The NFL is facing a quarterback shortage. A number of teams need both starters and backups and the pool of available signal callers in the draft and in free agency is very thin.
Some are saying that this diminished QB pool is a good reason for the Redskins to trade Kirk Cousins. The laws of supply and demand would say that the team could get a high return for Cousins, who has showed signs of being a capable starter and solid backup options.
But according to multiple reports, the Redskins intend to keep him as the backup to Robert Griffin III with the possibility that he could take on a greater role should Griffin get injured or should his play not be up to par.
You don’t have to dig too deep to find the reasoning behind this decision. A reliable backup is needed for Griffin, who missed games due to injuries in 2012 and last year. If they were to part with Cousins they could have a difficult time securing a backup.
It does not appear that Colt McCoy is going to return to be an alternative to Griffin or Cousins. He started four games for the Redskins, one after Jay Gruden benched Cousins and three after Gruden decided that Griffin needed to sit.
But Gruden won’t have McCoy to turn to, at least not according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. He tweeted “Colt McCoy likely elsewhere” after saying it looks like Cousins is staying put.
McCoy is slated to be an unrestricted free agent. Although his arm strength is not ideal for an NFL quarterback he can get you by for a few games. But Scot McCloughan is not interested in bringing him into the mix. Perhaps he would rather have Griffin and Cousins go man to man. They are both going into the final years of their contracts and the team has to make decisions on both of them. McCoy could muddy the waters, taking snaps that are needed to determine if the team has a long-range solution at the most important position on the field.
McCoy is unlikely to be that long-term solution so the Redskins will move on, at least for now. Nothing is set in stone some six months prior to the start of the season.
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 28, 30 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 20
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 45
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 57
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 109
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 157
Tuesday three and out
1. Maybe Bruce Allen and the Redskins have a master plan for saving the whole Kirk Cousins situation but right now it just looks like they’re stuck without a solution to paying $24 million to a quarterback who likely will be gone in a year. That’s money that could either be rolled over into future seasons if Cousins gets traded or used as a down payment on a long-term Cousins deal. Maybe there’s a master plan there somewhere but right now it looks an awful lot like the organization is just stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its toe while trying to find the light switch.
2. WR Brian Quick will cost the Redskins less against the salary cap than they are paying him. That’s because his contract takes advantage of the minimum salary benefit. He gets the sixth-year minimum salary of $775,000 plus an $85,000 signing bonus, a total of $860,000. Because of the minimum salary and low signing bonus the CBA rules allow the team to essentially discount the cap hit for the contract down to $695,000. The rule is designed so that younger players are necessarily cheaper, at least when it comes to the salary cap.
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3. Allen hinted that the Redskins won’t necessarily hire a general manager after the draft. While talking to colleague JP Finlay he said, “We’ll talk about what we need after the draft from a staffing standpoint.” Not “we’ll search high and low for the best GM in the business” but that needs will be examined. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
And out—Allen didn’t have much to say when JP asked about the stadium project that was a hot topic a year or so ago, only confirming that talks are ongoing. The fact that he had so little to say, not even some platitudes about the desire to build a great environment for the fans. Reading between the lines, this makes me think that a deal is getting close and the less that is said about it at this point the better. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will be term limited out of office next January and the feeling is that he will want to leave a Redskins stadium deal as his legacy.
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When it comes to incorrectly identifying the names of social media platforms, Bill Belichick is the standard-bearer and industry leader. Examples of terms recently uttered by the head coach include gems like "MyFace" and "Yearbook," as the football icon has demonstrated he's somewhat aware of the sites and apps yet doesn't really care about them.
Bruce Allen, though, may have just laid claim to Belichick's crown. In a 1-on-1 interview with CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, Allen discussed how he's not involved at all on social media and then proceeded to give Snapchat a glorious new name.
"I don't get to pay attention to everything," Allen told Finlay when asked if the team president keeps up with the constant rumors surrounding Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.
"You're not on Twitter all the time?" Finlay interjected.
"No, I don't have Twitter," Allen answered, laughing, "and I'm not on Snapper-chapper or whatever it's called."
Allen was in the neighborhood by starting off with "Snap," but the rest of his attempt showed he's not exactly on the right street. Fortunately, unlike Belichick, Jay Gruden has gotten Snapchat's name right in the past, and could likely help Allen get used to the app if Allen ever decides to start using it.
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