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Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs

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Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs

Last week, we talked about reports that the Eagles were going to cut the salary of left tackle Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles tendon while working out near his home, by 3.5 million. That is the same amount they will have to pay Demetress Bell, the player signed to play left tackle in Peters absence.As noted in the article, the Eagles have every right to deduct the money; in fact, they could have not paid Peters at all since he was injured away from the team facility. They told Peters they were docking his pay for salary cap reasons. The Eagles are about 16.8 million under the cap.The Ravens face a similar situation in regards to linebacker Terrell Suggs. He also tore his Achilles while working out near his home. The NFL defensive player of the year is due 4.9 million in 2012 and according to a report the Ravens are going to pay him all of it even if he cant come back late in the season as he hopes.The Ravens are in a much less comfortable cap position than the Eagles are. As of March 30 they were about 1.7 million under. The Baltimore Sun report gives some reasons why this is the logical move for the organization. Jeff Zrebiec says that docking Suggs pay would send a bad message to the rest of the team, could mar Suggs future with the team and, besides, there is no indication that Suggs did anything wrong.The exact same reasons for the Ravens giving their injured player 100 percent of his pay could apply to the Eagles and Peters, who, like Suggs, is arguably his teams best player.Again, what the Eagles did was perfectly legal according to the CBA. But given that Peters wasnt doing anything high risk like skiing or skydiving when he got injured and that he was jus trying to get in shape to do his job, it doesnt seem quite right.Look at it this way. If you are an NFL free agent and you are deciding between comparable offers between Philly and Baltimore, where are you going to play?

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Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Of course, Kirk Cousins is disappointed the Redskins didn’t make the playoffs, but among the various things he’s done in the offseason, one of them is a little curious.

Sunday, Cousins wasn’t just watching the Falcons dominate the Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship Game. He sent out a picture on Instagram from the stands of the Georgia Dome.

“Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!” Cousins wrote.

But — especially with rumors that Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be offered the head coaching position with the 49ers — is there more to this post than the Redskins’ quarterback simply watching the game?

Shanahan was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator from 2010-2013 and was reportedly “integral” in the team selecting Cousins in the 2012 NFL Draft.

So if Shanahan makes the move out to San Francisco and if the Redskins don’t put a franchise tag on Cousins, could the pair be reunited?

It’s possible, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who said, “don’t be surprised if the 49ers make a run at Kirk Cousins if the Redskins do not make him their exclusive franchise player.”

There’s a lot of if’s involved for that to happen, but it’s possible. It’s also possible Cousins was just enjoying the NFC Championship Game and decided to Instagram about it. 

MORE REDSKINS: Why Matt Cavanaugh makes sense for Washington

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3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
  2. Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
  3. Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden. 

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