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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—It’s always about the money

Feb 20, 2016, 4:59 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 20, four days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

The Redskins week that was: If they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money

Former agent says issue with Redskins and Kirk Cousins isn’t money—It’s one of the oldest sayings in the book—when they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money. Of course, the snag in negotiations, if you can call it that, is over money. It’s not necessarily in total dollars or average per year but factors such as how much money is truly guaranteed at signing and at what point the team can get out of the deal without taking a monstrous cap hit.

Will Cousins sign with the Redskins by the deadline?—Before the news of the “impasse” in contract talks, which is really business as usual, I bet an imaginary $40 out of $100 in imaginary casino chips that the contract talks would go beyond the March 1 deadline for applying the franchise tag. The situation obviously is fluid but the negotiations going into overtime now seems to be a strong favorite.

Why RG3 won’t sign with the Cowboys—Once you get beneath the surface reasons for Griffin signing with Dallas the move makes absolutely no sense for either the player or the team. I may be right about that, I may be wrong. Either way, you know where to find me.

NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Why Round 1 QBs matter to Redskins, Ravens—You might not agree with the players Ben Standig mocks to teams but he does have solid rationale for doing so. When you click on this read the introductory post, some good stuff in there about how interest in first-round quarterbacks affects the redskins even if they don’t draft one.

What should top the Redskins’ list of priorities this offseason?—Pass rush? Running game? Despite their NFC East title, the Redskins have plenty to work on before they become true, perennial contenders. Tarik and I discuss what we would work on fixing first.


—The Redskins last played a game 41 days ago. It will be about 205 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 4; NFL free agency starts 18; 2016 NFL draft 68

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  1. ashhole420 - Feb 20, 2016 at 5:46 AM

    The Redskins should really make a run at signing both DE-Chris Long and MLB- James Laurinaitus. They are both true leaders of the Defense, Play their roles and will become player-coaches and player-mentor vets in the Redskins Defense

    Both could be had relatively cheaper then both off the older and less talented players we have at those spots.

    I think Chris Long could fit in this defense as a rush end/OLB/ sometimes and a DE others, he has the strength and speed to be very good in certain looks with this defense, and he was born and raised in the DMV. I would sign him for the right home town price.

    The Redskins SHOULD SIGN MLB James Laurinaitus . He would be bigger and faster London Fletcher in the football smarts he has and the tackling Machine he is. He is a Leader and a on field Coach just like London also. Sign him and draft a MLB for him to mentor.
    #HTTR #ComeHomeToDMVChrisandJames

    • hail74 - Feb 20, 2016 at 7:08 AM

      I’m with you on laurinaitus. Leader on defense and tackling machine. Good in coverage as well. At 29 should still have enough good years in him to play out a contract.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 20, 2016 at 8:42 AM

      Here’s what a Giants blog has to say about the two:

      • hail74 - Feb 20, 2016 at 9:31 AM

        Thanks for the post. It certainly pertains to how Scot thinks too. I’m certainly not advocating flying redskins one out to pick him up, just thinking about how his leadership would help. In the end it would only make sense at a contract he’d prob not want.

    • renhoekk2 - Feb 20, 2016 at 9:33 AM

      Chris Long is 30yrs old and a 4-3 DE. He produced a total of 4 sacks the past two seasons while banking over $23M in the process. Long made $10M last season, do you think he’s going to come here for some low ball number? This would be the prototypical signing for the way the Redskins did business. Older vet with some name recognition, who signs for too much money and doesn’t really produce anymore. I’d rather they gave the money and playing time to a younger player who could develop and get better for the future. Some 4-3 team will make him an offer I’m sure, and at his age he’s not looking to learn a new position.

      Laurinaitus makes a lot of sense for the Redskins.

  2. bangkokben - Feb 20, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Chris Long at this point in his career for the Redskins would be an expensive older version of Trent Murphy.

    More QBs moving up the draft board means more of the Redskins targets being available to them. More DL to chose from.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 20, 2016 at 10:28 AM

      Yes…choose wisely, McGlue!


  3. scottmccloughanfan - Feb 20, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    And in the history department, RANDY GREGORY is banished from the field for drugs.

    Isnt that the same wonderkind that so many pundits pegged as McCLOUGHAN’s first pick in the draft last year?

    Imagine the wails of anguish and gnashing of teeth in that eventuality!

    • Trey Gregory - Feb 20, 2016 at 4:19 PM

      Well, to be fair, Randy Gregory was considered a top 10 pick by just about everyone before his off the field issues came to light. There were about 5 top year edge rushers in last year’s draft. Vic Beasley, Randy Gregory, Dante Fowler, Shane Ray, and Bud Dupree. Those guys really separated themselves from the bunch as far as the draft process goes. A lot of commentators thought Washington would take one of them to replace Orakpo. Gregory was just a guy they plugged in because they thoughts that’s where his talent level was. Shane Ray was going to Washington in a lot of mock drafts too but his off the field issues dropped his draft value as well. But after Gregory’s issues came to light, nobody kept him in that #5 spot. Everyone dropped him.

      My point is that obviously things worked out the way they did, but that wasn’t a stupid prediction at the time. Nobody was saying that Scot McCloughan was going to take a guy with substance abuse issues with the fifth overall pick. They were saying that he was going to take a talented guy who projected well as an OLB. Sometimes remembering things in the sequence they happened is important to get the whole story.

  4. scottmccloughanfan - Feb 20, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    AS SCOTT says, “I want football players.”

    Thank you GM and head talent scout for doing your homework.

    Imagine VINCENT CERRATO doing the picking last year. {SHUDDER}

  5. nomaan78 - Feb 20, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Redskins Mock Draft/offseason

    In order to sign Cousins and free up cap space, Redskins cut Griffin III, Desean Jackson and restructure Garcon’s contract. Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant , Dashon Goldson are let go as well.

    Redskins sign Danny Trevathan ILB DEN, and Muhammad Wilkerson DT NYJ, along with FS Tashaun Gipson CLE. Marvin Jones WR CIN


    1st Eli Apple CB Ohio State Trade down to 27th pick
    2nd Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh
    3rd Kenneth Dixon RB Louisianna Tech
    3rd Sean Davis FS Maryland from 1st round trade down.
    4th Javon Hargrave DT South Carolina State
    5th Evan Boehm C Missouri
    6th Kevin Hogan QB Stanford
    7th Darion Griswold TE Arkansas

    • Trey Gregory - Feb 20, 2016 at 4:40 PM

      I’m sorry man but that’s a bit of a pipe dream to me.

      What has Scot McClougjan ever said or done to make you think he’s going to pay out a massive contract to Muhammad Wilkerson? I understand Danny Trevathan a little more, but he’s not going to exactly be cheap and I’m not convinced McCloughan is going to pay for him either.

      I also don’t know why you’re cutting Ryan Grant. He’s still in his rookie contract and costs us nothing for good depth.

      I don’t know why Garcon would restructure. What’s his incentive to do that? And as much as I wouldn’t lament DJax leaving, I’m just not sure that they’re going to pay Cousins then risk his development by taking away his weapons.

      Jones would be a decent replacement but, once again, his value will probably be overinflated. I personally think there will be a couple teams bidding for his services.

      But even if all that happens we would still have massive holes on our Dline. One guy (Mo Wilkerson) isn’t going to fix all of our issues. We’re probably losing Knighton and Hatcher. Paea and Francois are rotation players. We need starters, and one of them has to be a NT. We’re drafting a Defensive Lineman early. Count on that. I’m willing to bet on two.

      Our TE situation is settled. Reed, Paul, and Carrier. Those are the guys for 2016. Corners should be Culliver, Breeland, Dunbar, and Blackmon. I’ll bet the starting safties are Hall and Goldson with Johnson and Jarrett as backups……

      I’m doing this to show that we have guys who started last year, who are leaders, and who the team is comfortable with already locked up and ready to roll. You can’t fix every problem on a team in one draft or free agency period. They’re going to hold onto those guys, even if it’s not perfectly ideal, while they try to fill the true holes. Because who’s going to start at NT? Who starts opposite of Baker at DE? Who will be our starting ILBs? Who’s going to be the starting RB? If they spend money in free agency it will be to answer those questions, and as many as possible. Not to blow it all on one guy.

      I also don’t believe they’re going to draft for need (within reason) but just to play that game, if they do, I think they’re taking Dline, ILB, and MAYBE a RB if they can’t find a decent one in free agency

      • scottmccloughanfan - Feb 20, 2016 at 4:48 PM

        I like DE SHAWN OAKMAN in the third. His measurables and scouting rank match pur needs along the d-line. 6′ 8″ 269 4.88 40.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 20, 2016 at 6:34 PM

        I don’t think getting a DE is critical since I still see Preston Smith moving into that position as early as next season. His length and frame fit that position nicely and he just needs to grow into it with more weight. Preston Smith at DE with Gallete off the edge could be formidable.

      • goback2rfk - Feb 20, 2016 at 9:11 PM

        Your post is very long , in fact too long for a blog. I wish you could summarize that into like 5 or 6 sentences.

        • scottmccloughanfan - Feb 20, 2016 at 11:41 PM

          Ah, the twitter universe. 140 bits or whatever………..

    • Manny Whiteaker - Feb 21, 2016 at 12:46 AM

      Lol, this makes no sense!!!!!

  6. scottmccloughanfan - Feb 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Well, we’ll all have a much better idea once the combines, pro days, and FA’s are over.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 20, 2016 at 6:10 PM

      We’ll have somewhat better idea of the draftnik consensus, for sure.

      But none of those things change what a college football player did while he was in college.

  7. goback2rfk - Feb 21, 2016 at 1:30 AM

    Its about the guaranteed money. Redskins want a deal they can get out of without owing a lot. They know Cousins is nothing short of a temporary replacement till the franchise qb can be found. They cant break the bank on Kirk, they need a team friendly deal. 3 years 44 mil with 8 mil guranteed.

  8. James McFullan - Feb 21, 2016 at 1:51 AM

    Cut RGIII, Andre Roberts, Kory Lichtensteiger, Jason Hatcher, and DeAngelo Hall. Then sign Tashaun Gipson to play free safety then move Dashon Goldson to the strong safety. Then sign Lamar Miller to play running back, Damon Harrison to play nose tackle, and then trade this year’s second round and fourth round and next year’s third round pick for the 20th pick this year, only if Robert Nkemdiche and Jaylon Smith are both available at 20, then draft both. Archives

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