Player News - Redskins

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Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports Kirk Cousins will not sign a long-term deal prior to the March 1 deadline for the Redskins to apply the franchise tag.

With a third tag not a functional option, Cousins has all the leverage in the negotiations over a long-term deal, and it looks like he is going to use it. Once the Redskins apply the tag, which they almost certainly will, Cousins can ask for at the very least the value of the tag ($23.94 million) paid out in 2017 and a raise on that total guaranteed in 2018. If Washington balks at that price, Cousins can play out another one-year tender and test the open market next spring, which reports suggest is his preferred option anyway. It is far from a given the Redskins lock up Cousins to a long-term deal.
Feb 20 - 10:17 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes the Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with Jared Goff in 2017.

The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value, but the landscape has changed now that Cousins supporters Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan landed head-coaching jobs. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join him in San Francisco, while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat again in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, the Redskins would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible.
Source: MMQB.com
Feb 19 - 10:32 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay believes 1,000 yards is "in play" for Rob Kelley in 2017.

Colleague Rich Tandler is not so sure and expects the breakout rookie to face competition in camp. He almost certainly will, but Kelley played well before being slowed by a knee injury late in the season. Unless Washington brings in an early-round back, Kelley should open training camp as the favorite for carries. Kelley gained 601 yards on 151 carries (4 YPC) over his nine starts as a rookie.
Feb 18 - 12:58 PM

ESPN's Jason Reid reports "former Redskins officials who know Kirk Cousins" have said Cousins doesn't want to be in Washington and would prefer to be franchise-tagged rather than sign a long-term deal.

The sides have made what sounds like zero progress on a long-term deal, and Cousins may be fed up with the way Washington handled negotiations the past two years. The front office clearly didn't believe in Cousins last year, making him prove himself again on a one-year tag, and Cousins answered the bell with a big season. It's fair to wonder if the "former Redskins officials" Reid is referring to is someone from the old Shanahan regime, as then-OC Kyle Shanahan literally "stood on a table" for Cousins when they drafted him. Now the head coach in quarterback-less San Francisco, Shanahan remains enamored with Cousins, who has made it known the feeling is mutual. If Cousins is able to force his way out of D.C., a reunion in Santa Clara would be a good bet.
Feb 17 - 11:49 AM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins have yet to make progress in long-term talks with free agent Kirk Cousins.

That's via "people familiar with the situation." Per reporter Mike Jones, the Redskins are also likely to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, allowing him to negotiate with other teams. Cousins has been strongly linked to ex-Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, but the bombed-out Niners would have to surrender two first-round picks.
Feb 14 - 4:06 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports "multiple people who know" new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan believe he will "be tempted" by free agent Kirk Cousins.

Shanahan has been linked to his ex-quarterback early and often, but Cousins' impending franchise tag will make a reunion extremely unlikely, if not impossible. Shanahan can only pursue Cousins if he's slapped with the non-exclusive tag, and even then he would cost two first-round picks if the Redskins decided to let Cousins walk. Cousins would be a quick fix for San Francisco's quarterback crater, but it just isn't realistic.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 3:56 PM

Coach Jay Gruden will handle play-calling duties on offense in 2017.

Former OC Sean McVay, who is now the Rams' head coach, was the play-caller the past two seasons. Gruden handled those duties when he got the job in 2014 and called plays for the Bengals when he was their OC. It's obviously not foreign to him. McVay developed a reputation for being a bit too pass happy last season. Look for Gruden to hammer the ground game more this year.
Feb 13 - 12:31 PM

Free agent Pierre Garcon is expected to command $9 million annually.

It’s a slight increase from the $8 million Garcon made last year. The Redskins haven’t ruled out bringing back Garcon, but interest from multiple teams should price him out of Washington. DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Kenny Stills are also in line for big-money deals this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 7:11 PM

Impending free agent DeSean Jackson said he'd like to re-sign with the Redskins.

"My family and my house, I have everything here and I don't want to be in a transaction and move," said D-Jax. "Hopefully we can make it work." Multiple reports have stated the Redskins plan on moving on, however, and Jackson is sure to attract interest. The Eagles and Rams have been linked to Jackson early on. More suitors should emerge as the March 9 free agency period approaches.
Feb 11 - 10:46 AM

According to ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, there's a "good chance" free agent Kirk Cousins will command a pricier contract than Andrew Luck.

Luck signed the largest contract in NFL history last offseason, landing $140 million over six years with $87 million guaranteed. Cousins has a real chance to top that if he and the Redskins reach a long-term deal. With salary caps on the rise, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford are all looking at enormous forthcoming pay days. It's a good time to be an NFL franchise quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 11 - 9:59 AM

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds expects the Bucs to have interest in free agent DeSean Jackson.

The Bucs badly need to upgrade Jameis Winston’s supporting cast outside of Mike Evans. Jackson’s skill set would be a solid fit, but he's going to have a lot of suitors. The Bucs are fully expected to move on from Vincent Jackson.
Feb 10 - 7:47 PM

Redskins C Kory Lichtensteiger announced his retirement after nine seasons.

Lichtensteiger spent the last seven seasons of his career with the Redskins, making 75 starts for the team. He opened the 2016 season as the starter at the pivot, but Lichtensteiger injured his calf and was placed on I.R. He returned late in the season, but Spencer Long had already taken over at center. Lichtensteiger, 32 next month, was likely going to be cut this offseason.
Feb 10 - 12:08 PM

The Washington Post reports Redskins president Bruce Allen has put GM Scot McCloughan on notice, and wants him "completely locked in on talent evaluation."

Reporter Mike Jones says Allen is "breathing down" McCloughan's neck after the Redskins' shaky 2016. McCloughan won't be allowed to meet with reporters at the Combine. McCloughan has provided needed stability, but he's been hit or miss in player acquisition. He hasn't quite lived up to the reputation he established in San Francisco and Seattle. Be that as it may, the last thing the Redskins need is another shakeup.
Feb 9 - 5:21 PM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins view free agent DeSean Jackson as "too inconsistent."

Reporter Mike Jones expects the team to let Jackson move on. For his part, Jackson has said he fully intends to test the open market. Now on the wrong side of 30, Jackson will likely be playing elsewhere in 2017.
Feb 9 - 5:18 PM

The Washington Post reports the Rams, Eagles, Bears, Cowboys and 49ers are all expected to have varying degrees of interest in free agent Pierre Garcon.

Coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career, Garcon has said he wants to remain in Washington, but he could quickly get priced out of their range in free agency. Going on 31, Garcon is durable, consistent and sure-handed. He'd be reuniting with Sean McVay in Los Angeles.
Feb 9 - 5:13 PM


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