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Buzz building on Cutler to Skins

Buzz building on Cutler to Skins

It appears that there is a raging inferno of fire underneath all of the Jay Cutler to the Washington Redskins smoke that's billowing around the Beltway and beyond.

Of course, John Keim of the Examiner first reported that the Redskins were interested in Cutler on March 18. Vinny Cerrato and Jim Zorn both issued carefully-parsed denials. Keim stuck by his story while other media outlets reported the lack of interest expressed by the team.

Tonight, less than 24 hours after the Broncos announced that Cutler is indeed on the trading block, the Redskins are widely considered to be one of the front runners to obtain the Pro Bowl quarterback. I'm seeing a crawl on ESPN News stating that an NFL source is saying that the Redskins are "actively pursuing" a trade for Cutler. I don't know if Jason LaCanfora is talking to the same guy, but he also quotes an NFL source in saying that the Skins are actively in the Cutler sweepstakes.

The most interesting part of the Post story was this one line:

The Redskins declined comment.

There was no denial, not even a non-denial denial. Throw another log on that fire.

The scary part (if you are one of those who values future draft picks) is this:

One source said the Redskins are trying to complete the deal as quickly as possible. . .

If you want to buy a certain house as quickly as possible, you offer more than the asking price. If you're Dan Snyder and you want to get to yes in a hurry, you throw out $100 million contracts for defensive linemen or, in this case, thousands of draft chart value points in picks.

Cap not a deterrent

The relatively small amount of salary cap space that the Redskins have is in no way a deterrent to a Cutler trade. Cutler is signed for the next three years and his '09 salary is just over $1 million. In fact, assuming that Jason Campbell leaves as part of a deal, the Redskins actually will save a bit of money as Campbell's salary is around $1.4 million.

There is a $12 million roster bonus due in the last year of the deal so if there still is a salary cap it would behoove the Redskins to get something done before 2011 should they become Cutler's employers.

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 


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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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