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Goodell says Hall decision coming soon

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Goodell says Hall decision coming soon

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the league is weighing punishment for Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall after his profanity-laced outburst directed at an official Sunday.

“Our football operations staff are looking at that,” Goodell told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM Blitz on Wednesday afternoon. “I got a briefing this morning on it. They’re going through the process of evaluating, getting all of the information, and they’ll be making a decision on that either today or tomorrow, I believe.”

Asked what he thought of Hall’s verbal assault on head linesman Dana Mckenzie, Goodell said there’s no room in the game for disrespecting officials. On Tuesday, Hall defended himself on the Lavar and Dukes show on 106.7, saying Mckenzie was “equally at fault” and was “dishing” out comments during the confrontation.

“That’s the point of our rules here, Adam,” Goodell said. “There’s respect for people who are playing the game, coaching the game and officiating the game. It’s critical that we have that. It’s not only respect for the game and the people who are involved, but also sportsmanship. We want to make sure that we maintain that. That’s not what football is about.”

Goodell added:  “We’re not suggesting that everyone is going to agree with every officiating call on the field. But there’s a way to do that. And there’s a way not to do it. We have very strong rules in this area and we’re going to enforce them aggressively.”

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True or False: Terrelle Pryor will be Redskins leading receiver

True or False: Terrelle Pryor will be Redskins leading receiver

After losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon via free agency, the Redskins signed Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal. Washington hopes Pryor can offset at least half of the loss from Jackson and Garçon, but the team and player likely want even more production.

True or false: Terrelle Pryor will lead the Redskins in receiving yards.

JP Finlay: True

Terrelle Pryor posted impressive stats last season in Cleveland, but they're also tough to project from for the 2017 season. Clearly the best wideout among the Browns options, Pryor was thrown to more than 140 times en route to his 77 catch, 1,007-yard season. 

Considering he caught about half of the balls thrown his way, he might not be the elite receiver many are expecting. On the flip side, considering he caught even half the balls the terrible Browns QBs were throwing, he could be poised for an explosion in the Redskins mature offensive scheme run by Kirk Cousins. 

The hardest part of locking in Pryor as the Redskins leading pass catcher in 2017 will be the internal competition he's going to face. Jamison Crowder looks poised for his first 1,000-yard season after getting 847 yards in 2016. 

Jordan Reed certainly has the talent to lead the Redskins in receiving yards. His issue is health. Over the last two seasons, Reed has missed four games, but chatter around the team suggests Reed may line up more in the slot this year to try and limit some of the physicality playing on the line of scrimmage. 

For me, this is a two horse race. Crowder will start fast, like he did in 2016, especially considering Cousins already has a ton of trust and familiarity with Crowder. Through the first nine games of last season, Crowder posted 535 receiving yards. Something similar would not be a surprise, but Crowder's last four games of 2016 he had just nine catches for 80 yards. 

Eventually though, when defenses start to key on Crowder, Pryor will get his chances. Maybe not as many as he got in Cleveland, but better opportunities in a better offense. 

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Rich Tandler: False

I liked the Pryor signing but I’m not as bullish on his prospects as Finlay and some others are.

For one thing, it sounds great to be a “1,000-yard receiver” but that’s not exactly a singular accomplishment. Last year 21 other receivers gained more yards receiving than Pryor.

Yes, he deserves some extra credit because it was his first year as a full-time receiver. But something tells me that if Pryor had signed with, say, the Eagles, Redskins fans would be saying that now that other teams have a season of film on him they will figure out to stop him.

But the other thing about his 2016 season was that the Browns quarterbacks (yes, all five of them) had no other viable targets at wide receiver. Quarterbacks threw to him 140 times, almost twice as often as the next Browns wide receiver. Rookie Corey Coleman was second among the team’s receivers with 73 targets and 413 yards and Andrew Hawkins had 324 yards. They did have TE Gary Barnidge, who had 612 yards. Still, that wasn’t exactly a target-rich environment for RG3, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, and company.

The situation is different in Washington. As JP noted, Crowder and Reed are both capable of 1,000-yard seasons. Given the trust that Kirk Cousins has in both of them, I think that Crowder definitely will get targeted more often than Pryor and Reed will be if he stays on the field. I think that while Pryor will be a strong contributor, the chances are that one of the holdovers will lead the team in receiving yards.

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Redskins Playbook: Consensus builds around Kirk Cousins contract, and it isn't good

Redskins Playbook: Consensus builds around Kirk Cousins contract, and it isn't good

If you've read this website, or this column, you know the likelihood of the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins before July 17th seems like a long shot. Still, some optimism exists that Washington will pony up the mega-cash required to keep Cousins.

Evidence to the contrary continues to mount. Last week former Redskins GM Charley Casserly explained the numbers required for Cousins' representatives to truly consider signing would be so staggering that he doesn't "see any way a deal gets done." (See full video above).

Well, here are a few more voices echoing Casserly's position.

  • Albert Breer, MMQB: "If Kirk Cousins does a deal now? He’d be walking away from one of three scenarios. The first would be playing on the tag this year and the transition tag next, which would set his earning floor at about $52 million over the next two years, with a chance to test his market value next March. The second would have him franchised twice, setting the floor at $58 million over the next two years, with a chance to be a free agent in 2019 at age 30. The third is $24 million and unfettered free agency next year."
  • Joel Corry, CBS Sports: "Cousins is in an enviable position. It's conceivable that he could do significantly better than this if he hit the open market in 2018, because there are more NFL teams than good quarterbacks."
  • Steve Czaban, ESPN980: "I don’t think the David Carr signing does anything really to help or hurt the chances Kirk signs a new long term deal by July 17. I thought those chances were only about 5 percent before this new QB salary 'data point' and it was a 'courtesy' 5 percent anyway, filed under: 'Well… you never know.'"

There's more of this out there, just look for it. And more of this will pile up over the next few weeks, right up until the point where Cousins does not agree to a new deal with the Redskins and enters 2017 on yet another one-year contract.

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The hard truth remains that from a purely financial standpoint it makes very little sense for Cousins to sign a multi-year deal unless it is simply overwhelming with guaranteed cash. The Redskins would almost need to go full Vito Corleone 'offer you can't refuse' to sign Cousins. 

It's also possible Cousins will realize the money is already staggering and that the situation in Washington is strong. The franchise appears to already be headed in this direction. Doug Williams talked on NFL Network about the need to 'look at the big picture.' In Jay Gruden's offense, Cousins has excelled, and the team has a strong offensive line with solid skill position weapons. 

Breer also touched on that theory, explaining that maybe the Redskins situation isn't that rosy: "And if you’re Cousins, and you know Kyle Shanahan and the Niners would be out there for you, and you’ve got a new offensive coordinator, and you lost your two starting receivers, and your organization just flipped things around in its front office, the idea of waiting would have benefits beyond just the economics, too."

The evidence slants hard one direction when considering if Cousins will agree to a long-term deal with Cousins. It doesn't look good. 

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