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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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Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

RICHMOND - Everything seemed cool at the Bon Secours training facility when Jay Gruden left the podium on Wednesday, but that quickly changed when the Redskins released their  Physically Unable to Perform list a few hours later. Jordan Reed landing on the PUP list was an unexpected bomber, a big deal even if the star tight end returns to the field quickly.

On Thursday, the Redskins will take to the field for their first day of training camp. There will be plenty of questions:

  1. When and why? Reed on the PUP list for the first day of camp does not mean Redskins fans should panic, but it also doesn't mean there isn't reason for alarm. Reed has a distinct injury history and it seems the team is being smart trying to handle an injury rather than let it linger. The Washington offense is at its best with Reed on the field. Jay Gruden will be asked about Reed a lot in his Thursday press conference; perhaps their will be some clarity.
  2. D-Line questions - Rookie Jonathan Allen should immediately help the 'Skins up front defensively, but beyond that, there are no sure things in the trenches. The Redskins added Stacy McGee from the Raiders and Terrell McClain from the Cowboys in free agency, and both are expected to have a significant role right away. Those guys have had productive flashes in their past, but injuries have been an issue. The Redskins need them to be good, and healthy, right away.
  3. Time to shine - Josh Doctson hardly had a rookie season as he dealt with Achilles injuries. He played just two games in 2016. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon gone, the Redskins need last year's first-round draft pick to produce in 2017. A strong training camp, develping chemistry with Kirk Cousins, could help calm fears about the revamped 'Skins offense. 

Stay with CSN all day for updates from the Redskins first training camp practice of the 2017 season. Football is finally here.


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Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

RICHMOND—Redskins fans got into a panic when the news that Jordan Reed will start the season on the PUP list with a sprained big toe. But the injury is no cause for great concern. At least not for now.

It’s not that Reed isn’t an important cog in the offense. Of course he is. He was No. 2 in our ranking of the Redskins who will have the most impact in 2017. But there is every indication that the move is precautionary. History indicates that toe injuries tend to linger. Similar to hamstring injuries, the best path often is to rest and rehab until the pain is gone and then rest and rehab a little while longer. That minimizes the chances of the injury coming back.

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The irony here is that Reed did not go to OTAs in order to work on conditioning in Miami. Most areas of his body probably are bullet proof. But there is not a lot you can do to prevent a toe injury; it’s just not one of those areas of the body you can fortify with conditioning.

We don’t yet have a timetable for Reed’s return. They will not be in any hurry. Reed knows the offense and he has good timing and rapport with Kirk Cousins. After missing OTAs he came in a dominated the two-day minicamp. The Redskins could choose to have him work on rehab and conditioning until the third preseason game one month from today. They can let him get a little tune up against the Bengals and then put him back in bubble wrap until they open the season against the Eagles on September 10.

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That sounds like a good plan but there is always the possibility of a relapse. These injuries are tricky. And while it’s too soon to panic, some great concern would be warranted if Reed still is on PUP in a month.

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