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Need to Know: Redskins who may be next in line for new contracts

May 6, 2016, 5:13 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 6, seven days before the Washington Redskins hold their rookie minicamp.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 117 days ago. It will be 129 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Rookie minicamp 7; OTAs start 18; Redskins training camp starts 83

Hot topic

The Redskins can now check Jordan Reed off of the contract extension to-do list. Who else is on that list and who else will be there soon? Let’s take a look.

Kirk Cousins—Obviously he is at the top of the list. Although he is under contract for 2016 with the franchise tag it’s not good to have your starting QB on a one-year deal. If a deal is going to get done both sides will have to give significant ground but at the moment there isn’t much of a reason for anyone to do so. We’ll see if things loosen up when the July 15 deadline gets closer.

Chris Baker—He had a career year in 2015 and he has another year to go on the three-year, $9 million extension he signed in 2014. Baker is slated to make $2.7 million in salary this year. The Redskins may choose to wait on this one. Baker turns 29 early in the season and the team might be understandably hesitant to give a defensive lineman an extension that will kick in during his age 30 season.

Pierre Garçon/DeSean Jackson—These two, both of whom will be 30 by the time the season is over are being lumped together because it’s an either/or situation. It seems that one will be signed and the other will be allowed to walk. But this will wait until next year. There has been plenty of fan chatter about an extension for Garçon to perhaps lower his $10.2 million cap hit. But neither side seems inclined to do that.

Bashaud Breeland/Morgan Moses—And these two are paired together because they can’t be signed to extensions this year. They are two years into their rookie contracts and according to the CBA they can’t sign new contracts until after the final game of the third year of those deals. I’m not sure if they will quite be the priorities that Reed, who was in a similar situation with a year left on his rookie deal, was. But if they show the same growth in 2016 that they showed in their first two years I’m sure the Redskins will want to talk money.

Stat of the day

Jordan Reed has missed 14 games due to injuries. If you project his career stats over full 16-game seasons he would average 86 receptions for 902 yards and seven touchdowns per season.

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  1. colorofmyskinz - May 6, 2016 at 5:57 AM

    I would like to see Cousins and Garcon. Yes next year for sure Bree and Moses. They are must haves. Baker great contributor, but not necessary to extend. Let him play hard this year, tip the 30s and replace from the draft with even better. No need for extension plan there

    If we could lock cousins and Garcon, we would have a team that has key roles in place for about 3 years. That would give us the ability to strengthen the other areas of the team through draft without risking loss of production in key role positions. In my mind, we lock cousins and Garcon and we are a lock for a Super Bowl somewhere within 3 years.

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  2. Bryan - May 6, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    I look at the pictures from our mini camp daily via Bleacher Report. It frustrates me on so many levels not to see DJax participating. I understand these workouts are voluntary so am I over reacting by feeling some type of way?? I just feel it’s important to build team chemistry and camaraderie. Besides, he skipped last year and when it was time for training camp he tweaked his hammy and had to sit the first few weeks. I just would hate to see that happen again. Again, am I overreacting??

    • colorofmyskinz - May 6, 2016 at 6:47 AM

      A leader would and is there. He is not a leader period. He is all about himself. That’s why I would love sign Garcon and not DJax to send him a little message.

      • Bryan - May 6, 2016 at 7:06 AM

        I agree but the thing is, he’s such an explosive player when he’s on the field and healthy. I just wish he was all about team.

        • sidepull - May 6, 2016 at 8:07 AM

          One would surmise that Djax knows that it it could be the last season as a Redskin. Given that he completely understands this, and Djax chooses to not show irks some fans for sure. As a fan, I think showing up matters. Djax thinks otherwise. I think the chips fell the wrong way for him last season coming in and getting hurt right out of the gate and hobbling the team to a degree. Didn’t he say he was unprepared and he wouldnt make that mistake again? I think if he shows up to play, and has a great season, he can do what he wants and nobody says anything. Its when he gets hurt like last year, us fans question his loyalty, dedication, “leadership” and his choices. He is a uniquely talented player. Pulled hammys are a common injury for high twitch speedsters. He could show up for everything and still go out and tweak one. I say cut him some slack.

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 6, 2016 at 8:23 AM

          He is who he is.

          A phenomenal deep threat. A terrible blocker. And not really a McGlue (team and football first) kind of guy.
          ~

      • Rich Tandler - May 6, 2016 at 8:24 AM

        How many leaders does a team need? And how many WRs are leaders?

        I don’t think that DJax will be back in ’17 if I’m betting right now. But leadership has nothing to do with it.

        • colorofmyskinz - May 6, 2016 at 9:19 AM

          Leadership is not a position or a title leadership is influence. Leadership is not a badge with the letter C placed on the chest leadership is not appointed, Leadership is not hierarchal in nature. Leadership is earned. You can never have too many leaders that exhibit the cultural attributes that you’re looking for on your team.

          DJax is not exhibiting the cultural attributes that they look for on this team. I am not saying that he doesn’t show up and contribute, he definitely does and everybody knows that he’s a deep threat. Just saying that he’s not practicing what he preaches at this point. He clearly said he would treat this off-season differently. Maybe he is on his own. His leadership would be valued.

    • renhoekk2 - May 6, 2016 at 9:25 AM

      DJax is who he is. He did the same things in Philly. Missed most of the voluntary work and dogged a lot of the mandatory stuff when he did show up. He doesn’t like to practice or sit in meetings. He just wants to show up and play football on Sundays and get paid a lot of money for doing it. That’s who he is in a nutshell.

      • bowlregard - May 6, 2016 at 5:23 PM

        Whether we see DJ walking after this year, or a couple of years later, we see the value of a deep threat. And since DJ is getting older we have to think in terms of who will replace him. Doctson has shown in his highlight reel that he is very good at tracking the deep ball. I’m hoping also that Rashad Ross can develop since he has that good speed.

    • John - May 7, 2016 at 12:21 AM

      Those workouts are voluntary and the only folks who hem and haw about players not being there are the press and fans, who have “0” influence on the situation.

      As long as DJax comes to the mandatory practices and makes things happen, who cares if he misses these voluntary workouts. Santana Moss went to all the workouts back in the day and had hamstring issues every other year. Also Jackson is not viewed as a leader on this team, so stop making a mountain of a mole hill.

  3. Randy Clarke - May 6, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Resign Jackson, to good of a player. Let Garcon go and also Grant and future will be bright with Jackson, Dotson, Ross and Crowder. Wait see what Cousins do in 2016, don’t rush may be fooled again. Breeland is a redskin no matter what and Baker is too.

  4. chimps000 - May 6, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    we should resign djax and let garcon walk- garcon is a good possession wr on the older side- they are a dime a dozen- sure he’s a good blocker for a wr and a good team guy but djax is a difference maker regardless of his personality…

    I don’t care if djax shows up for optional offseason minicamps- I do care if he shows up to mandatory camp out of shape- and he knows this is a contract year I would be surprised if that’s he case.

    • Bryan - May 6, 2016 at 12:20 PM

      Man I just feel as though he and the team as a whole would be so much better if he was a full participant in practice. Voluntary or not. Everybody needs to be dialed in this year. The schedule only got harder and since we won the div last year, everybody has a target on us.

  5. smotion55 - May 6, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    I would put Junior Galette on the back end of this list also. If he has a 10-12 sack year then we would want him back and would sign him back before some of these others. As far as the receivers go nobody knows how this plays out, I would keep Garcon because of his professional attitude . Are Ross and Grant going to take a step forward so we don’t need either back is the bigger question. I would draft another receiver early next year assuming it will be better and or deeper next year.
    Maybe give Baker a redo for an extra year this year with some up front signing bonus or something like that. I would love to get Kirk signed by June just so they can move forward and have an idea what they have left to work with. I still think they have 1 more pretty big signing before the season starts.

    • wncskinsfan - May 6, 2016 at 1:45 PM

      Galette, yes. If he shows us his A-game, and can stay on the field . . . by all means. Can’t wait to see him (an the entire squad) ball next year. It should be fun. I agree with Baker, seemingly a fan and locker room fav., at that age we would need a home town deal with an out. Breeeland, I sense, if he keeps on growing and getting mo betta . . . he is going to want some cash cus of the Norman signing. A precedent has been set. If he succeeds, he might price himself out. Thing is, if Scot M develops us into the “next Seahawks” other teams will be paying exorbitant sums for out guys. typically, money talks. (why I am a fan of Scots pick stockpiling– as well as mid-season injury based acquisiitions).
      In terms of the WR situtation. I agree with the above comments, not seeing DJax at camp is hot garbage. Esp. with a lot of his problems last season being associated with conditioning issues. I agree with the leadership aspects of it, too . . . I also agree with Rich, how many leaders does a team need? That being said, Djax magic stems from his speed. Pushing into 30, it will be sooner than later that he loses a step. Garcons’ magic comes from the fact that he is a brutal beast on the field. I don’t think age will hit him quite as hard as Djax, and would prefer to keep him around. That is a form of leadership in and of itself. He, too, would require a team friendly contract. That being said, I wouldn’t be too surprised if things keep on developing to see them both go. Although I would hope to see Garcon stick around.
      If nothing else, this off season has been interesting and fun. Next seasons games should be quite interesting to watch, and hopefully, fun, too! Last season, was pretty interesting, too, this sesnon trends better. At the end of the day it is about having fun watching sports. We are there! HTTR!

      • bowlregard - May 6, 2016 at 5:29 PM

        True, if the Skins become the next Seahawks the price of our free agents goes up. That’s why it’s smart to extend guys with a year left on their contracts. And it’s also why you build through the draft. Having McCloughan to do the picking is YUGE!!!

        • bangkokben - May 7, 2016 at 3:58 PM

          Love your use of YUGE. Letting guys play out the last year on their contracts also CAN provide the team with compensatory draft picks the following year. No need for compensatory picks for guys like Jordan Reed (that would’ve been counterproductive), but guys like Jackson, Garcon, Galette, and Baker could bring in picks in 2018. Now you have to have replacements for them on the roster or get the replacements through the draft to get the compensation. If you sign FAs they may cancel out any compensation. So far there is only one on the roster who has a clear replacement (Doctson for Garcon) but time will tell. There is also likely enough space — maybe just enough space — to sign Cousins, Jackson, Galette, and Baker.

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