.

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins First-Round Tracker and Live Updates:

DRAFT PICK: No. 7 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LB Josh Allen, Kentucky): Sacksonville just gained its newest member and became even scarier in the process. Josh Allen may not fill a glaring hole for the Jaguars, but he fell in their lap and No. 7 and it became a situation where you take the best player available. Joining Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, opposing quarterbacks better beware. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 6 - New York Giants (QB Daniel Jones, Duke): Here's our first "wow" moment of the draft. It wasn't even a given that the Giants were going to go with a quarterback at No.6, but it looks like they are going all in on Duke product Daniel Jones. The passer shot up draft boards as Thursday approached, and now he finds himself as the newest QB in the NFC East. At 6'5'', Jones could be viewed as more athletic Eli Manning. He also had the same coach that the Manning's had in David Cutcliffe. We know New York loves Eli, so maybe this pick makes perfect sense.

DRAFT PICK: No. 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ILB Devin White, LSU): Losing Kwon Alexander in the offseason, the Bucs may have just found his replacement in Devin White. A talented linebacker, White is in line to become the centerpiece of a Tampa Bay defense that features Gerald McCoy and JPP up front and Todd Bowles at the helm.

DRAFT PICK: No. 4 - Oakland Raiders (DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson): Well with Jon Gruden at the helm, you can't really consider anything a surprise. However, Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 is something not many saw coming. The defensive end from Clemson is incredibly talented, but the Raiders passing on the likes of Josh Allen and Ed Oliver makes you think twice. Oakland still has two more picks tonight. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 3 - New York Jets (DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama): After making some big offseason additions, the Jets use their draft pick to upgrade the defense by selecting Quinnen Williams. With eight sacks and 71 tackles in 2018, Williams was a standout on a loaded Crimson Tide roster. New York added free agent C.J. Mosley to lead their linebacking core, and now Williams makes the line of that defense a lot scarier.

DRAFT PICK: No. 2 - San Francisco 49ers (DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State): The first defensive player in a loaded class is Nick Bosa, as the 49ers use yet another first round pick on a defensive line addition. Bosa only played in three games this season before an injury led to him sitting out the rest of the year, but the former Buckeye will still provide an immediate positive impact up front for San Francisco. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 1 - Arizona Cardinals (QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma): Not a huge surprise, the Cardinals have selected Kyler Murray No. 1 overall. Murray is the second consecutive Oklahoma passer to go first in the draft, following in the steps of Baker Mayfield.

With a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, it looks as if Arizona is ready to start the new regime with a new man at the helm of the offense. There will be concerns about his height, but there's no denying his passing skills and athleticism. Now the main question becomes: What happens to Josh Rosen?

8:13 p.m. The Arizona Cardinals are officially on the clock. Here. We. Go. 

7:02 p.m. Could the Redskins be looking to move up in the draft and grab Duke QB Daniel Jones? According to JP Finlay, that seems unlikely. While rumors earlier in the week suggested Washington could potentially climb from No.15, that doesn't look to be the case anymore.

6:30 p.m. Less than two hours until the clock starts ticking, there's plenty of information to get caught up on. Here's what you need to know: