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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