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As 1-year contracts pile up, are the Redskins going all in for 2017?

As 1-year contracts pile up, are the Redskins going all in for 2017?

After the dismissal of Scot McCloughan in early March, many Redskins fans expected the worst for the team in free agency. Despite McCloughan's ouster, the team has excelled in bringing in new players, and Monday's announcement that the team agreed to terms with Pro Bowl LB Zach Brown adds to the foundation. 

Beyond Brown, Bruce Allen has moved to sign defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee, safety D.J. Swearinger as well as wideout Terrelle Pryor. The moves all address needs, and Brown, Swearinger and Pryor should all excite fans. McClain and McGee bring question marks, but head coach Jay Gruden talked about his excitement for both young player's potential. 

Throughout all the moves in 2017 free agency, a trend has emerged for the 'Skins: One-year contracts. 

Pryor and Brown will play this year on a one-year deal. And, oh yeah, Kirk Cousins is currently only signed to a one-year deal as well. 

It's not just the Redskins. There's a growing trend of one-year deals throughout the NFL this offseason, but the 'Skins will have three of their highest profile players facing free agency after the season. 

Does this mean the 'Skins are going all in on a 2017 title run? Probably not. 

Washington brass has been clear that free agency is not the way to build a team, that comes via the draft. With 10 selections in the upcoming draft, the franchise should be able to do just that.

Free agency is meant to supplement a team, fill in spots of need, and one-year deals allow for that. Another big year for Pryor and Brown and it's entirely possible both players leave the Burgundy and Gold next year, but both guys could also net a compensatory pick for Washington in return. The Cousins situation has been covered in-depth, but the 'Skins can still bring their QB back in 2018 without a long-term deal.  

It's natural to wonder if red flags popped up before a player signs a long-term deal, but more than likely, it's about money. Players want more of it, teams want to give less out.

A one-year deal can be a bridge to a long-term, big-money contract. Ironically, Cousins might be the best example of that in the NFL, and other player are starting to follow the example. 

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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys who can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys. The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.

Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation.

The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family.

 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 

 

Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.

 

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