Taylor's family in attendance at Redskins ceremony

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Taylor's family in attendance at Redskins ceremony

Sunday marked an explosive match-up between two of the hottest young quarterbacks in the league, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton, but a certain nostalgia hung in the air as it was also Homecoming at FedEx Field.

The Redskins honored some former players before the game in an alumni ceremony. Late safety Sean Taylor's family was present on his behalf as he was honored as one of the '80 Greatest Redskins' this year, providing a special moment for fans in attendance.

"It is so exciting, just a pleasure and a humbling experience to be here," said Sean's father, Pedro Taylor. "To enjoy the festivities of Redskins' nation, the fans, and the 80 greatest players to see them up close in person…it's just so exciting."

A career cut tragically too short, Pedro Taylor spoke of his son's legacy with the Redskins organization.

"Well, I hope he represented the organization with respect, appreciation and he played hard…that's all you can do is give your best. I think he did that."

As an explosive new chapter opens for for Washington, it's hard for Pedro not to imagine Sean and RG3 playing together for the Burgundy and Gold.

"Oh…it would have been beautiful. I think it would have been a 1-2 punch along with the other players. You need fifty three, you need a team. It's always gotta be about one and that's the team itself, but [Sean] playing with him [Griffin] would have brought everything together. It would have been very exciting, you know," Pedro laughed, "just to watch some people getting hit, some people catching the ball and having a fun…touchdown!" 

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John Wall tells ESPN he's lobbying Paul George to ask for a trade to the Wizards

John Wall tells ESPN he's lobbying Paul George to ask for a trade to the Wizards

Wizards star John Wall wants Paul George in a Wizards uniform. He told Marc Spears of ESPN's the Undefeated that he's been lobbying the Pacers All-Star to ask for a trade to Washington. 

George has made it clear to Indiana that he will not stay with the team once he becomes a free agent next summer. While his reported preference is to become a Laker, Wall seems to have sensed an opportunity to build a contender for the Eastern Conference crown in Washington.

"I am talking to some guys – Paul," Wall said while attending the NBA Awards. "I know his ultimate goal of where he wants to be. I'm trying to see if we can make something happen." 

Spears reports that sources have told him the Wizards have engaged the Pacers in trade talks for George, but nothing is imminent. 

Wall laid out the case for adding the four-time All-Star as the best possible avenue to compete with LeBron James and the Cavaliers:

Look at our team. We are one piece away. We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man [Otto Porter Jr.] did great for us. You can't take nothing away from what he did. But [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It's a piece that you're going to need to win. If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance. ...

You got to add another star. You got to add another piece. You got to have three guys. And that's what it's looking like.

Porter broke out for the Wizards last season as one of the league's best three-point shooters, but has not yet reached All-Star level. The team has indicated it would like to bring Porter back, but the price is likely to be steep. 

The Wizards star said he and George have a friendship that he's been able to draw on for these conversations, but it's sure what will happen at this point. 

"Right now, I don't know. Indiana has all the rights to do whatever they want. And if he goes where he doesn't want to go, he doesn't have to sign next year."

MORE WIZARDS: Wall reacts to being left off All-Defensive Teams

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Redskins Playbook: Consensus builds around Kirk Cousins contract, and it isn't good

Redskins Playbook: Consensus builds around Kirk Cousins contract, and it isn't good

If you've read this website, or this column, you know the likelihood of the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins before July 17th seems like a long shot. Still, some optimism exists that Washington will pony up the mega-cash required to keep Cousins.

Evidence to the contrary continues to mount. Last week former Redskins GM Charley Casserly explained the numbers required for Cousins' representatives to truly consider signing would be so staggering that he doesn't "see any way a deal gets done." (See full video above).

Well, here are a few more voices echoing Casserly's position.

  • Albert Breer, MMQB: "If Kirk Cousins does a deal now? He’d be walking away from one of three scenarios. The first would be playing on the tag this year and the transition tag next, which would set his earning floor at about $52 million over the next two years, with a chance to test his market value next March. The second would have him franchised twice, setting the floor at $58 million over the next two years, with a chance to be a free agent in 2019 at age 30. The third is $24 million and unfettered free agency next year."
  • Joel Corry, CBS Sports: "Cousins is in an enviable position. It's conceivable that he could do significantly better than this if he hit the open market in 2018, because there are more NFL teams than good quarterbacks."
  • Steve Czaban, ESPN980: "I don’t think the David Carr signing does anything really to help or hurt the chances Kirk signs a new long term deal by July 17. I thought those chances were only about 5 percent before this new QB salary 'data point' and it was a 'courtesy' 5 percent anyway, filed under: 'Well… you never know.'"

There's more of this out there, just look for it. And more of this will pile up over the next few weeks, right up until the point where Cousins does not agree to a new deal with the Redskins and enters 2017 on yet another one-year contract.

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The hard truth remains that from a purely financial standpoint it makes very little sense for Cousins to sign a multi-year deal unless it is simply overwhelming with guaranteed cash. The Redskins would almost need to go full Vito Corleone 'offer you can't refuse' to sign Cousins. 

It's also possible Cousins will realize the money is already staggering and that the situation in Washington is strong. The franchise appears to already be headed in this direction. Doug Williams talked on NFL Network about the need to 'look at the big picture.' In Jay Gruden's offense, Cousins has excelled, and the team has a strong offensive line with solid skill position weapons. 

Breer also touched on that theory, explaining that maybe the Redskins situation isn't that rosy: "And if you’re Cousins, and you know Kyle Shanahan and the Niners would be out there for you, and you’ve got a new offensive coordinator, and you lost your two starting receivers, and your organization just flipped things around in its front office, the idea of waiting would have benefits beyond just the economics, too."

The evidence slants hard one direction when considering if Cousins will agree to a long-term deal with Cousins. It doesn't look good. 

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