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Who will be a free agent in 2013?

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Who will be a free agent in 2013?

Here are the Redskins 2013 free agents and a quick look at how much of a priority the Redskins will make signing them.

Who do you think should go and who must stay? Let us know in the comments.

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LB Lorenzo Alexander: The special teams captain is becoming more and more valuable as a key contributor on defense. Bringing him back will be a priority and they should be able to come to a reasonable contract agreement.

NT Chris Baker: He has done a decent job as a backup nose tackle, He should get a chance to come back.

OT Jordan Black: Will likely be released when the team activates Jammal Brown off of the PUP list.

TE Chris Cooley: Let's see what he does over the remaining eight games of the season before trying to figure out this one.

TE Fred Davis: He was poised to get a pretty solid long-term deal before suffering the torn Achilles. Now he might have to settle for a one year deal with health and performance incentives. That may or may not be with the Redskins.

DE Kedric Golston: The Redskins will almost certainly offer him a deal with minimal guarantees.

CB Cedric Griffin: Unless he comes on strong the rest of the season, he's probably a one and done in DC.

LB Rob Jackson: The Redskins almost certainly would welcome him back for a minimum deal but it remains to be seen if, assuming Brian Orakpo is back healthy, he will seek to go somewhere that might promise more playing time.

OL Kory Lichtensteiger: He probably has a job here as long as he wants one but they won't pay him a ton of money.

OL Tyler Polumbus: He has played every snap this year but the Redskins won't plan on having him do that next year. Could stick as a utility lineman for the minimum.

P Sav Rocca:He was a consistent weapon last year but this year he's not much better than average. The Redskins might want him to stay but the aren't going to pay him the $1.55 million they are paying him this year.

S Madieu Williams: The Redskins hope to upgrade the position and if they can find another solution in free agency or the draft they could move on.

LB Chris Wilson: He made the team as a pass rush specialist but he can't get on the field now because he couldn't rush the passer. Unlikely to be brought back.

QB Rex Grossman: (Overlooked when first posted) It seems likely that Shanahan will go back to his preferred two-QB roster setup and let Grossman go.

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Note: To retain a right of first refusal an NFL team will have to offer a one-year tender of $1.26 million. They can also choose to make a lesser contract offer but that will allow a player to negotiate and sign with any other team without a chance to match.

KR Brandon Banks: Although they are still enamored by his speed, it seems likely that the Redskins will move on from Banks.

TE Logan Paulsen: Whether or not he's the starter the Redskins are likely to keep him via a tender or by signing him to a two- or three-year dea.

FB Darrel Young: Like Paulsen, the Redskins will retain Young one way or another.

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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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