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Barring a setback, Garçon will play Sunday

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Barring a setback, Garçon will play Sunday

Pierre Garçon said if he emerges from Saturday’s walkthrough unscathed, he intends to suit up 24 hours later against the Eagles.

It would be the first game action for the Redskins’ top wide out since Oct. 7.

“I feel all right,” he said after Friday’s practice at Redskins Park. “I should be good to go on Sunday. I’ll see how I feel [Saturday], and I should be out there giving it all I got [against the Eagles].”

Garçon has been battling a plantar plate tear in his right foot since the season opener in New Orleans. In recent weeks, the 26-year-old acknowledged that season-ending surgery was an option he had considered. But now it seems as though he’s decided to give it another try – even if it means playing at less than 100-percent.

“It sucks. It’s frustrating,” Garçon said of playing hurt. “But at some point you just got to go out there and play. You want to be 100 percent ... but you just have to do everything you can to beat your defender at [less than] 100 percent.”

The last time Garçon attempted to play was Oct. 14th against the Vikings. But after members of the coaching staff monitored Garçon’s warmup, Shanahan decided to scratch him from the lineup. He has not played since in the hopes that rest would help him get back onto the field and avoid the first surgical procedure of his football career.

Garçon said the decision Sunday again will be made by Shanahan.

“It’s all up to coach,” he said. “I’m always saying that I’m good to play. But [Coach Shanahan] has the final say.”

This will mark the second time Garçon has come back from the injury. But there’s a big difference this time, he said.

“It feels better than when came back against Tampa and Atlanta,” Garçon added. “There’s different ways of getting off the line.”

Asked why he feels its important to return, Garçon said: “I like playing football. I never really had an injury this long. Not playing makes me bored, sitting around the house, doing nothing and making the days longer. I love seeing the guys and trying to accomplish something together.”

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Need to Know: Why can't the Redskins sign Garcon and Jackson?

Need to Know: Why can't the Redskins sign Garcon and Jackson?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 22, 15 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

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Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 7
—NFL Combine (3/2) 8
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 54
—NFL Draft (4/27) 64
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 200

Why not both Garçon and DJax?

Today's question is from my Facebook page. 

Thanks for the good words, Dennis. There are a few reasons why the Redskins are unlikely to bring back both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson and why it’s possible that neither wide receiver will be back for the 2017 season.

One factor is age. Garçon will be 31 early in training camp and Jackson will turn the same age on December 1. While both are in great shape, investing fairly big money (more on that in a moment) in even one aging receiver is risky. Investing it in two is asking for major cap problems in a year or two.

Both receivers will get substantial contracts. In a market that is thin at the position, each player will get three- or four-year deals worth around $10 million per year. While either one could be cut prior to the end of the deal, the contracts likely will be structured so that if they are released after a year or two the team letting the player go will have to absorb an uncomfortable salary cap hit.

Having that much money tied up in two aging players at one position is dicey in and of itself. But a complicating factor here is Jamison Crowder. He is the team’s future at the position. This year he will complete the third year of his rookie deal making him eligible for a contract extension. If he continues to improve he will want something in that $10 million per year neighborhood. He might not get that much but he’ll get at least $8 million.

So, looking at 2018, if they signed both Garçon and Jackson this year and extend Crowder next season the Redskins would have three receivers taking up close to $30 million in cap space. That is too much. The Redskins were second in the league in spending on WR’s last year with “only” $23.5 million. The organization would be squeezed when it came to paying players at other positions.

I’ll hit on one more thing quickly, since I’m going to write a full post about it soon. Assuming the Redskins tag Kirk Cousins, they suddenly don’t have a whole lot of cap space. Their $64 million available would shrink to around $40 million. That’s still a pretty good chunk of money but they also must get 1-2 defensive linemen and perhaps a safety in free agency, and be prepared to handle possible extensions for Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Trent Murphy, and Bashaud Breeland.

They could still squeeze one or both receivers in under the cap this year. That would mean some short-term gain for some long-term (as in the next two or three seasons) pain.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 

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