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Need to Know: Five things the Redskins need to do before free agency starts

Feb 1, 2016, 5:35 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 1, 23 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Five things the Redskins need to do before free agency starts

January is a fairly slow time for NFL teams after they are eliminated from the playoffs. Most of the Redskins’ coaching staff took some vacation time after working for about a week immediately after their playoff loss to the Packers. Things get cranking in February. Here are some things the organization has to get done.

Evaluate the current roster—It all starts here, assessing the players they have under contract and their players who are slated to be free agents. Scot McCloughan will consult with Jay Gruden, the coordinators and the position coaches to see who is worth hanging on to and who should be allowed to walk

Go to the NFL Combine—McCloughan started the draft scouting process by attending East-West Shrine game and Senior Bowl in January. The coaches get involved in Indianapolis at the combine. This group places much more of a premium on interviews and is less likely than some teams to be impressed by a fast time in the forty-yard dash.

Conclude negotiations with Kirk Cousins—They have a month until they have to put the franchise tag on Cousins so March 1 is a deadline that could drive a deal. It’s a soft deadline because if they to apply the tag they would still have until July 15 to come to a long-term deal with Cousins before he has to play out the year on the tag. But that would put things on the back burner for a while and it would be best for both sides if they can come to contract agreement prior to the tag being used.

Start negotiations with their free agents—In addition to Cousins, the Redskins need to get with the agents of their own free agents they want to retain and start getting some firm offers in place. Ideally, they would like to lock them up prior to the start of free agency. They also need to get the wheels turning on any contracts they want to restructure or renegotiate in order to create more cap room.

Watch the waiver wire—There will be players who are on the streets before the start of free agency, cap casualties given their freedom early as teams set up their budgets for the new league year. The Redskins need to be ready to do an evaluation, decide if they are interested in pursuing the player and what a contract might look like. They need to be ready to move fast as there could be competition for the player’s services.


—The Redskins last played a game 22 days ago. It will be about 223 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 24; NFL free agency starts 38; 2016 NFL draft 88

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  1. bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    The Redskins have 17 unrestricted free agents and who they decide to keep will be interesting. Tom Compton and Duke Ihenacho are restricted free agents and the three exclusive rights free agents are Chris Thompson, Will Compton, and Tress Way. So the ERFAs will be Redskins. As for the other 19, I’d keep Cousins, McCoy, and Young on offense as well as consider contracts to Morris and Paulsen. On the defensive side of the ball, I’m keeping Junior Galette and Mason Foster. I’d probably offer a contract to Golston since his cap number would be less than his salary and he’s the only d-linemen that plays the bulk of special teams.

    • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:18 AM

      Thompson is going to get a low RFA offer. Due to his injuries and lack of productionover his time here. They would be smart to resign Paulsen since Blocking TEs are becoming more scarce due to their lack of use in college

      • bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:46 AM

        I agree about Paulsen and signing someone isn’t the same as giving him a spot on the team. A contract with little to no signing bonus worth a $1M seems fair for Logan. As for Thompson he will get a low contract but that is because he is an exclusive rights FA. Injuries don’t factor into it as much. Rich explained it a few weeks ago. It will be a one-year deal about the same as what he made last year and the player can either take it or not play.

      • Rich Tandler - Feb 1, 2016 at 11:09 AM

        Thompson is an exclusive rights free agent. He will get a deal for the minimum for a player with two years of experience, which I think is $600K

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 11:13 AM

          My bad thought he was a RFA

    • bk70 - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:23 AM

      Why would his (Golston) cap number be less than his salary on a new contract?

    • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:40 AM

      I could go either way with Morris. He’s a great guy and had some good seasons but he’s been in decline every year. All depends on the contract obviously.

    • scottmccloughanfan - Feb 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

      Disagree on PAULSEN.

      Why the 2015 TOM COMPTON experiment?

      COMPTON certainly is an accomplished, average blocker at least. I consider PAULSEN to be of similar ability.

      What COMPTON has not done as yet is catch a pass. If he can catch a half-dozen during the course of 2016, he’ll be the equal of PAULSEN who drops almost as many as he hangs onto.

      I would lock-up COMPTON and let PAULSEN walk.

      Use COMPTON as the third TE and save a draft pick. Let him be an emergency OT, and play special teams in PAULSEN’s place.

      Bring up OT TAKOBY COFIELD from the practice squad, and find another undrafted FA to put there in 2016.

      • bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 2:38 PM

        The only thing wrong with that plan is the unknown. We don’t know if Compton can catch, run routes effectively, or hold onto the ball when tackled. We don’t even know if he went out on a pass route last year. If he is going to be a TE, he also needs a jersey change. The QB doesn’t need to pick his number out of a bunch of guys wearing 60s for a dump off at the line and Compton doesn’t need to be reporting every time he enters the game.

      • Trey Gregory - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:13 PM

        I mean no offense but I think it would be obserd to sign Compton as the 3rd TE. He’s a swing tackle, not a TE. He played emergency TE for us just like Antonio Brown is the Steelers’ emergency QB if all their other QBs go down. But he’s not a TE. He just blocks. So every time he’s in the game we basically say that we’re running the ball because there’s zero threat of him going out for a pass. There just isn’t a good reason to sign him as the 3rd TE. Swing tackle and emergency TE? Sure. You can take any backup tackle and use him as we used Compton: to block. It’s literally their entire job. If he’s one of the two best backup offensive linemen on the roster, then sign him as a backup linemen/emergency TE. But he better not be part of our TE plan.

        I also wouldn’t sign Paulson though. We have Reed, Paul, and Carrier. We’re obviously keeping Reed and Paul then we gave up a draft pick to get Carrier. I think it’s safe to say those will be the 3 TEs unless some rookie comes in and amazes everyone.

        The thought of Reed being a blocker is a pipe dream. But Paul allegedly got better as a blocker last offseason and will probably be our primary blocker. Carrier has a little more size, is still fairly young, and can still be molded into a blocker by Callahan. It’s not the greatest TE situation around but it’s not the worst either. Any combo of those three guys is a pretty decent two TE set, and it seems Gruden wants to do that more.

  2. Mr.moneylover - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    That’s why its important to get a long term deal done with kirk cousins so they can know how much money they will have left to target a free agent the last thing the redskins should want is to wait then put the franchise tag on kirk cousins witch is 20mill against the salary cap then that will mean somebody else will have to rework they contract…I think its best for Jason hatcher to retire because he’s only good for the beginning of the season he can’t fight threw cold weather because he’s old and he needs to let the redskins know by next month before the combine…I think they want mason foster back and i think they wanna extend Jordan reed contract and I think they wanna extend desean Jackson contract as well as p.garcon so the faster they can work out a long term deal with kirk cousins the better… The contract will have goals in it witch means he gotta become a MVP one year to get this amount and the following year he gotta win a playoff game…that’s the kind of contract redskins gonna offer they not gonna offer redskins will make its not gonna be a crazy amount for kirk cousins and the redskins will be stuck with a over paid QB that’s not worth it that would’ve happen if Bruce Allen was GM but not with scot m. His motto is to never over pay nobody you gotta earn it..

    • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:33 AM

      I think they should hit him with the NON Exclusive Franchise Tag right away for reasons I listed below and rework some contracts we aren’t going to spend a lot in free agency anyways and if we do sign him to a new contract that will open up money we may need for later. We have the right to match or get 2 draft picks I’m sure the GM can still improve this team either way.

    • bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 12:09 PM

      There’s plenty of cap room. Griff will be released freeing up $16.1M which is more than what Cousins cap hit will be in the first year of his four year deal. (My prediction, of course.) He could sign an Andy Dalton type deal right now which was:

      “QB Andy Dalton signed a six year, $96 million contract extension with the Cincinati Bengals on August 4, 2014. All details of the contract extension currently come from Pro Football Talk. Dalton received a $12 million signing bonus and a $5 million roster bonus upon signing the contract, to bring the total guarantee on the contract up to $17 million. On the third day of the 2015 League Year, Dalton will receive a $4 million roster bonus. Dalton will be eligible for $200,000 in annual workout bonuses as well as potential escalators that can increase the total value of the contract to $115 million. The escalators will be triggered by various levels of playoff success.”

      By the Bengals making Dalton’s deal an extension they were able to split the bulk of the cost between 2014 and 2015.

      Cousins could get a four year $60M deal with $20M guaranteed. It could have cap hits of:
      2016 $10,000,000
      2017 $12,500,000
      2018 $17,500,000
      2019 $20,000,000

      Before year three, if Cousins is a flop, they could release him for a cap savings of $7,500,000 and $10M in dead money or before year four with a $15M cap savings and $5M of dead money.

      {This isn’t an endorsement or necessarily a prediction, but rather a MATH example of how giving Cousins a long-term deal helps the team build the rest of team without putting the cap in jeopardy. In this example the commitment to Cousins is for ONE year longer than the Franchise Tag splitting the cost of that tag over the course of four years. It’s just an example. The guys working for the team can come up with something better.}

      • nhskinsfan - Feb 1, 2016 at 12:35 PM

        This would be an ideal contract and I hope it is something near this. Even if it isn’t we need to sign Cousins.

      • rtcwon - Feb 1, 2016 at 9:11 PM

        My only problem with that is four years is too short. Why expose yourself to a much larger pay day so soon? Five year minimum, but I expect six or seven as the last two years are fake anyways, just lets the player’s agent brag about the deal. My hypothetical 7yr $141M $41/$73g ceiling deal still only carries $12M dead money after year two.

        • bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 11:04 PM

          Sure, that could happen. From Keim: “Here are the lengths of the deals signed by starting quarterbacks in the last two offseasons with their prior team — Eli Manning (four years), Philip Rivers (four), Russell Wilson (four), Cam Newton (five), Ryan Tannehill (four), Ben Roethlisberger (four), Peyton Manning (two), Andy Dalton (six), Alex Smith (four), Colin Kaepernick (six). Now, Cousins is not as established as those quarterbacks (most of them at least), but it’s all about leverage.” Cousins may not want a six-year deal for exactly what you stated.

      • Trey Gregory - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:21 PM

        I personally doubt Cousins would play for 10 mil a year. He’s probably going to want to be the highest paid player on the team and Williams will get 10.6 next year. But even besides that, I think he’s going to want to get paid like a franchise QB. I’m not here to debate if that’s right or wrong, I just think that’s reality. I would be surprised if they could get him for 12 mil a year. 15 mil seems more likely.

        Now, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he will look at what Tabnehill got and not see it as a sign of disrespect if they ask him to take less because Tannehill only got 4 mil last year. But that was also technically the last year of Tannehill’s rookie deal, so that was a pay increase for him. I think Cousins is looking for a commitment and respect. They were willing to pay RG3 16 mil next year if it worked out. I have a feeling that’s around the area he’s going to demand, at least. A lot of contracts starts lower the first year then increase. But Cousins holds all the leverage here and he’s going to be looking out for himself and his family (which is what we all do when we negotiate our salary, I’m not knocking him). I just see a lot of people making predictions based on what the fan personally wants for the team and I don’t think that’s realistic.

        • rtcwon - Feb 2, 2016 at 12:03 AM

          The guys that got 4 were on their back end just hoping to play 4 more years except Wilson & Tannehill. Those deals are $21, 21, 22, 21 19, 22, 19*, 16, 17 and 19M. I don’t think anything less than Smith’s $17 per is realistic, that would put Kirk as the 16th paid QB.

          *Peyton took a $2M pay cut but earned it back by making the Super Bowl.

        • Trey Gregory - Feb 2, 2016 at 12:21 AM

          @rtc: I think that’s a good point.

          Personally I think Cousins would be stupid to over leverage himself. Take too big of a payday or take too short of a contract. Stability is important for a QB. Moving franchises usually doesn’t help them. He’s currently with a coach who believes in him and in a system that works for him. Even if Gruden gets fired, the next guy they hired would come in knowing he has to make Cousins work. If Cousins leaves the expectation might be that he has to thrive in another system. Although Cousins has the leverage in this negotiation, he can really hang himself if he gets carried away.

          Also, I believe in Cousins, but he’s bound to stumble a little in the coming years. When that happens he doesn’t want to be grossly overpaid. My biggest fear for Cousins is that he comes back down to earth a bit and takes a couple more years to fully develop. Then, in that time, inpatient and unrealistic fans crucify him because he asked for 20 mil and isn’t playing like Aaron Rogers. He can prevent that by taking less at first, maybe with incentive bonuses.

          It’s only natural for someone to want to maximize their value but I hope he understand how he can’t hurt himself if he’s getting paid too much. Kind of like Drew Brees. One of the best QBs in the league but he’s getting paid so damn much that the fans are criticizing him. Anyway, maybe (hopefully) Cousins will be smart and bet on himself. Negotiate a contract where he’s making less in 2016-2017 but then jumps big the last 3 years, once he proves he’s the real deal (in theory).

          I know I’ve criticized people for being unrealistic in their expectations of Cousins’ contract lately. I guess that’s my best attempt at being unrealistic too.

        • bangkokben - Feb 2, 2016 at 12:23 AM

          Trey, the contract I laid out averages $15/year. It’s the framework for a 4-year $60M contract with $20M in guarantees. Starts at $10M; finishes at $20M. Cousins has little leverage. The team can simply tag him if there is an impasse. Again the point I was trying to make is that A LONG-TERM deal is what is best for the team in order for the team to maintain its strengths and improve its weaknesses. The terms can vary but a long-term deal can show the player commitment and respect while keeping the cap numbers low. An alternative 4-year $60M contract could be a $12M signing bonus ($3M prorated over four years), an $8M roster bonus for year one (due at the start of the season), and a million dollar salary for year one. Year two would have a salary of $11M; year three, $13M; and year four, $15M. Cousins would then end up collecting $21M in the first year while the team’s cap is only $12M. Then Cousins’ cap numbers go up to $14M, $16M, and finally $18M. This is equivalent to a $15M/year contract. At the same time it pays Cousins – a one-year starter with promise – a starting QB contract in the middle of the pack.

  3. timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I would slap the NON Exclusive Franchise Tag on Cousins as soon as possible. That way it pushes negotiations. I really don’t think teams are going to cover him as much as others on here do. Once he sees the lack of interest and the lower than what he is gunning for contracts he will get offered it will improve our position with signing him. The GM will not break the bank on one player and this will bring his agent back down to reality.

    • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:42 AM

      We have the right to match any Contract offered or get two 1st round picks. I highly doubt a team is willing to over pay for a player who only did it for half a year ( mainly short passes 394 of 548 10 yards or less ) and two 1st round picks. If a team is willing to over pay and give up two 1st round picks for him I’m sure the GM will still be able to improve this team with the extra ammo

    • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 10:46 AM

      I have no idea how much other teams covet him, just think he’s the top FA QB. I’m not sure how often franchised guys get offered deals from other teams. I remember hearing former GM pat Kerwin talk on this subject. He said it doesn’t happen too often because why would a gm waste his time putting together a contract that they know the other team will match. Sure every now and then it will happen with some language put in to prevent the former team from matching, but that won’t happen in a cousins offer because we have plenty of cap space. I expect cousins receives no offers actually because teams know Scot wants to keep him. It will come down to normal negotiating tactics as to whether or not he gets tagged.

      • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 11:10 AM

        All 5 players got the NON Exclusive Franchise Tag none got the Exclusive Franchise Tag

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 11:11 AM

          This is probably the preferred method

        • bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 12:51 PM

          Nobody is going to sign any of the franchise tagged players this year whether it’s Cousins or anyone else. When was the last time that was done? Joey Galloway? I don’t know, but the point is that it doesn’t happen. Since it hasn’t happened in years, why would it now? So Cousins WILL get tagged IF a deal can’t be reached before the league year.

          Now playing devil’s advocate here, let’s suppose some team is so desperate that they are willing to sign Cousins – like the Browns – to a king’s ransom. Say for instance that the Browns have an ax to grind for the Redskins getting the 2012 trade done with the Rams that they are willing to sign Cousins to some ridiculous some of money that Redskins wouldn’t or couldn’t match – $25M cap hit first year of the contract, getting lower each subsequent years. After all, the Browns are $33M under the cap currently and can make more room. BUT, the Browns make this offer after the draft – they have until the 15th of July if Kirk doesn’t sign the tag. The Redskins still get the Browns next two #1 draft picks but now it’s in in 2017 and 2018. The Redskins didn’t expect the Browns to be so enamored with Cousins – why would they – so now it is June 2016, the Redskins have released Griff and he has signed with Dallas, all of the serviceable vet QBs have been signed, the draft is over and we have a 7th rounder, an undrafted FA, and MAYBE “Kirk’s” veteran back-up dueling it out to start for reigning division champs. Why? Because, we put the tag on Cousins and didn’t try to work out a long-term deal.

          Again, I don’t think any franchise tagged players will be signed by other teams but there is a nightmare scenario that could happen if our front office has the same opinion as yourself regarding the franchise’s record holder in yards passed in a season.

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 1:10 PM

          You do realize that record most teams pasted years ago with a higher # the guy got it because of the lack of passing Washington being a run first offense for majority of their history and having turnover constantly ly with offensive scheme and QBs constantly. Not a big accomplishment when taken into perspective.

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 2:39 PM

          Bang if Cousins is as good as you claim why wouldn’t another team try to sign him?

        • bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 3:07 PM

          When, have I ever claimed that Cousins was worth two first round draft picks?! That’s the problem with you, Tim. You take Cousins being the best QB on the team in some whacked view. I’m now imagining a robot voice saying: “Griffin was worth THREE #1 PICKS AND A 2ND; and bangkokben thinks Cousins is better than Griffin (for this team in 2015 and moving forward, btw). Therefore bangkokben thinks Cousins is worth two #1 picks.” It doesn’t work that way. Also, when I put my perceived contract value relative to the other QB contracts out there, it isn’t saying anything more than that. Lastly comparing Cousins numbers with ANY QB great or poor IS NOT EQUATING THEM! It is simply making a comparison. I’ve been careful with my language with you regarding Cousins yet you want to extrapolate that to some degree that hasn’t been mentioned. Stop! If you want to bring “as good as I claim,” then quote my claim. Quote it with the date and time stamp and we can discuss it.

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 5:18 PM

          I never said you said he was worth 2 1st round picks. Please Copy and paste where I wrote that.

          See that’s your problem. You don’t go by what I literally write. You try and make up something you think I mean.

          Read What I write because that is all I am saying nothing more.

          You make Cousins out to be aFranchise QB that should be signed to a long term contract. If that is the case than why wouldn’t another team wasn’t to sign him since Franchise QBs are hard to find.

          I will look and copy and past where you have stated he played at a top 10 level and deserves a contract to match when I get off work

        • bangkokben - Feb 1, 2016 at 6:09 PM

          Good luck finding that, Tim. I never said he was a “franchise QB” or even a top ten QB that deserves to get paid like a top-ten QB. I even gave you a contract breakdown today consistent to what I posted at the beginning of this whole (signing Cousins to an extension) narrative.

          Now what you wrote: “Bang if Cousins is as good as you claim why wouldn’t another team try to sign him?” was in the context of being TAGGED. It is in the same thread and a quite clear response to what I wrote in my last comment to you on this thread: “Nobody is going to sign any of the franchise tagged players this year whether it’s Cousins or anyone else.”

          Now if you somehow missed the context or changed the context, here is my response to your quoted question. IF Cousins isn’t fagged, I’m sure their would be several teams vying for his services. Btw, not going to happen because Kirk will be signed or tagged by the B&G.

      • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 11:26 AM

        Cousins has not shown he is a Franchise QB as of yet. There is more bad tape out there than good.

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 11:44 AM

          I guess it all depends on your definition of franchise qb. He has shown plenty of good things, unfortunately for us it came in his final year of his contract. He’s a starter in this league and will get paid like one. I’ll leave it Scot to deem his value.

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 12:09 PM

          In response to a future post I’m sure is coming about his deep passing numbers. Unfortunately this is from 2014 so doesn’t have cousins numbers from this year. It does have Brady’s, who’s numbers are actually lower than cousins. Tell me what you think of the authors comment on rob and feel free to explain away robs poor numbers as well.

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 12:35 PM

          Again without even reading the article RG3 HAS BIN PLAYING HURT BEHIND THE 31st RANKED OLINE IN PASS BLOCKING. What about this do you not understand?
          Cousins was bad that same year healthy

        • nhskinsfan - Feb 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM

          And sacked only 8 times to RG3’s 33

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 12:46 PM

          I read your articles. Behind the same line and with the same team cousins was better. Rob didn’t play hurt in 13′ and 14′ so lose that excuse

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 1:04 PM

          I’m going to read this article tonight at work on break.
          So the guy was weeding a knee brace for a fashion statement lol. It takes 2 years to come back 100% from that kind of knee injury for everyone not named Adrian Peterson.
          The dislocated ankle he had is usually a season ending injury.

          The Washington Post has individual Oline stats that show out of all the sacks in 2014 all but 17 were on the Oline. The other 17 would be put on the RBs,FB,TEs, and QBs

          Cousins had more interceptions and a worse completion percentage.

          Point is the Oline has a lot to do with QB play. The QB needs time to throw the ball. When your Coach is calling Mostly drop backs with deep routes you are going to get sacked behind a bad Oline Period.Or throw picks and incompletetions.

        • nhskinsfan - Feb 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM

          Cousins-10 TD 9 INT 86.4 QBR 61.8 completion percentage

          RG3-4 TD 6 INT 86.9 QBR 68.7 completion percentage

          Here’s a great one for you since you hate short passes.

          RG3 18 20+ 8 40+

          Cousins 27 20+ 8 40+

          Looks like Cousins went long more in 2014 and still had way less sacks.

          RG3-3 year starter in the NFL in 2014

          Cousins-3 year backup in the NFL in 2014

          SAME LINE

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 1:34 PM

          Lots of qbs play with a brace, what’s your point? Your basically saying that each year Robs been in the league he’s had to play hurt, which has negatively affected his play. There’s a saying about guys like that. “Hell when he’s well, too bad he’s always hurt”

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 1:52 PM

          However the point of the article wasn’t to slam Robert but rather to show the deep ball is hardly a marker of a great qb. Brady is one of the worst and behind guys like Fitzpatrick, McCown and Hoyer yet I don’t think belichek is looking to make a trade anytime soon.

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 2:10 PM

          2 years he was hurt that’s it. A QB is capable of playing 15 years and this guy was hurt 2 years you act like it’s bin 6 or 7

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 5:14 PM

          First you bring up his 12’acl injury and then imply he should be given a two year grace period for it. Then you bring up his 14′ ankle and say that year shouldn’t count against him. My point was that if your going to write off all his bad performances as injury related then you have to also claim that his entire career he’s had to deal with injuries. You can’t have it both ways.

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 5:21 PM

          You act m me he has bin in the league for 10+ years. We are talking 2 years injured way to give up on a player early

          I wonder if you would want tocut Cousins if he got injured 2 years in a row

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 5:57 PM

          Tim, you claim he’s had to play hurt the last two years. Add to that the concussion and acl in 2012 and that would be all three years. I said he hasn’t played hurt since 2012. You then reiterate that he has and bring up his brace as evidence. My point is you can’t say injuries aren’t a part of who he is and then discount all he’s done because of injuries he’s had to overcome every year he’s been in the league. I’d be fine cutting cousins if over the span of his next contract he’s playing hurt all the time, like you said rob was, and there was a better alternative on the roster who showed he could be the guy.

        • timwillhide - Feb 1, 2016 at 7:23 PM

          Agree to disagree I say you don’t give up on talent after 1 Great year, 1 average year and 1 bad year. You say give up on him and go with the guy who only did it for half a year with less talent. Got it Only Time will show who was right.

        • hail74 - Feb 1, 2016 at 8:52 PM

          Perhaps you’ll recall in 2012 right before the teams win streak that Carolina and Pittsburgh made rob look horrible. Atlanta beat him up pretty good too. He only beat the Giants because his fumble went straight to josh Morgan. So by your logic he’s only had half a good season and gotten worse each following year. So we will agree to disagree and I’ll take the guy who’s playing good NOW. Talent? As for who has more talent, rob can run faster and has a stronger arm but Kirk is more knowledgable and and instinctive.

        • timwillhide - Feb 2, 2016 at 11:27 AM

          So I read that article and it pointed to a lot of things I have bin saying.

          1. It showed in the same amount of games that gruden called at least twice as many plays with deep developing routes as Cousins to hang RG3 out to get blown up by the rush.

          It also is very telling that gruden only called 23 more deep passes in 10 more games this year for Cousins kinda points to a lack of trust on deep passes especially with a better Oline.

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 2, 2016 at 12:08 PM

          Or perhaps that Jackson played in all but one game in 2014 and missed seven (eight if you subtract the seven-snap opener) had more to do with it than “trust”?

        • timwillhide - Feb 2, 2016 at 12:40 PM

          I see what your saying in that respect Rich this coming year will tell more with a tougher schedule and Croder emerging as a weapon

          But it still shows that Gruden was calling at least twice as many deep route plays that take longer to develop behind a poor pass Blocking Oline for RG3 than Cousins. It’s called set up for failure.

        • timwillhide - Feb 2, 2016 at 12:43 PM

          Also Rich you have to admit with all the interceptions Cousins has Thrown that could have also bin a reason to rapper off the deeper throws. We still had Ross, Crowder, Garcon that can get deep Jackson isn’t the only threat we have.

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM

          Well, let’s see, Garcon was also there all of last year, Ross is raw speed and not much else, and Crowder isn’t a deep threat. Concerned about INT’s? Perhaps. But the absence of Jackson was the overriding factor in fewer deep passes.

        • John - Feb 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM

          He’s not a “franchise qb” if you on consider guys like Rogers, Brady, Peyton (in the past), but then, you can normally count guys that fit that profile on 1 hand.

          Kirk is the best chance of having a stable healthy long term qb this team has had in a long, long time. He still has things to work on but he’s a lot further along than Robert and a better option than starting over with a rookie or getting a so so free agent.

        • timwillhide - Feb 3, 2016 at 7:55 PM

          RG3 has Franchise QB ability. I would much rather take the the time to develop that ability and have our Franchise QB for the next 10 years than have a mediocre guy that doesn’t give us the chance to go far in the playoffs.

          Basically I would rather take the time to get a $1 instead of trying to take the fast 50¢

        • John - Feb 4, 2016 at 10:40 PM

          Unfortunately you like to may others are stuck replaying the game where Kirk three all those picks against the Giants in 2014 and completely overlook what Kirk did this season, while remembering only the good Robert of 2012. The coaches got tired of Roberts mouth/attitude and went with players that work their craft. Enough of the coddling of Robert and owner favorites. Keep spending those $1 bills on your injury prone free agent to be.

  4. smotion55 - Feb 1, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    I can only hope that when RG3 leaves his angry followers go with him. A lot of he said she said. The real problem is that Dan Snyder should have never traded all those picks for him in the 1st place. Robert will be gone and Kirk will be here for the next 3 or 4 years PERIOD. GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON . This GM and the contract people Know what they are doing and it will get done. I am more concerned with Nose Tackle and how deep the draft is their, and how thin the TE position is. Running Back is fairly deep in the draft also and hope to go young there to.
    Our free agents are not worth that much so whatever they do is all right with me. Alf will go to a Zone Read team and I hope he does well. A True Pro Football Player to the core. I also feel that they better themselves with a couple of players let go by other teams early.
    This is the most important time of the year and now that we have a real GM it should be fun and interesting at the same time. I just hope all the negative stuff disappears like the locker room leaks did last year. Redskin fans should hold themselves accountable for there BS also. This team is changing for the better right before our eyes so Open up your eyes and hold on for the ride up.

  5. rcjur - Feb 1, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Redskins best bet is Non Exclusive Franchise Tag on Cousins. Let him really see what the NFL interest is for him financially and if necessary get the draft picks for him. If a team is really interested in signing Cousins which I doubt the Redskins should find out before they make a stupid financial mistake. The teams in the NFL know Cousins was a beneficiary of good play due to several reasons but know he’s not worth crazy dollars. Having a great year is always possible but doing it again and again….that’s a bet wrong with Cousins. Don’t believe the hype and if Redskins lose Cousins I can ride with the team decisions moving forward of the GM. Trust him more than Cousins or Gruden on the future of the Redskins.

    • Derrick Motley - Feb 2, 2016 at 7:38 AM

      Our best bet let Gruden and cousin go.Cousins didn’t beat no team over 500. With out Reed he’s garbage.Before Gruden even coach one game his brother said RG3 was not his brother type of QB Gruden racist we don’t need that here with or team.We all seen when he played GREENBAY Packers the old Cousin showed up.Get few picks for him and move on. Archives

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