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And the Redskins' 2012 record will be . . .

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And the Redskins' 2012 record will be . . .

Earlier this week, we asked Redskins fans to vote on who they thought would win each game. Now, its Rich Tandler's turn to do that. Here are my picks for all 16 games along with how the fans voted.Tandlers predictions add up to an 8-8 season. The fans came up with an 11-5 record; looks like we should have asked for playoff predictions, too.@ Saints: LossI think that RG3 and company will hang with the Saints for a while but its just too much to expect them to outscore Drew Brees and the Saints.
Fans: Loss 55-45@ Rams: WinThe Redskins probably wont want to face the Rams in a few years when they have had a chance to utilize all those draft picks they got in the RG3 deal but right now the Redskins are better.
Fans: Win 97-3Bengals: WinEven if they dont go back to being a cupcake like the seem to do in alternating seasons, Cincinnati should be beatable in RG3s official FedEx Field debut.
Fans: Win 80-20@ Bucs: WinThe Redskins will pass the test and beat a bad team on the road.
Fans: Win 93-7Falcons: LossToo bad this isnt a playoff game as Atlanta just cant win in the postseason.
Fans: Loss 64-36Vikings: WinFor the third year in a row, a bad Vikings team comes to FedEx Field. After two Minnesota wins, the third time should be a charm for the home team.
Fans: Win 97-3@ Giants: LossHard to imagine winning in the Meadowlands two years in a row.
Fans: Loss 51-49@ Steelers: LossThey may be starting to decline a bit but its hard to see the Steelers losing this one.
Fans: Loss 62-38Panthers: WinThe more experienced Cam may outplay RG3 but the Redskins should do enough to pull this one out.
Fans: Win 90-10Eagles: WinThe Eagles will be very good but very inconsistent. It says here the Redskins catch them on a down week in this one.
Fans: Win 67-33@ Cowboys: LossMaybe someday the Redskins will win in Dallas on Thanksgiving. It doesnt look like this is the year.
Fans: Win 65-35Giants: LossUnder the bright Monday night lights, the Redskins will show well but the Giants end up stealing a win.
Fans: Win 80-20Ravens: LossThe Redskins just arent in the Ravens classyet.
Fans: Loss 55-45@ Browns: WinThe Browns look like one of the worst teams in NFL right now. They will be better by mid-December but so will the Redskins.
Fans: Win 97-3@ Eagles: LossThey wont catch Philly looking past them twice in a row.
Fans: Win 53-47Cowboys: WinRedskins end the season on a high note, either knocking Dallas out of the playoffs or at least damaging their playoff seed.
Fans: Win 88-12

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Need to Know: Redskins' Cousins called a 'mercenary' and that's a good thing

Need to Know: Redskins' Cousins called a 'mercenary' and that's a good thing

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 24, 13 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 5
—NFL Combine (3/2) 6
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 52
—NFL Draft (4/27) 62
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 198

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What about Baker? I’m not sure what the Redskins’ thinking is regarding Chris Baker. As with all their other free agents the Redskins haven’t been in communication with Baker’s camp, waiting for the chance to scope out the market at the combine next week. I think that Baker’s fate will depend on cost. If they can get in for around $7 million or less, he stays. If the bidding pushes his deal up much higher than that I think he’s gone.

McCloughan’s status: It’s not exactly news that Scot McCloughan doesn’t have the full powers that many NFL GMs have. He has always been more of a super scout, in charge of stocking the roster. He is not frozen out when it comes to contracts and financial matters but they never have been his strong suit and they are best left to Bruce Allen and, particularly, Eric Schaffer.

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Anything new? So, was there much new in Jerry Brewer’s column in the Post yesterday? Given that the power structure has been in place for over two years now, it doesn’t appear that there was. Brewer essentially said it himself: “McCloughan isn’t necessarily losing power as much as he is having his lack of power revealed.” So during this past two years, while the team improved from 4-12 to playoff contention, things have been how they are now. Let me be clear, there were some disturbing insights in Brewer’s article such as the team’s lack of a response to a request for comment on Chris Cooley’s on-air musing about McCloughan’s alcohol consumption. But on how things work on the organizational chart at Redskins Park it’s been the same.

Who wants Kirk? We are at a point where the popular perception among the fans and media is that Allen is the one who will run Kirk Cousins out of town, either this year or next, while McCloughan and Jay Gruden are begging for him to stay. The narrative is that Allen is the bad buy and McCloughan is the good guy because that’s the way fans and some in the media perceive it. But I would pump the brakes on the notion that McCloughan is willing to pay whatever it takes to keep Cousins around. We haven’t heard from him this year but last year he said on multiple occasions that while he was interested in keeping Cousins around for the long haul the team needs to be careful not to give up too much of the salary cap to one player. That doesn’t sound like he’s all in on giving Cousins a blank check.

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Cousins is right to go for the money: Some fans in my Twitter timeline are calling for Cousins to take less money from the Redskins to help Allen and McCloughan pay other players. That’s not happening, nor should it. Jim Trotter of ESPN referred to Cousins as a “mercenary” and he meant it in a positive way. What he is doing is using the NFL system to maximize his earnings potential. Look around at what has been happening around the NFL over the last few weeks, with players getting dumped when they are no longer of use to their teams—and instances of players getting cut will increase exponentially soon—and you should understand why there’s not anything wrong with a player getting as much money as he can while he can. If you add in the short careers they have and the risk that they might spend the last 40-plus years of your life having trouble getting out of bed every morning or suffering from worse problems and you still don't get it, I can't help you. Cousins should get as much money as he can and it's the job of the team that voluntarily pays him that to figure out how to make it work around him. 

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Bucs QB Jameis Winston wants DeSean Jackson in Tampa

Bucs QB Jameis Winston wants DeSean Jackson in Tampa

Plenty of teams will line up for the services of soon to be free agent DeSean Jackson, but Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston made clear he wants D-Jax with the Bucs. 

"You better believe we want DeSean here," Winston told the the Tampa Bay Times. "I think he would be a great asset to our team. Me growing up an Eagles fan, seeing what he did for the Eagles and back in his Cal days and even with the Redskins, I would love to have DeSean."

Jackson has been clear he looks forward to the free agent process. He's only hit the open market once, and that was under inauspicious terms. The Eagles released Jackson well past the start of free agency in 2014, and the Redskins moved quickly to sign the speedster. 

In three seasons with the 'Skins, Jackson has been a solid teammate and strong player. In 37 starts for the Burgundy and Gold, Jackson has more than 2,700 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. 

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With elite speed and arguably the NFL's best ball tracker, Jackson makes sense for a lot of teams. Tampa, in particular, could use a deep threat to play alongside Mike Evans. Teamed with Winston, who has a strong arm and loves to go deep, the Bucs offense would be formidable. 

That does not mean Tampa is a sure thing.

While ESPN's Josina Anderson reported the Bucs could be a  "possible destination" for Jackson, Philadelphia has long been rumored to want him back. His old coach Andy Reid is in Kansas City. Former 'Skins offensive coordinator Sean McVay is now running the show in LA. For a player like Jackson, just about any potential destination could make sense. 

Like it almost always is in NFL free agency, guaranteed money will be a major factor in DeSean's decision. At 30 year's old and with a game reliant on speed and quickness, this could be the last big contract of Jackson's career. Odds are he will land a big deal, and the team with the biggest bag of cash may prove the most tempting. 

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