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49ers GM Lynch: We have a 'ton of options' at No. 2 pick, won't rule anything out

49ers GM Lynch: We have a 'ton of options' at No. 2 pick, won't rule anything out

After placing the exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins and beginning what seems like serious contract negotiations, the odds of the Redskins trading their quarterback seem lower than a month ago. Still, if there was to be a trade partner, the most logical landing spot would be San Francisco.

The 49ers don't have a QB. (Seriously, they don't have a quarterback on their roster.) Their new coach, Kyle Shanahan, was with the Redskins when Cousins was drafted. Their new coach's father, Mike Shanahan, has repeatedly gushed over Cousins' talent and moxie. And the Niners hold the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. 

The second overall pick is a big asset to dangle in possible trade talks, and it seems like new San Francisco GM John Lynch would consider doing just that. 

"The great thing is I have the No. 2 pick -- we have the No. 2 pick -- and a ton of options because of that at our disposal," Lynch told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.

It's hard to say what a trade for Cousins would look like, but it's clear the No. 2 pick would need to be involved. It's also clear the new regime in San Francisco wants to land not just a place holder at QB, but somebody they can win games with. 

"Free agency is something that we’re examining a lot of guys," he said. "Other options as well. So both Kyle [Shanahan] and I from the start, that’s one thing we’ve talked a lot about in our discussions. I'd love to tell you that strong safety, free safety -- that position you have to have and I believe it's important, but the quarterback position is one you have to hit on, and we’re looking to do that."

Lynch talked about the crop of rookie quarterbacks, some that the Niners met with in Indianapolis, and also said he would not close the door on the return of Colin Kaepernick. It's hard to think, however, that a rookie QB or Kaepernick could deliver the results of Cousins, who last season nearly threw for 5,000 yards.

Plenty of options for San Francisco, but a good quarterback is hard to come by. 


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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list

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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list


The Redskins have struggled on offense in the preseason. The good news is that they are getting one of their best offensive players back to work.

The team announced that tight end Jordan Reed has been activated off the physically unable to perform list (PUP). He was placed on the list at the start of training camp with a toe injury.

At first coach Jay Gruden indicated that the injury would be a short-term problem but as it turns out he spent 24 days on the PUP list.


Reed made the Pro Bowl last year despite missing a total of four games with a shoulder injury and with a concussion, He caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns.

His removal from the list means that he can start practicing with the team immediately. Reed would be eligible to play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals next Sunday. However, given how cautious the team has been with his injury and his value to the offense it seems likely that he will not take the field for a game until the Redskins’ season opener against the Eagles on September 10.


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WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

Redskins fans don't quite know what they're going to get out of rooking running back Semaje Perine, but legendary WWE icon Jim Ross certainly does. 

Ross, a University of Oklahoma fan, saw a lot of Perine when he was a star on the Sooners. 


Ross recently went on CSN to let the people know what, exactly, they were getting from the Oklahoma product. Here's the list of accolades, in no particular order, that Ross has for Perine:

- Restaurant quality running back

- tougher than a 2$ steak 

- a man's man

- all man (which is different than being a man's man, somehow)

- a yard wide (?)

You can see the whole thing here, with Ross coming in at the 1:22 mark.