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Need to Know: Will the Redskins use the franchise tag?

Feb 14, 2015, 5:45 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 14, four days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL assemble in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

Question of the day

We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

We’re going to do something a little different today. If it works, I might do it every Saturday. Every week I get some good questions that just don’t demand a big enough answer to fill up a whole post. This morning I’m going to clean out my inbox, in a manner of speaking, and rapid-fire answer some questions that require shorter answers.

Here we go.

I see virtually no chance of that happening. It would cost $13.75 million to tag Brian Orakpo and that is not happening. Are they going to pay Niles Paul, Roy Helu, or Jarvis Jenkins the average of the top five highest-paid players at their positions and guarantee that money the moment they sign their deals? No. Teams can tag players starting Monday but don’t look for the Redskins to do it.

If you release a player prior to June 1, all of the prorated signing bonus that is left on his contract will be charged to that season’s salary cap. If you cut him after June 1, the remaining money is split between the current season and the following season. So you lessen the cap impact of the move in the current season but you pay off the balance the following year.

At this point, it’s very tough to name names. I did venture at one possibility here yesterday when I looked at Utah CB Eric Rowe. Whether or not it’s Rowe, a cornerback to develop is a good possibility since there are only a few that have the size that Scot McCloughan likes in the earlier rounds. I’d say look for a wide receiver (a tall one like Tony Lippett of Michigan state) and an offensive lineman (a heavy one like Rob Havenstein of Wisconsin). I’ll be at the NFL Combine next week, follow along here, on my Twitter account (@Rich_TandlerCSN), the Real Redskins Facebook page, and my Instagram account (RichTandler).

It’s no secret that McCloughan prefers bigger football players just about everywhere, including at wide receiver. Jackson, who is listed at 5-10 but probably not that tall, probably would not have been drafted by McCloughan or signed by him as a free agent. But that doesn’t mean that Jackson is going to get run out of town immediately. McCloughan knows that he can’t build the team the way he wants to in one offseason. It’s like that Jackson will at least play out his contract, which has two years left to run.


—It’s been 48 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 211 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 24; Redskins offseason workouts start 65; 2015 NFL Draft 75

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 14, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    D. Jax delivered this year, unlike muck of the rest. (Typo? Maybe!)

    No reason to get rid of the talent when you have so little.

    • charley42 - Feb 14, 2015 at 1:17 PM

      Why would anyone let go of DJax because of his SIZE???

      He’s in his prime and he’s an AMAZING receiver!

      20 yards+ average on THIS team?

      Why does anyone even mention letting him go??? Give me a break!

      • charley42 - Feb 14, 2015 at 1:19 PM

        Not that I was talking to you directly – computer glitch only let me respond to you Ifthe…

      • shermanp79 - Feb 14, 2015 at 2:34 PM

        I would let Garcon go before Jackson. He is the only guy to give us big plays last year. I never have felt Garcon is a true#1 WR. They could get a 1st rd pick for Jackson, I’m not sure they could get more than a 2nd rd pick for Garcon. That may not even happen. The big WR thing is Gruden’s preference. If he traded either guy, they need to Draft Parker or White. There are a few big guys in this Draft. I think Gruden wants a AJ Green type for this team. They will Draft a WR either way this year, just depends on how high.

        • abanig - Feb 14, 2015 at 5:29 PM

          If they draft a WR over drafting DL, OL & Secondary, it’s going to be hard to root for this organization anymore.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 15, 2015 at 4:32 PM

          If they draft vastly inferior DL, OL, or Secondary over WR just to draft need over talent, this organization will continue to suck out loud.

  2. polofourme - Feb 14, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Use the franchise tag ON WHO? This team doesn’t have any players of any quality that need to be protected….and that’s really a signal on how weak this roster is…the canary in the bird cage. Soon we will know whether the team will exercise the option on Griffin…and I don’t see the team wasting that valuable cap space on Griffin who will be lucky to be on the season opening roster.

  3. goback2rfk - Feb 14, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    They will exercise that 5th year option on RG3. He will need the extra $$$ with that baby on the way. #boyorgirl

    • Joe Greene - Feb 14, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      Bob won’t make the amount of money in his option year during the rest of his (short) career.

      • abanig - Feb 14, 2015 at 5:27 PM

        Who’s bob?

  4. bowlregard - Feb 14, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I’m wondering if Orakpo would be better as a DE in a 4/3.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 14, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      I said that when we drafted him.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 14, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      Yes, he would be. So would Kerrigan and Murphy.

    • abanig - Feb 14, 2015 at 5:22 PM

      I think Rak would be a better 4-3 DE but keep in mind he’s never played it in the nfl

    • goback2rfk - Feb 15, 2015 at 10:58 AM

      Rak gets hurt too much and he really has not done much even when he is healthy.

      • Joe Greene - Feb 15, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        171 tackles, 40 sacks, and developed into a great coverage LB in 71 games. His sack totals were a bit low (though 8.5-11 in full seasons) due to being the only quality coverage LB on the roster for several seasons and being forced to cover instead of rush a significant portion of the time.

  5. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 14, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Rich I would like to know what you think of Jamon Brown OT Louisville, John Miller OG Louisville, Shaq Mason G/C Georgia Tech.

  6. shermanp79 - Feb 14, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    I don’t see anyone for them to use the Franchise Tag on this year.

  7. abanig - Feb 14, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    The redskins won’t use the franchise tag this year.

    As for DJax vs Garcon. They have different strengths. You really can’t compare the two. Garcon is a good posession receiver and blocker, DJAx sucks at those two things. They compliment each other well, if there is consistent qb play but the redskins never had that all year last year.

    I think they need to restructure Garcon’s deal. Add another year or two to his deal and cut his cap # in half.

  8. boo Wiley - Feb 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Redskins need to sign free agent Mike Lupati and go after Suh. Need to cut Paul,Paulsen,Garcon,Clark,Helu,all the o line besides big Trent. Need to sign Orakpo to one year deal.And go out their and get a speedy rb.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 15, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      Iupati. Seriously, how is it so hard to spell a name? Also, do you understand that if someone is a UFA you don’t have to cut them? They’re already off the roster.

      If they sign Suh, they’ve given up on being a team anyone is willing to root for.

    • mr.moneylover - Feb 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      Suh looking for a albert hanesworth kinda deal…redskins not gonna pay him that kinda money ill be surprise if they even interested in him

  9. Holly Page - Feb 15, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Hey and great work you do! Maybe Redskins would consider Nick Foles trade? I liked him and Russell Wilson out if college, but knew we would bit draft either due to lack of slash.
    Thanks alot and have a good week😊. Va Beach fan for last 44 years.

  10. mr.moneylover - Feb 16, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Djax know how to create separation between him and the CBs he put fear on a defense its to bad we didnt have another big threat on the team and a decent QB…andre roberts hands are in to question after he drop to many easy catches or that was just him acting like a bby cause he wasnt the second wide receiver

  11. rafooh - Feb 17, 2015 at 1:18 AM

    Only a fool will get rid of a player like desean jackson,you build around him,i honestly dont think we have a problem on offense,just the o-line,once that is fixed everything else will fall in place,we need to address that defensive.

    • mr.moneylover - Feb 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      No we do have holes on the offense…we dont have a running back that can pass protect and we dont have a tight end that can block Archives

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