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Need to Know: Will any Redskins players be traded before the draft?

Apr 5, 2015, 6:08 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 5, 25 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day

A few days a week 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.

On the weekends I do quick-hit answers to some good questions that don’t require an in-depth reply. Let’s get going with one from the Real Redskins Facebook page:


Despite what you calendar may say, Gern, June 1 has already come and gone, at least in terms of NFL teams cutting players while trying to save 2015 cap room. The CBA permits each team to designate two players it releases after the start of the league year as post-June 1 cuts. It has the same cap effect but the player can hit the market during the prime of free agency while there still is money to be made. And the team avoids the prospect of having a player they know they are going to cut coming into the facility, working out, and possibly getting injured. So, for the past six years or so there have been nothing but very minor moves on June 1. Those cuts are already done. McCloughan and company will continue to evaluate any players that are released.

I’m not sure I see a market for either player, at least not one that would generate an offer the Redskins would have a hard time turning down. Cousins was relegated to the bench after throwing interceptions in bunches last year and not reacting well to them. Garçon might be an attractive player but I don’t see a team giving up much for a good, not great, player with $7.5 million in salary and bonuses this year and $8 million in 2016. If there is any interest I’d say it comes after the draft if some teams didn’t get what they wanted in Chicago. But for right now I think that both players are worth more to the Redskins than they could get in return for them.

From what can be determined at this point, left guard is up for grabs only to the extent there is supposed to be competition for every position. It would be surprising of Shawn Lauvao was not the starting guard in Week 1. That could change if they draft a guard early on and that player is able to push out the starter. I’m doubtful that Josh LeRibeus has much of a shot at ousting Lauvao.

I would say that the chances of Moss being on the 53-man roster for Week 1 are very slim and it seems unlikely that he would even be signed to get a shot. But you can’t rule it out entirely, especially if the Redskins don’t draft a receiver or suffer an injury at some point. Last week Jay Gruden said that they would keep him in mind and might consider Moss after the draft so there is the proverbial chance.

I don’t know if you’re crazy or not but a wide receiver could well be the best player available at No. 5. I’m partial to Kevin White but Amari Cooper could well be a better prospect. The Redskins will take a long look if those two are on the board. And, despite what some may tell you, there is a need at wide receiver. Both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson both will turn 30 next year and will have cap hits in excess of $10 million and $9 million, respectively. If you don’t see a need there, you don’t know what a need is.


—It’s been 98 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 161 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 15; 2015 NFL Draft 25; Redskins training camp starts 116

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 5, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    I’m doubtful that Josh LeRibeus has much of a shot at ousting Lauvao.

    The Horror. The Horror.

    I’m partial to Kevin White

    Me, too. My crystal ball* says we’ll be picking White or Beasley.

    * It’s incapable of predicting tradebacks.

    • bob - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:01 AM

      More like cooper way more polished receiver

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 5, 2015 at 12:10 PM

        I agree that Cooper is, but we don’t need a WR to come in completely NFL-ready right now.

        (Could be a different story for Oakland, if they pick a WR it’s because they want to help Derek Carr grow…and they don’t have much for him this year.)

        White has something Cooper doesn’t have, and that is 6-3 height and 32 5/8 inch arms. (Cooper is 6-1 with 31 1/2 inch arms, per

        Given that White’s hands are at least as good as Cooper’s, it means White could be that big red zone target we haven’t had since I can remember.

      • Jax4 - Apr 5, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        Agreed, I’m afraid that White is going to be Devin Thomas 2.0.

    • troylok - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:24 AM

      If Kevin White is available when Washington is on the clock, I can’t see how they would let him go, but I doubt he will be available. I think Jacksonville will take him. I see Dante Fowler wearing the maroon and black.

      • Jgd2016 - Apr 5, 2015 at 10:23 AM

        Maroon and black?

        • murphsman - Apr 5, 2015 at 11:29 AM

          Yeah I was wondering the same thing. Lol. Oakland is black and white, Washington is burgundy and gold, I don’t know who’s maroon and black…

        • dcwun - Apr 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM

          That’s an old Jim Zorn thing he said at his first presser. Its a joke people. Where have y’all been? I knew we were doomed immediately after that……

  2. skinsgame - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    The point about “June 1st” player cuts is what is so maddening about Chester being on the roster still.

    • hcicron - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:32 AM

      There is no point in cutting Chester now and even less in pushing the cost into next year. Who out there do they need to clear cap space to sign?

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2015 at 12:43 PM

        Jake Long on a team friendly short term deal to play RT

      • skinsgame - Apr 5, 2015 at 7:36 PM

        They could cut Chester and the savings would be an immediate $4 million. What are you talking about? I don’t care who they would sign. No one would be fine. Chester should be cut because, it saves millions and, more importantly, he stinks. He’s been a massive liability and makes everyone else on the line worse. Keeping him around makes no sense unless Callahan is insistent that he can coach him up.

        • hcicron - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:12 PM

          Jake long is broken, no thanks. Let me rephrase then. Why rush to cut Chester? Do I hope he’s off the roster come start of season? Absolutely, but only because someone took the job from him, not had it given to them. There is zero incentive to cutting him now and again even less than that to declare it a June 1st pushing the dead cap into next year.

        • skinsgame - Apr 6, 2015 at 4:59 AM

          The dead cap hit is a non factor. The rush to cut him is because he’s bad. Worse than bad. And what happens if he gets hurt during OTA’s or minicamp? They’d be on the hook for more than his $800k dead cap money. He is currently the 8th highest paid on the team. Maybe the powers that be don’t want him to have a chance of catching on with another club. Maybe they’re as mad at him as I am after watching him “play”. Lol

  3. Jgd2016 - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    “I don’t know if you’re crazy or not”

    “If you don’t see a need there, you don’t know what a need is.”

    Rich is savage! Lol!

  4. deepball1 - Apr 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Dante Fowler will be a good to average player in the NFL. He is Kenard Lang. 5-6 sack Defensive End. I hope Scott M. is as smart as I think he is and stays far away from Fowler at pick 5.

    • shermanp79 - Apr 5, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      Fowler will be much more than Lang!! He has a 7.0 grade, Lang was much lower than that. He also had much less production in College. If my memory is right Lang was a 2nd round pick not the 2nd highest rated player in the Draft. Fowler has speed and power. Not to mention you are talking about a LDE vs a ROLB. A LDE isn’t the pass rusher a ROLB is and normally more of a run stopper than a sack guy.

    • jonevans511 - Apr 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Fowler moved all over the field in college and dominated in many situations. He’s impressive on film. He was one of the studs of the combine. He seems to have little to no character issues (though admittedly I am not an insider so I can’t say that with certainty). What about him leads you to believe he’ll be just good to average? I’m assuming you’re only saying that because you’re in the Ray/Gregory camp? If so, both players are fantastic pass rushers but we need versatility. One trick ponies really, really scare me and while I’m not saying both guys are at best one-dimensional, it seems to me the consensus is Fowler is the more complete player.

      Speaking of one-dimensional players, for every Jared Allen you get tons of Dion Jordans…..So while your point is taken, I think Scot knows better than you and me what kind of player Fowler will become. If he chooses not draft him, I’ll trust his decision-making. If he takes him at 5, I’ll be cautiously optimistic but very excited.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2015 at 2:45 PM

        Dion Jordan is playing out of position he should be playing OLB in a 3-4

    • kenlinkins - Apr 5, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      It will be interesting to see if Fowler or Beasley become the better NFL player. Fowler has shown that he can play the OLB in 3-4 for 3 downs where Beasley seems more of a pure pass rusher with unknowns for coverage on 3rd downs and setting the edge, but he tested off the charts and could only require development. I wouldn’t mind either being the Redskins first pick.

  5. httr915 - Apr 5, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Trade Garcon for early and mid round picks and take white at 5 then see if we can get smith out of Ohio st another djax in the latter rounds. nobody tracks a ball like that in this year’s draft then we have serious wr depth and talent for the next few years and with grant we have a guy who can run the route tree

    • kenlinkins - Apr 5, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      I would love to see Smith there in the 3rd round with the Redskins on the clock. This kid will play Special Teams from day one (and play them well). He has a ton to learn about running routes in the quick passing system, but this kid can burn a defense pretty fast if they do not stay on top of him. IMO If whoever plays QB for the Redskins in 2015 could not trust D. Jax and D Smith going deep and throwing it up there for them to go get, well then that QB is done in the NFL. Also D. Smith can tackle with the best of them on Special Teams and he take pride in doing so. That would be a nice change to see from a Redskin draft pick!

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 5, 2015 at 12:26 PM

      Trade Garcon for early and mid round picks

      As Rich said, another team isn’t going to give up those kind of picks for Garcon due to his age and contract. We’re better off keeping him, at least this year.

  6. goback2rfk - Apr 5, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Just get ready for a 6 – 10 season. You guys can bicker all you want about players like Garcon etc. but it all starts at the QB position. We have no solid QB’s on the roster, RG3 could be arguably a backup with his lackluster play the last 2 years, and McCoy + Cousins are career backups.
    Basically we have 3 back ups on the roster at the QB position. It does not matter what changes elsewhere, as long as we are weak at the QB position, the entire team will be dragged down.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2015 at 12:51 PM

      We are strong at the QB position and weak all over the Offensive Line. A bad Oline will make a good QB look bad.

      • rtcwon - Apr 5, 2015 at 1:51 PM

        Both QB & OL have their issues but protection & run blocking problems last year were on the ends and backs.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2015 at 2:41 PM

          The middle of the Oline was pushed back onto the QBs routinely

      • Skulb - Apr 5, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        Same thing. One takes twice as long as he should to throw the ball, one gets nervous breakdowns and one throws like my sister. I`ll leave it to you to figure out which is which. The O-line is average. A good QB would be able to work behind that line.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2015 at 6:19 PM

          I highly doubt it I don’t know what you were watching but what I saw was the Oline Collapsing at the snap of the ball. Allot of people saw that. No QB can Succeed like that. A Coach can help cover a bad Oline with play calls like Shotgun, Pistol, Play Action, Read Option, Bootlegs….ect… It’s Obviously a bad Pass Blocking Oline thats why everyone is saying we need linemen. Thats why Mayock said Chester isn’t even good enough to be a back-up. Ive already posted the stats to back this up. About Half of the Drop Backs Pressure was there in 2 seconds or less. Only 1/5 of the time Pressure got there in 2.8 seconds Max and 1/4 of those Drop Backs were scrambles because noone was open tell me a QB in his first year in a system can succeed with an Oline like that.

        • Skulb - Apr 6, 2015 at 4:38 PM

          I`m just watching stats. Pocket collapse times for the Skins last season were average, not bad. Just according to stats and not some subjective “what did you watch?” criterium. It`s just a fact that they were. The Pats had a faster average PC time than the Skins, which must mean that their O-line is even worse. Right? But Brady takes two steps and throws the ball precisely, every single time. So you don`t notice that there`s a problem with New England`s line. Of course this also means that they don`t need a good O-line, but chicken or egg here. Their offense has grown naturally to suit his tempo over the years I suppose.
          If you want to single out one thing that was consistently awful last year it wasn`t really the line but the blocking. A line of five guys can`t normally stop 8+ defenders on the blitz. And usually whenever they got outnumbered last season someone missed a block. At least half the sacks came from that and still the line gets blamed for all of them.
          I think the entire offense was out of sync last season. But it would be a start if the QBs could get passes out in 1,8-2,4 seconds rather than needing 3-3,5 like RGIII seems to. But even then you do actually need the other backs and TEs to block. If the QB is going to keep being a second and a half slower in his TTP than the competition on average then you absolutely need to spend the entire draft and every transfer on improving the O-line until it is as good as Seattle`s. Then maybe you can have RGIII lollygagging for ages all he wants on every snap until he sees a safe throw.

          Obviously that`s not happening which means that either RGIII has to be faster from snap somehow or the blocks have to hit. Or both. And strengthening the line. I can`t remember which match it was, but if you remember when McCoy was blindsided and sacked after a totally missed block by Alf last season, that`s a pretty good illustration of the offensive problems last season. Or the dozens of times I was watching RGIII last season like this: “….and there`s the perfect moment to throw the ball and 1-2-3 and why isn`t he throwing the damn ball? Everyone has stopped! Has he had a stroke? And sack!” It`s too simple to just blame the line. The entire thing was a farce except Jackson and some of the running.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 7, 2015 at 1:52 AM

          First off Tom Brady has bin in that offense for over a decade. RG3 has bin in his offense for the first year. Our line was getting beat by 4 man and 3 man rushes which is pathetic. If you are taking 3 steps back and the Oline is getting push back 3 steps on a 4 man rush your dump off is not gonna be open. Funy how when the Oline held up in the Vikings game we scored 26 points. Or in 2013 the first half of the Giants game the Oline held up and we went right down the field scored twice on 2 possessions. Its the Oline everyone wants to say how bad the Oline is and think that it doesn’t effect the QB play. It all starts up front.

      • murphsman - Apr 5, 2015 at 5:40 PM

        Why can’t we all just agree QB and OL were both mediocre at best and mediocre doesn’t cut it in the NFL?

        • hcicron - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:16 PM

          I agree with you murphs!

    • wvredskins - Apr 5, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      in your opinion there fella

      • skinsgame - Apr 5, 2015 at 7:42 PM

        “We are strong at the QB position…” lol.
        Seriously, a hardy “lol”.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2015 at 8:30 PM

          In 2012 we had a QB that won the Division and Rookie of the year and another QB who was considered the best backup in the league. Two years later we have a horrible Pass Blocking Oline which Everyone recognizes and a New Offense and everyone thinks they are trash. Without even considering that the Offensive Line was the reason for their bad play and want to get rid of them. Then with the same Breath Complain about us not Developing our own players. Let the Oline get fixed so these guys have time to throw. Neither has had a full year of reps in the new system. Both have pit up points for this team when given time.

    • murphsman - Apr 5, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      6-10 would still be an improvement. Lol

  7. hcicron - Apr 5, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Tim, you say get the oline fixed so we can develop our young qbs. We just spent 2 3rds on the line last year. Why can’t we develop those 2 as well?

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      2 guys aren’t gonna fix our problems at Offensive Line. We need starters at LG, C, RG, RT Plus Depth at all 5 Positions. Say Long and Moses take the RG and RT spots that leaves 8 or 9 more linemen we need. If you say the LG and C spots are fine I would disagree but even then with Compton you still need 3. I think we need to replace everyone right of Williams and get depth. We don’t know if Moses will be ok and even play in 2015. Hopefully Long steps up but like LeBlah he was a mid round pick and may only ever be a career backup like Compton. Like I’ve bin saying the Coach can help by calling more plays to cover for the Bad Oline and give our guys a chance.

      • captblood3000 - Apr 6, 2015 at 12:39 AM

        Tim, this is nonsense. You don’t draft one set of “starting linemen” and another set of “backup linemen”. No team has such resources. You can draft starters and move former starters to the bench.

        There’s a story behind each line position, here’s one you’ve heard before but forgot. Spencer Long tore his ACL in October 2013. The Redskins drafted him knowing that he might not contribute In 2014. That does not make Long a bust. Not yet.

        And spare us the list of linemen you want the Redskins to draft. As terrible as you think the line is, it’s hard for me to see how your picks will cause the cutting of more than three linemen from last year’s roster. And I suspect that’s a consensus view in Ashburn.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM

          I didn’t say Draft them all. I said what we need. We need to sign at least 2 in free agency and Draft 2 or 3

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 6, 2015 at 8:54 AM

          By the way the list of people Ive ever posted are solid players that could either start or be Quality depth. I list people we actually could get. I’ve mostly see people list 3 of the top linemen in the Draft thing we are gonna get all of them get real

      • hcicron - Apr 6, 2015 at 12:42 AM

        No, I’ll agree that lavaou(sp) was a bad signing and while I don’t think lichty played as bad as you do the position is definitely upgrade able. Lerib had his chance and blew it. Chester is past his prime. I doubt tho that we’re going to carry 11-12 oline men. I also doubt you’ll find better players for each current player you want replaced this year. We’re in full on rebuild mode. Some upgrades will just have to wait til next year.

        • hcicron - Apr 6, 2015 at 12:44 AM

          Meant to reply to Tim not you capt.

        • skinsgame - Apr 6, 2015 at 5:11 AM

          I completely agree we’re in rebuild mode, step 1. Precisely why I’d like to see them bite the bullet on a couple linemen and make changes for long term development sake. We’ll never know for sure about Long or LeRib if they don’t play. And while I’d love to see them take the job because they win it during practice, I don’t believe practice is the sole litmus. More than once we’ve seen a team give up on a player only to have that player excel elsewhere. The Redskins are in that group as well.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 6, 2015 at 8:45 AM

          There are 5 linemen you need a backup for each one thats 10 plus 1 or 2 that play multiple spots thats 11 or 12 at least going into camp minus Williams equals 10 or 11 going into camp. Minus Moses and long you have 8 or 9. Moses might not even be healthy this year. I’m saying we need more guys not just from the Draft Free Agency too. What we have now will not work

  8. bangkokben - Apr 6, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Oh my risen savior!

    Miller Lite is BOTH less filling AND tastes great.

    Similarly the 2014 Redskins offense had both a QB issue and a pass protection issue.

  9. rcjur - Apr 6, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Hopefully they trade QB Kirk Cousins for a 5th Round pick. Then I hope the GM contacts the Vikings for AD and tries to send them RB Morris, sorry man, and a 1st Round pick next season. Then in draft in 2nd Round take RB Abdullah. That will work! Archives

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