One of the more frequently asked questions around here concerns the contract of Robert Griffin III. Specifically, folks want to know what the holdup is in getting it signed.We had some footage here earlier today about both RG3 and Mike Shanahan being confident that a deal will get done in plenty of time for Griffin to make all of the team activities. The CBA pretty well dictates that the contract will be four years with a team option for a fifth and worth about 20 million. The Redskins will have no problem guaranteeing the whole deal.So, again, whats the holdup?It could be something that wont be a part of this deal and will never effect Griffin, a technicality called offset language.Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told NFL.com that offsets are why none of the top eight picks of the 2012 draft have signed yet. Thats whats probably holding everybody up, because the moneys the money, said Jones. I think everybody wants to be consistent at the end of the day. Thats whats holding everybody up.What the heck are offsets? If you have offset language in your contract, if you are released with guaranteed money on your contract, any money from a new deal with another team will be deducted from what your original club owes you. So, if the Browns release you with 2 million in guaranteed salary left on your deal and you sign with the Rams for 1 million, the Browns only owe you 1 million. So, management wants offset language.If you dont have an offset clause, you collect the 2 million from Cleveland and the other 1 million from St. Louis. Obviously, players and their agents dont want offsets.An offset is not likely to come into play with the Redskins and Griffin if only because there is is zero chance that the Redskins would release Griffin inside of four years. There just is no possibility of him getting money from another team in that time.But its not as simple as that. The Redskins may not want to set a precedent for putting offsets into rookie deals and Ben Dogra, Griffins agent, might not want to roll over in it, either.However, offsets could be holding back a Redskins-Griffin deal because the issue is holding up deals for the other picks around him. Even in the era of contracts where the CBA dictates the vast majority of the terms, agents are very reluctant to sign their clients to deals when no player drafted near them has been signed as they are afraid that a subsequent deal might make theirs look bad.So, as long as Luke Kuechly, the ninth overall pick by the Panthers, remains the highest-picked player to have signed a deal, RG3 will most likely remain unsigned. And until someone gives in on offsets, the chances are that many in the top eight will be unsigned.Its not a big deal yet and the chances are very good that as training camp approaches the logjam will break and the top picks, including RG3, will be signed in plenty of time. But it youre looking for an answer as to why it isnt already done, it could be right there.
Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it.
Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage.
Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets.
"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).
Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating.
"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.
The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games.
"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."
One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches.
The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th.
Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York.
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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 17, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
The best Redskins players 25 or younger
Here is a look at the best Redskins players who have played at least one season and will be 25 or younger as of Week 1 this year.
WR Jamison Crowder, 25 as of Week 1—Crowder hit the ground running in his first year, with 59 receptions, a team rookie record, and gaining 604 yards. He has been very dependable in his three years, averaging 64 catches, 747 yards, and four receiving touchdowns per year.
OLB Preston Smith, 25—Since he came into the league, no player but Smith has at least 20.5 sacks, three or more interceptions, and four or more forced fumbles. His sack numbers tend to be up and down from week to week, but Jay Gruden has said more than once that Smith is very consistent in getting pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t always get home for the sack.
DL Matt Ioannidis, 24—A year ago it was thought that he would face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. Now goes into the season as a starter and key contributor. The 2016 fifth-round pick got much stronger between his first and second seasons and he took well to the coaching of new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Only a broken hand that cost him two games and had him playing with an awkward cast for a few more kept him from threatening to make double-digit sacks.
DL Jonathan Allen, 23—The Redskins were just starting to get a hint of what Allen could do early in the season. Pro Football Focus credited him with a total of three sacks in the Redskins third and fourth games. But in their fifth game, he suffered a foot injury that ended his season. Allen was a full go for the offseason program and there is no reason to think that he won’t pick back up right where he left off.
S Montae Nicholson, 22—Like Allen, Nicholson’s rookie season was shortened due to injuries. He took advantage of the absence of anticipated starter Su’a Cravens and made an impact from the beginning. While the 2017 fourth-round pick and free-agent pickup D.J. Swearinger were in the lineup the decade-long struggles the Redskins have had at the safety position were suddenly gone.
Best of the rest: WR Josh Doctson (25), C Chase Roullier (25)
It should be noted that DL Daron Payne turned 21 in May and RB Derrius Guice will the 21 later this month so they could be joining this list soon. Assuming those two start, the Redskins will have nine quality starters aged 25 or younger this year.
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Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder was born on this date in 1993.
—Training camp starts (7/26) 39
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 53
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 76
The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 84 days.
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