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Need To Know: The Redskins week that was—A leadership void?

Mar 12, 2016, 5:57 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 12, 47 days before the NFL Draft.

The Redskins week that was

Redskins were coming and going this week as NFL free agency got underway. Here’s a look at some of our most popular articles of the week.

At long last, Redskins release Robert Griffin III—This wasn’t really news except perhaps to the few fervent fans who thought that by some miracle the Redskins would figure out a way to keep Griffin or possibly trade him. It ended a chapter in Redskins history that we won’t really know the full implications of for years.

Examining ripple effects from Monday’s Redskins roster moves—Besides Griffin a few other Redskins departed on Monday as the Redskins cleared some cap space and set the table to get younger. There is a leadership void left by the departures of Terrance Knighton, Dashon Goldson, and Jason Hatcher. But if a team is going to get younger that is something it they will have to deal with. Players like Ricky Jean Francois and Ryan Kerrigan will have to step into the void.

After Monday’s roster moves, how much cap space do the Redskins have?—The answer is not a whole lot, considering that they were over the cap after applying the franchise tag to Kirk Cousins. But they have enough to retain the players they want to keep, sign some help from the outside, and have some cushion to go into the season with.

Tom Compton’s departure further depletes Redskins’ 2012 draft class—I wouldn’t call the Redskins 2012 draft class depleted, I’d call it disappeared. That draft class should be forming the core of the team but only one player, Cousins, is left from it. Looking at the previous item, being tight on cap space and having poor drafts are related; draft picks should provide inexpensive, quality players.

Redskins who are still on the bubble—We’re just a few days into the league year so just because some veteran players survived the initial wave of cuts that doesn’t mean that they are not endangered. Here are some players who may still be on the chopping block due to age, cap number, and/or injury.

Osweiler contract may make a Cousins deal harder to make—It appears that the four-year, $72 million contract that quarterback Brock Osweiler got from the Texans may complicate the Redskins’ efforts to get Kirk Cousins locked up with a long-term contract. The details are in the post but suffice it to say that the most likely scenario now may be to have Cousins play out 2016 on the franchise tag.


—The Redskins last played a game 62 days ago. It will be about 183 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 37; 2016 NFL draft 47; Redskins training camp starts 138

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  1. hail74 - Mar 12, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    The Broncos had a great 2012 draft however, ironically, because of their success they too lost most of what should be their young core from that draft.
    2nd rd Brock(gone)
    Wolfe (resigned)
    3rd. Hillman
    4th. Bolden
    Blake (cut)
    5th. Malik (gone)
    6th. Trevathon(gone)
    Now they have an underwhelming RB and a safety who had 5 tackles in 9 games. They clearly thought those FAs were over paid but would really would have only been able to retain one or two of them anyway.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 12, 2016 at 8:19 AM

      Got to give them credit for getting a Lombardi trophy though. I didn’t think they could do it, but they did.

      So you have to say that draft was a success., even though modern NFL free agency and salary cap rules prevented them from keeping it together.

    • renhoekk2 - Mar 12, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      If the 2015 draft class gets the Redskins a couple of trips to the Super Bowl and they win one, I think most fans will get over the fact that they couldn’t retain them all.

      • hail74 - Mar 12, 2016 at 9:15 AM

        Oh absolutely and I hardly fault them for losing Malik and trevathon as I think those guys were way overpaid.

  2. Mr.moneylover - Mar 12, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    I think they set at the TE position with the signing of Logan Paulsen… They looking to build depth at the LB position…if they don’t bring in another DL player from the free agent market that means they gonna draft some DL players plus they already got like 5 DL players on the roster ready to compete for training camp…they still got they eyes on some players that they can bring in and can help the team out a lot and won’t cost the team big bucks….

  3. berniebernard666 - Mar 12, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    whatever happened to Andre Branch….and his visit. Big Buildup and then suddenly out of nowhere they sign Reyes and not even a mention of Branch leaving town….?? You reporters can do a better job.

    • goback2rfk - Mar 12, 2016 at 12:49 PM

      These reporters just make sh|t up. Kind of like that article on CSN that said “At least 10 teams interested in Rg3” It does not appear that teams are lining up to sign the hobbled Rg3. He will fit in somewhere but there was not a big interest in the dude thats for sure. Otherwise he would be singing Briock Osweiler types of contracts.

      • John - Mar 12, 2016 at 2:34 PM

        That whole 10 teams high on RG3 was hype drummed up by RG3s agent. Lots of smoke but no fire.

      • hail74 - Mar 12, 2016 at 3:31 PM

        He may not even get chase Daniel type contract

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 12, 2016 at 1:45 PM

      OK, I suppose we’ll have Tarik cover all of the arrivals at Dulles and I’ll park outside the gates at Redskins Park to try to see and identify a player in the back of an airport limo. Look if the agents choose not to talk about a visit not much we can do. The Redskins generally do not announce them.

      And I must have missed the “Big Buildup” for the Branch visit. We wrote an article. Whoopie.

      Look, if people haven’t learned by now that visits do not always lead to signings, there’s not much I can do about it.

      • John - Mar 12, 2016 at 2:43 PM


        You don’t have to respond to ignorant comments. The beauty of free speech. They can say whatever they want but your not obligated to listen. In any case comments like that merely demonstrate their ignorance.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 12, 2016 at 5:54 PM

        Come on, Shirley CSN has a hacker team that could tap into the communications used by the Skins and said prospects???

        * yes I’ m kidding

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 12, 2016 at 7:51 PM

          No, we don’t.

          And stop calling me Shirley.

  4. Rich - Mar 12, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Rich, have you heard of any skins interest in Casey Heyward? I can’t believe he hasn’t been signed yet. Have there been any interest in Siliga or Akeim Hicks from the Pats? They would be great d line I would love to see the skins take Eli Apple at 21 and then get Tyler Boyd in the second.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 12, 2016 at 2:36 PM

      Have not. Two possible reasons I can see. I’ve heard there is concern about his foot injury and it’s also possible that he is asking for too much money.

      Actually there’s a third possible reason–If the Packers aren’t making much of an effort to sign a young cornerback you have to think there’s something wron.

  5. brucefan1 - Mar 12, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    “….wasn’t really news except perhaps to the few fervent fans who thought that by some miracle the Redskins would figure out a way to keep Griffin …. ”

    Agreed. Few Griffin fans wanted to find a way for the Skins to keep RG, especially when Gru revealed his true intentions this summer for the position in August. Seemed like many were content to let him go on his way ASAP and let him try to rebuild his career elsewhere, instead of awkwardly twisting in the wind in DC like he did. (Well… excluding our esteemed co-commenter, Mr.moneylover, maybe. MM was always proposing ways to keep Robert around for next season, no? But then I’m not really even sure that he was a Griffin fan. We’re ya, money?)

    “It ended a chapter in Redskins history that we won’t really know the full implications of for years”

    Couldn’t concur more; judging this move, as well as comparing the future trajectories of the careers of Griffin and Cousins, will be a hot topic for years to come — not only on the Redskins Reservation but throughout the NFL. Should be fun!

  6. Mr.moneylover - Mar 12, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    I don’t think Stephen paea will be starting again going into the season I really think we gonna have some unknown names and faces in the starting lineup… the only OG that I expect to keep his starting job is Chris baker…Safety,WR,CB are the areas that’s weak at the moment…it sounds like junior gaullet won’t be back but I’m told they tryna work something out with him and his agent

  7. Skulb - Mar 13, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    It is practically impossible to draft well when the regime keeps changing. The 2012 guys were all Mike’s picks.

    • John - Mar 13, 2016 at 3:51 AM

      Shanahan was a decent coach. He just should not have been in charge of personnel. No coach has the time and the wherewithal to cover all that ground (practice, meetings, position meetings, meetings with coaches, daily media, coaches shows on radio and TV and it just goes on and on). Archives

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