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Campbell likely to remain a Redskin thorough 2010

Campbell likely to remain a Redskin thorough 2010

It's becoming likely that Campbell will remain beyond 2009

Jason Campbell may not have the opportunity to bolt from the Redskins should he have a big 2009 season after all.

The fact that Campbell's contract runs out after this year is one of the story lines that has wound its way through the offseason and right up until now. This would set up a nightmare scenario for the Redskins and their fans. If he catches on in his second year in Jim Zorn's system and has a big year he will be a hot commodity. His rookie contract is up. Under the current rules he would be an unrestricted free agent.

And there are many who think that if that happens, Campbell would take a look at what happened this past offseason with team lusting after other quarterbacks and extend a middle finger, perhaps two, to any contract offer that the Redskins may put on the table and put Redskins Park forever in his rear view mirror. That would leave the Redskins—again—starting from scratch at quarterback.

However, it looks more and more like Campbell will not be an unrestricted free agent in 2010.

The head of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, has told players to prepare for a lockout in 2011. Ethan Albright, the Redskins player representative to the union, has cautioned players to save up some money to get ready for labor war.

All of that is two years away and there is plenty of time to fret over it. The more immediate impact of an impending labor situation comes at the end of this season. If there is no new agreement there will be no salary cap in 2010.

That may or may not be the bonanza for players that it seems to be at first glance. Among the poison pills that would drop in 2010 should there be no cap is a change that will require six years of NFL service to be an unrestricted free agent instead of the current four.

At the end of this season Campbell will have five seasons under his belt. Although his contract will be up he will be a restricted free agent. That means that if he gets an offer from another team the Redskins will have the opportunity to match it. If they choose not to match they will receive draft picks as compensation. That would be based on how much they offer Campbell in a one-year deal but it likely would be at least a first-round pick.

In short, he will remain under the Redskins' control. In the past another team could construct an offer that would be very difficult for the Redskins to match since they're always pressed up against the salary cap. But, under this scenario, there would be no cap and it's difficult to imagine Dan Snyder not finding a way to match if the team wants to keep him.

This still is an important year for Campbell. He's going into his fifth season and if he is going to establish himself as a solid quarterback this is the year. And the Redskins still will have to make some important decisions involving Campbell come next February.

But, given the labor situation, the chances of the Redskins' nightmare scenario with Campbell having a breakout year and then packing up the moving van and letting another team reap what the Redskins took so long to sow.

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You probably don't realize how effective Kirk Cousins is as a runner

You probably don't realize how effective Kirk Cousins is as a runner

Back at the 2012 NFL Combine, Kirk Cousins ran his 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds.

Now, as far as QB 40-yard dashes go, that's not a bad number at all, but it's definitely not blazing, either. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, for example, ran his in 4.77 seconds that same year (while weighing 84 pounds heavier than the Michigan State signal caller), and 13 out of the 20 passers invited to the event topped Cousins' time.

That, plus the facts that Cousins isn't physically imposing and he clearly prefers to operate within the safe confines of the pocket, would lead you to believe that he's not much of a threat as a runner. But a stat — and this stat is far from an advanced one or a hidden one — indicates otherwise.


Over the last two seasons, Cousins has the third-most rushing touchdowns amongst quarterbacks. Cam Newton has 15 (not surprising), Tyrod Taylor checks in with 10 (also not surprising), and then there's Cousins, who rushed for nine scores in 2015 and 2016, which is good enough for a bronze medal on this particular podium (that's quite surprising).

Washington's starter has actually found the end zone with his legs more than peers like Andy Dalton (7), Alex Smith (7) and Aaron Rodgers (5) since taking over the primary gig in D.C., and all of those guys have reputations as runners that exceed Cousins'.

In fact, no one on the Burgundy and Gold has crossed the goal line as a ball-carrier more than the 28-year-old in the past 32 contests; Rob Kelley and Matt Jones are both three short of the man who lines up in front of them on Sundays.

Of course, Cousins isn't going to flatten defenders like Newton does, and he won't run around them like Taylor does. He also won't rip off big-gainers down the sideline when opposing team turns their back on him in man coverage.

But as the following highlights show, he hasn't just cashed in on one-yard sneaks the last couple of seasons, either:

All three of those plays were designed runs, and Cousins, while not exactly resembling Madden 2004 Michael Vickexecuted them perfectly. He doesn't really rack up yards — the numbers vary depending on which site you use, but the consensus is he's picked up about 150 total since 2015 — but Jay Gruden and Co. have developed a tremendous feel of when to use Cousins' feet instead of his arm in the red zone.

Sure, he's not going to show up on your Twitter timeline juking out a corner, and he won't scamper for much more than 10 yards at a time. But in a few games in 2017, Kirk Cousins is going to finish a drive with an impressive touchdown run instead of a throw, and that might shock you — even though it really shouldn't.


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins talk, back end of D

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins talk, back end of D

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 22, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 202 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 50 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 19
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 28
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 42

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics from the past week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com.

What would a fair Redskins contract offer to Kirk Cousins look like?  As it turns out, the offer the Redskins made fell below “fair” territory. But perhaps they recognized that a deal never was going to get done, not this year anyway. Cousins is content to see things unfold in 2017 and decide on a longer-term destination next year. So, the team’s offer was not high enough but there really wasn’t an offer that was going to be sufficient.

Cousins explains why he's not offended by Redskins statement—Bruce Allen raised plenty of eyebrows by detailing some of the team’s contract offer in a statement. Clearly the intent of the statement, which revealed some details that weren’t very impressive under closer inspection, was designed to turn public opinion in their favor. Cousins, appearing on the radio the next day, didn’t have a problem with it and said that Allen had told him that he would do it. As expected, plenty of fans and media types decided to be outraged in his place.

Redskins have plenty of 2018 cap room for possible Kirk Cousins offer—With the focus turning to 2018, the fact that the team will have about $60 million in cap space becomes relevant. It’s enough to give him the $35 million franchise tag and perhaps enough to match a front-loaded offer sheet if the Redskins use the transition tag. But the cautionary word is that they have at least a dozen starters and key contributors who also are set to be free agents next year. They will have to find money for them or their replacements somewhere.

Redskins depth chart preview--Safety—Cousins talk dominated the week but other topics did draw plenty of interest. The back end of the defense, with Su’a Cravens converting from linebacker and free agent D. J. Swearinger moving from being mostly a strong safety to playing free, will be under the microscope this year. Whether the defense gets better may hinge on the safety position. 

11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense—Does Trent Williams make the All-Pro team? How many yards for Rob Kelley? One prediction for each projected offensive starter here including how many non-receiving touchdowns for Jamison Crowder.

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