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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The free agent list, Hatcher’s status

Feb 6, 2016, 5:08 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 6, 18 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

A look back at the Redskins week that was

Why is it highly unlikely that the Redskins will trade RG3?—It looked like a lot of Redskins fans were engaged in some highly wishful thinking so I thought it was a good idea to lay out the facts on the topic. Click for the details if you’d like but the bottom line is that the only realistic outcome here is Griffin getting released.

Five free agents the Redskins will not sign—Scot McCloughan said that the Redskins will not be big players in free agency. The list of players they won’t even try to sign is long and Scot McCloughan’s list of players he wants to sign is short. But the Redskins are going to sign a few players to fill a few holes so speculation won’t be pointless.

Report: Redskins sign DL Ziggy Hood—The Redskins got a jump start on free agency by signing the former Steelers first-round pick during the week. They were able to sign him because he was not on a team’s roster at the end of the season. His contract has no guaranteed money and he will have to compete for a roster spot. It could come down to Hood and Cory Crawford, who spent 2015 on the practice squad, for the last roster spot.

Five things the Redskins need to do before free agency starts—There is a lot of work to do before they start signing players—time in the film room, a trip to the combine, trying to avoid making a franchise tag for Kirk Cousins necessary, and more. After a January breather that lasted a few weeks they are back at it in a grind that will go on through June. Then it’s a couple of weeks off before the start of training camp.

Will Hatcher return or retire?—I don’t have a good feel for what will happen here. Right after the Packers game McCloughan told Hatcher that he would be welcome to return. The GM reiterated the statement at the Senior Bowl. And while he played better than his sack numbers indicate it’s hard to see Hatcher back at a cap number well north of $8 million. Will he retire? Come back at a lower salary? Get cut? We will see.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 27 days ago. It will be about 218 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 18; NFL free agency starts 32; 2016 NFL draft 82

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 6, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    a lot of Redskins fans were engaged in some highly wishful thinking

    Fan is short for fanatic, but even so…some folks may need to find a therapist. Just let it go, people!
    ~

  2. garg8050 - Feb 6, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Regardless of what they do in the draft or free agency, Hatcher and Golston won’t be back at $8mil per. Either they come back at a team friendly number, get cut, or in Hatcher’s case, retire.

    The ‘Skins will end up with a lot of room under the salary cap, and that will be after Cousins’ long-term deal, and without restructuring either DJax or Garcon. They probably can get Reed extended as well this offseason. A lot of the high priced players will be cut, or forced to restructure for sub par performances…looking forward to an exciting, and really important offseason.

  3. berniebernard666 - Feb 6, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Unless Scott M has been eating lead paint chips, then Hatcher will NOT return unless he takes a pay cut to about half of what it is now. 6 MILLION is way to much to pay for a part time pass rusher who has difficulty practicing on Wednesdays and could miss some games due to knee problems. Isn’t this obvious?

    Reed will NOT get a new contract this season because Scott M is just not stupid. Never give an injury prone player a big contract if you aren’t forced to, and there is no pressure because he is under contract.

    Cousins however will get a new contract and it will be long term. Scott M did not eat those paint chips.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 6, 2016 at 1:13 PM

      Correction: “Reed will get a new contract this season because Scott M is just NOT stupid. ”

      Only Reed and his agent could get in the way of getting a contract done in advance. He’s an elite tight end and Scot isn’t naive enough to allow a player that talented to wait the last minute before negotiating a contract. A contract for Reed in the last minute would be for more costly. Reed hasn’t had any severe injuries. An elite player with some injury history is far better risk in signing a long term contract than a still developing quarterback with one above average season on his resume.

      • jt - Feb 6, 2016 at 6:29 PM

        Elite players dont drop easy passes in the playoffs,like r
        eed did.

        • bangkokben - Feb 6, 2016 at 6:42 PM

          That’s garbage criteria. Tom Brady is the elite of all elite players and he didn’t play mistake free against Denver or even Kansas City. Or did you miss the interceptions that were HIS fault against Denver or the near interception at the end of the Chief game? Now if you’re not convinced Reed is elite because it’s one season, fine, but mistakes are going to happen from the best players in the most important games of the season. That is part of the game.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM

          What Bang said

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 6, 2016 at 1:17 PM

      “Cousins however will get a new contract and it will be long term. Scott M did not eat those paint chips.”

      So is Cam still a running back trying to player quarterback? Were paint chips the cause for that comment?

    • Trey Gregory - Feb 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM

      Wow to Bernie and JT. The two of you really just don’t get it.

      You sign Reed to a contract now because we have leverage now that we won’t have later. He hasn’t seen his first big pay day yet, and we can offer it to him a year early. He’s been making an average of about $500,000 since he came in. He will be looking for a deal around 8 mil a year, like Kelce got. So two things. The deal Kelce got is based off the projected salary cap for 2016. These contracts get bigger every time a new one is signed because the cap gets bigger. So we can sign him now, to the 2016 cap instead of waiting for the 2017 cap and probably end up paying more. Also, we can pay him about 1.5 mil in 2016 for a deal like this. It doubles his current paycheck, locks him up, and he gets to be paid like a top star. He’s also offered more security in case he has a career ending injury and can’t play again. That’s why he would sign that deal now

      If we wait. Well, we have no leverage. He’s an elite talent and we will have to compete with all the other teams who want him, and that drives the price up.

      He is, in fact, an elite TE. That’s not really a debatable point. Other teams will want him, and someone will end up overpaying if a biding war is allowed. There’s also no guarantee he stays if we let him reach free agency.

      • bangkokben - Feb 7, 2016 at 9:57 AM

        Trey that is correct. There are two issues to letting Reed play out his contract and tagging Cousins with the franchise tag with the intention to make it a one-year prove it deal. The first is what you touched on, that the nature of the business is going to make giving these players long-term contracts in 2017 more expensive. I suppose folks that suggest this either think that the players in question are going to bomb out altogether or that these players will require the same cap percentage next year as they would this year. Before I address these assumptions, it brings me to the other issue: The amount of cap spaced used up in 2016. If the Redskins want both Reed and Cousins to “prove it” for one more year, then their combined cap number will be over $23 million. Rich suggested long-term deals in his recent posts that would offer Cousins a contract averaging $18 million a year and Reed a contract for just above $9 million a year. However, the total of both of these contracts would have a 2016 cap number at approximately $15 million. That’s an $8 million savings to continue to build the team. The savings could vary depending on the actual terms of either contract but savings is a big reason the organization will do it. What if the team just isn’t that sure about the player? The long-term contracts put the bulk of the guaranteed money in the first two years of the contract making the commitment to the player about two-three years. After two seasons, the team can release the player with actual savings and relatively low dead money. But what if they bomb after one year? They have one more year to justify the investment, but I could answer that question with another question. What if both players, playing on one-year prove-it deals actually improve on their 2015 performances? In that case, Cousins’ and Reeds’ contracts both go up 20-25% market value of 2016 while the cap goes up 10%. Also, they now have Cousins, Reed, Garcon, and Jackson as UFAs and just one franchise tag.

  4. jake kopp - Feb 6, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    They might not cut griffin.he has value in more than one way awesome backup if kept.Somebody wants him to start. Im sure scott loves having all the cards.he aint the folding type.not an more of speculation than saying hood wil fight for the last roster spot.lol

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 6, 2016 at 7:25 PM

      Welcome to the blog. Just so you know, I deal in reality. And reality is that Griffin is going to get cut. Even “awesome” backups don’t make $16 million.

      • jake kopp - Feb 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM

        Reality is afunny thing in d.c..lol-whatabout this theory? Scott tries to trade him,but cant make a deal.Robert knows the interest in him is low.He takes a paycut to stay,his value then goes up.What if he outplays kirk thisoff season? What if griffin really did just need a little more time? What if scott thinks griffin is a motivating factor? Stranger things have happened.skins have a history of keeping two starting qbs.you justnever know inDC.

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 6, 2016 at 9:02 PM

          Believe whatever you want to. I will remain in the real world.

      • jake kopp - Feb 6, 2016 at 8:58 PM

        Thank you btw.l’m a fan from way back. It is exciting to see them back on track.Really the most pertinent fact may be jerseysales.something an org would be willing to trade for.lol.,.As you can see,I specialize in far fetched theories.I hope everyone has a great sunday!HTTR

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