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What does the Gruden extension mean for Kirk Cousins’ future with the Redskins?

What does the Gruden extension mean for Kirk Cousins’ future with the Redskins?

The Redskins have agreed to an extension for Jay Gruden, a deal that keeps him under contract through the 2020 season. That leaves the Redskins with one important deal done and another, perhaps more important contract yet to be done.

The still-unsettled situation is Kirk Cousins’ long-term deal. He’s under team control for 2017 under the franchise tag. Beyond that, his future in Washington is very much up in the air. But might extending Gruden help persuade Cousins to stay in Washington?

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Perhaps it will. While Cousins generally has been non-committal when asked if he would like to stay in Washington in the long term, he gave a hint as to how much he values continuity when asked about a situational football in December.

The longer we play together as a unit – and when I’m talking about we, I mean from Jay to Sean [McVay] to myself to Chris Thompson to Trent Williams to Pierre [Garçon] – the longer we play together, the more you can become situational masters and be very good in situational football like that situation at the end of the game, where we all know, ‘We’ve been here before, hey, let’s handle this the best way possible and be a mature football team.’

McVay, the offensive coordinator for the previous three seasons, is now gone, having moved up to become the head coach of the Rams. McVay was replace by former quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh, who has been Cousins’ position coach ever since he took the starting job. That’s a very smooth transition.  

Wide receiver Garçon is a free agent and he may or may not return. But left tackle Williams is under contract through the 2020 season and Thompson, a restricted free agent, is likely to return. Although DeSean Jackson appears to be likely to depart, Jamison Crowder is under contract for two more years. Tight end Jordan Reed, another key weapon, is signed through 2021. While you can’t have perfect continuity in the NFL, with Gruden now under contract for four more years the Redskins are doing a pretty good job of maintaining at least some semblance of stability.

Cousins has now been with the organization for five years with three years under Gruden including two seasons as the starter. He will turn 29 during training camp. The possibility of playing into his 30’s with the same head coach in the same offense likely has some appeal to Cousins.

That being said, the Gruden extension does not ensure that Cousins will stay. The money has to be right and at last report there was a good deal of ground between the two sides in the negotiation.

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And Cousins’ camp knows that a Gruden extension doesn’t mean that the coach will be around through 2020. Paying off a couple of years of a coach’s salary isn’t much of an impediment if Dan Snyder wants to make a change in the future. The same applies to almost any NFL owner. We saw the ultimate in that last year when the Rams’ Jeff Fisher was given a contract extension that started in 2017 in the summer and then he was fired before he worked a day under it.

Then there is the lack of stability in the front office. The future of GM Scot McCloughan is very cloudy after he missed the combine for personal reasons. Where that leaves the authority in the draft, free agency, and other key roster decisions is not at all certain. It’s not exactly the atmosphere for Cousins if he craves long-term stability.

But there are no perfect situations in the NFL. Usually, when a team needs a quarterback there are plenty of other issues in the organization. The Gruden extension could be a factor that persuades Cousins to stay but it’s far from being a deal clincher.

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Redskins sign Matt Ioannidis to three-year extension, per report

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Redskins sign Matt Ioannidis to three-year extension, per report

Matt Ioannidis is staying in Washington.

The Redskins are signing the defensive end to a three-year contract extension, according to sources of NFL Network's Mike Garafolo

The extension comes with a base value of $21.75 million with another $3 million in incentives.

Drafted in the fifth round by the Redskins in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Temple, Ioannidis started nine games for the Burgundy and Gold in 2018, posting a career-high 7.5 sacks, 31 combined tackles, 23 solo tackles, eight assist and six tackles for a loss. 

"It doesn't surprise me," head coach Jay Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast back in November. "I know it surprises a lot of people, but he's a good player."

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NFL Schedule Release: The 8 best videos from around the NFL

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NFL Schedule Release: The 8 best videos from around the NFL

The 2019 NFL regular season schedule release is one of the most anticipated days of the year in what seems like a never ending offseason for fans.

With those releases came some insanely creative promotional videos from NFL teams. Here are some of the best ones from around the league.

1. Carolina Panthers: Old school video games

We're feeling very nostalgic and ready to dust off our Nintendo 64 after watching this. The Panthers highlighted their 16 matchups with different old school video games like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, The Oregon Trail and James Bond 007.

2. Baltimore Ravens: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

The Ravens' monster truck rally parody is too good not to include.

3. Los Angeles Chargers: Stock footage

The Chargers' social media accounts are known for their humor, and they didn't hold back when it came to their schedule release video using strictly stock footage. 

4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Remember when you would stay home from school sick and watch the Price is Right and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood all day long? Those were the days. The Steelers' video has us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. 

5. Buffalo Bills: Dating app

If you're single in the 21st century, chances are you've tried out a dating app once (or maybe twice) in your life. The Bills have matches with 16 special teams. 

6. New York Giants: Tracy Morgan

Anything with Tracy Morgan in it makes it that much better. 

7. Cleveland Browns: Dial up

There was nothing quite like getting home from a long day at school, turning on your computer, waiting for your dial up to take effect and hearing "You've got mail" from the sweet AOL lady. That's how Browns GM John Dorsey learned of his team's 2019 schedule. 

8. Washington Redskins: Game of Thrones

In case you've been living in a very, very deep hole the last week, the first episode of Game of Thrones' final season aired Sunday sending the universe into a frenzy. Here's the Redskins' 2019 schedule with a nod to GoT's intro. 

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