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Does Snyder Hold the Key?

Does Snyder Hold the Key?

Does Snyder Hold the Key?

As the CBA impasse ticks down to the last minutes of the last hour, it appears that the owner of the team with the most to lose in 2006 is the pivot point in the negotiations.

The Redskins are facing some very painful decisions in order to get under the league-mandated salary cap if there is no new CBA with the players association by midnight on Thursday. It appears that Redskins owner Dan Snyder is willing to forgo a considerable amount of money, perhaps as much as a billion dollars, in order to avert such a scenario.

According to a report by Dave Elfin in Wednesday morning’s Washington Times, Redskins owner Dan Snyder is willing to change his position on NFL revenue sharing in order to get a CBA extension done. Since Snyder and eight to ten other owners of high-revenue NFL teams have been steadfastly opposed to sharing a significant portion of local revenues with the rest of the teams in the league, that would mean that Snyder has pushed some more of his own chips into the pot in this high-stakes poker game.

These are high-roller chips, no doubt about it. We don’t know the kind of money being talked about here, but we can take an educated guess. Just to use a round number, let’s say that we’re talking about Snyder giving up 10% of the team’s revenue to go into a pot. According to Forbes, that would be about $28 million per year. Even if revenues are static, which they won’t, and Snyder owns the team for another 25 years, which is probably on the low end, he will be giving up $700 million. It’s easy to see revenue increases pushing that figure over the $1 billion mark.

That’s a billion, with a “b”. You have to look long and hard to find a business in any field that is willing to give up that kind of money.

In the Times article it was also reported that Denver owner Pat Bowlen was also among the higher-revenue owners willing to give up local revenues in order to get a deal done. His team also is faced with the need to make some salary cap choices if there is no new CBA. If Snyder, the king of the hill with the highest revenue in all of professional sports, and Bowlen are willing to share that much cash, it would be very difficult for the other “rich” owners to maintain their positions that the rest of the teams simply need to work harder to generate more revenue.

Will Snyder’s last minute gambit get a deal done? We’ll know in the next 48 hours.

Rich Tandler is the author of The Redskins From A to Z, a unique book that chronicles every game the Redskins played from 1937 through 2001. To get details on the book and to find out how to order, go to http://www.RedskinsGames.com .

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

Robert Griffin III's career resurgence in Cleveland ended following a lackluster 2016 season in which injuries sidelined him for all buy five games.

The Former 2012 Rookie of the Year finished the season 87-of-147 for 886 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being released by the team in March.

But the Redskins' former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is not giving up on his goal.

RGIII will reportedly work out for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Griffin III has spent the offseason working out with former Browns coordinator Pep Hamilton. According to Ian Rapoport, who spoke with Hamilton, RGIII is in very good health and is throwing the ball very well.

The Chargers' quarterback situation is as clear as any on the NFL. Phillip Rivers is the starting quarterback. He has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, and will be the team's starting quarterback until he retires or is traded. And despite Rivers starting every regular-season game for each of the last 11 seasons, the Chargers have no real plan at backup. There's career backup Kellen Clemens and rookies Mike Bercovici (Arizona State) and Eli Jenkins (Jacksonville State). That's it. 

Even if he remains injury riddled, RGIII does that have the tools to bat out backups Clemens, Bercovici and Jenkins.

But for now, it's a step in the right direction for the polarizing former Redskins quarterback.

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

Monday was an unlucky day for Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.

What started with a warrant for his arrest ended with him being released by the Cowboys.

Back on June 22, Whitehead was arrested on charges of petit larceny in Woodbridge The former Osbourn High School (Va.) and Florida Atlantic wide receiver was popped for shoplifting under $200 of merchandise at a local Wawa convenience store.

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An arraignment was scheduled for July 6. Court records indicate that Whitehead did not show up to court, and on Monday, July 24, a warrant for his arrest was issued, the Prince William County police Department confirmed. On Monday afternoon, Whitehead was informed that he was being released, according to Ian Rapoport.

Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that he wasn't even aware that he was wanted in court. 

Whitehead's agent also claimed that the wide receiver wasn't in Virginia at the time of the arrest.

This all comes less than a week after Whitehead's pet dog was kidnapped and held for ransom. Whitehead got the dog back 24 hours later.

The Bealton, Va. native appeared in 15 games last season, hauling in three catches for 48 yards. He also carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards. Whitehead's biggest contribution came in the return game, where he returned 25 punts for 195 yards and 17 kickoffs for 394 yards.

Whitehead signed a 3-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cowboys in 2015 after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.