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Will Scot McCloughan situation steer Kirk Cousins, free agents away from Redskins?

Will Scot McCloughan situation steer Kirk Cousins, free agents away from Redskins?

The Redskins appear to be in full-blown turmoil as they approach a very critical time of the year.

We know that general manager Scot McCloughan missed at least the start of the combine and it appears that he will miss the entire event. There are reports by 106.7 The Fan, denied by McCloughan and others, that McCloughan has been absent from Redskins Park since February 20. All of this is on the heels of reports that the power of Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen is on the rise while McCloughan’s authority is shrinking.

The perception is that the franchise is in disarray. And when it comes to players who are evaluating whether to continue being employed by the Redskins and prospective free agents from other teams who might want to come to Washington, perception is reality.

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How is Kirk Cousins, who has about four months to decide whether he wants to remain with the Redskins for the long term, perceiving this? He has been with the organization for five years and there was turmoil in the beginning with the Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan battles and now there appear to be more problems brewing now. Why would he be excited about signing up for more of this?

Regarding Cousins, it should be noted that the team said to be most interested in acquiring him, the 49ers, haven’t been the model of consistency lately. Kyle Shanahan is the team’s fourth head coach in the last four seasons and they hired a TV analyst with zero front office experience to be the GM. Should he decide to leave for San Francisco, Cousins could be jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Back to the big picture, are Pierre Garçon and Chris Baker looking at this and shaking their heads? Do they want to sign up for three or four more years of this? Can they have confidence that the front office can assemble a winner so they have a shot at some success?

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And you have to wonder what potential free agent targets from other teams are thinking about all of this. Getting a player to come on board is a sales job and having a functional, stable organization can be a major selling point. If you don’t have one you need to hope that’s not high on the player’s list. The team can contact agents for players starting Tuesday morning. The team can arrange for visits and talk to players on the phone a week from today. You have to think that they will have questions about who is in charge. Will the Redskins have to pay a dysfunction premium on contracts to get players to come to Washington?

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

NEW YORK  -- Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

Kaepernick's lawyer tweeted an identical statement.

Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina.

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Oddsmakers expect one of the Gruden brothers on Hard Knocks this summer

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Oddsmakers expect one of the Gruden brothers on Hard Knocks this summer

Every summer, football fans get entertained by Hard Knocks. The specific team doesn't matter; the access brings fans inside an NFL training camp in a way that only players and coaches get to experience. 

For the teams, most bristle at the possibility of going on the show. There are plenty of reasons. Coaches are more secretive than CIA employees, but even more than, going on Hard Knocks means the team missed the playoffs the year before but did not have a coaching change. 

Well, the Redskins fit that criteria. So could the Burgundy and Gold land on the HBO show this August? The oddsmakers have weighed in.

It makes sense that the Raiders would be the favorite for Hard Knocks. Their coach, Jon Gruden, is probably one of the most recognizable faces and names in the NFL. They'll have plenty of drama, both on the field as Gruden looks to rebuild the organization, and off, as the team is in turmoil about where to play games in 2019 before a planned move to Las Vegas in 2020. They even have Mike Mayock, the former NFL Network star turned Oakland GM.

Nobody wants to watch the Lions. Be honest. 

Then come the Redskins. Word is the front office wants to avoid the show, and the team lacks the star power of other organizations. But it could be fun. Jim Tomsula mic'd up. Jay Gruden has a great sense of humor. Josh Norman and Derrius Guice would be fan favorites, and the HBO producers excel at creating characters out of rookies and undrafted types. There could be a rookie QB.

The Giants and Niners also present compelling stories. New York has major star power in Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley. San Francisco has Jimmy Garoppolo working back from an injury and a staff that might be soon feeling the heat after two years missing the playoffs. 

Looking at the options, the Raiders make sense being the favorite, but don't count the Redskins out either. Hard Knocks will be here soon, and a Gruden seems likely to be on it.

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