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What a Redskins-Cousins long-term contract might look like

What a Redskins-Cousins long-term contract might look like

We hear a lot of numbers being thrown around regarding a possible contract agreement between the Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins. The top line numbers are important. According to a report the Redskins are offering $20 million per season and the Cousins camp, which has most of the leverage, wants close to $24 million.

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But the details of a deal are at least as important as the average annual value. The sports contracts website Spotrac has worked out a contract that will satisfy what Cousins may be looking for in terms of compensation while giving the Redskins a deal that will leave them with enough money to keep the rest of the team stocked with talent.

Here is their estimate of what ak five-year Cousins deal at $23.6 million per year ($118 million total) might look like:

(Go here for an expanded view of this graphic via Spotrac)

The contract would have $27 million fully guaranteed at signing. That seems low since when Cousins signs the franchise tage he will be fully guaranteed $24 million but we’ll look at that in a minute. Cousins would get a $15 million signing bonus along with a $12 million fully guaranteed salary. The first-year cap hit would be $15 million, saving the team nearly $9 million in 2017 cap space. As it is, all of Cousins’ $23.94 million franchise tag salary counts against the 2017 cap.

Year 1 likely would be acceptable to Cousins. But what happens after that probably would not work for him — but is not difficult to correct it. Cousins would get a salary of $18 million but the team could avoid that by releasing him prior to March. Their cap hit for walking away after one season would be $12 million. That would sting but it would be manageable.

It is unlikely that the Redskins will get Mike McCartney, Cousins’ agent, to agree to such an easy exit. And letting Cousins go after two seasons would cost only $9 million. That makes it too easy for the team to make it a short-term deal.

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The problem could be fixed by fully guaranteeing all of Cousins’ 2018 salary at signing. That would keep the cap hit the same at $21 million while increasing the fully guaranteed money to $45 million. If that’s not enough for the Cousins camp they could guarantee all or part of the 2019 salary and bring the full guarantee as high as $66 million. That is a fairly low risk guarantee for the Redskins; if they aren’t going to stick with him for at least three years they probably should just let him walk after this season.

The cap numbers go up every year but so does the cap. Here are the yearly percentages of the projected salary cap that this deal would consume:

2017: 8.9%
2018: 11.8%
2019: 12.6%
2020: 13%
2021: 12.3%

The percentage does increase as the contract goes on. If this is a concern they could take more of it on in 2017 by increasing the first-year salary or by adding a roster bonus that would count against this year’s cap.

It’s still a lot of money to be going to one player. But alternatives are scarce and that scarcity manifests itself in terms of big dollars for a quarterback without a playoff win on his resume.

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How the boy becomes king, Dwayne Haskins became Simba

How the boy becomes king, Dwayne Haskins became Simba

By Julie Donaldson

Most nicknames are either earned or given to you.  On the Redskins, take "AD's" (standing for "All Day,") never quit mentality in Oklahoma.  Another Sooner Trent Williams is fondly known as "Silverback," as his teammates said he was a beast on the field. Former Redskin Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said his Grandma started calling him Ha Ha because he giggled so much as a kid. His real name is Ha’Sean. 

Then, there are these from around the league: Marshawn Lynch, a.k.a "Beast Mode." There's the Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence, known as "Tank "because his big brother would always “tank him” when wrestling. Cincinnati's quarterback Andy Dalton is the "Red Rifle" for more obvious reasons. 

All of these names were given to the player by a teammate, coach, friend, or family member as a term of endearment. Such is the case for Dwayne Haskins Jr., who goes by "Simba." Simba, of course, was the cub that is born to take over the throne, or football team for the sake of this story. 

Haskins adopted the name Simba when he was seven. His Aunt was combing out what Haskins said was his "fro" and she told him it looked like a lion's mane. Thus, Simba was born. 

Last night, a new King was born as Dwayne Haskins brings his moniker to Ashburn. Welcome, Simba. Rule well! 

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Whether it's for Dwayne Haskins or one of their vet QBs, Redskins now must get offensive weapons

Whether it's for Dwayne Haskins or one of their vet QBs, Redskins now must get offensive weapons

In the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Redskins managed to acquire a quarterback and an edge rusher, thanks to a combination of patience and then aggressiveness. 

Now, with those two needs taken care of, there's another clear objective for Day 2 of the proceedings: Find a difference-making skill player.

Maybe even make it two.

Washington gave up their second-rounder to move up for Montez Sweat, which leaves them with the 76th overall selection and the 96th overall selection to work with on Friday. The franchise has had its fair share of problems capitalizing on mid-round picks recently, but perhaps this is where they finally hit again on what could be a key pair of prospects.

Regardless of whether Dwayne Haskins ends up seizing the starting job or Case Keenum or Colt McCoy is there in Week 1 instead, that QB is going to need talented targets.

Sure, Jordan Reed is a quality pass catcher, Paul Richardson could be a deep threat if healthy, and Chris Thompson is a terror out of the backfield. But those three all have injury issues, and the other skill guys on the roster currently instill next to no fear in opposing defenders' minds.

Fortunately for the Burgundy and Gold, plenty of receivers remain on the board. Options like Hakeem Butler, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Riley Ridley, Emanuel Hall and Parris Campbell, plus others, are all still available heading into Nashville's second night. It's a very deep class.

The same goes for tight end. Irv Smith, Jace Sternberger, Kahale Warring and more have yet to be snagged. 

In getting Haskins, the Redskins showed they're committed to trying to find a solution to their signal caller woes. Between him, Keenum and McCoy, the offense should be covered for both 2019 and beyond. The next step is to supply those players with more to work with.

Yes, they could look to address guard, or find a safety, or build depth at corner. None of those should be ruled out and all would be prudent decisions.

However, the offense needs an influx of youth, speed and game-changing ability. Friday, the Redskins will have the opportunity to add future pros with those qualities. It's up to them to take advantage of that opportunity.

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