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Griffin returns from bye rejuvenated


Griffin returns from bye rejuvenated

Robert Griffin III used the bye week to clear his mind and, as a result, says he returned to Redskins Park rejuvenated and eager to begin the stretch run. 

The rookie left the area for a few days but wouldn’t share where he visited.

“I didn’t go back to Texas,” he said. “I just tried to get away from the familiar, so I went away.”

Wherever Griffin vacationed, it provided him with a mental break from the “grind” of the NFL's 17-week regular season and the Redskins’ season threatening three-game losing streak. Griffin also said the rib injury he sustained in the loss to the Panthers no longer is a concern. 

“You just try to make sure you clear your head and don’t get frustrated with anything,” said Griffin, who was voted a team captain on Wednesday. “You continue to do what you did to get to get to this point, whether it’s technique, film work, just trying to approach every practice like it’s your last practice. Those are the things I tried to do: clear my head, make sure I came back even hungrier, and I think I have.”

The five-day break, Griffin acknowledged, came at the right time for a rookie who's still adapting to the more demanding pro football schedule.

“For a lot of the rookies, it’s been a long journey thus far,” Griffin said. “I think everybody needed that week to just get away. We wanted to go into the bye week with a win. [But] we didn’t.”

“A lot of guys went out and probably had to do some soul searching just to find themselves and come back hungry," the quarterback said.

Asked what a hungrier Robert Griffin “looks like,” the quarterback joked, “I’m really hungry right now talking to you guys.”

A reporter shot back, “Subway?” making reference to the sandwich shop Griffin endorses.

“Eat fresh,” he cracked.

“It’s just the attitude you bring,” Griffin added, turning serious again. “Whenever you do get away for a week, I thought I was hungry before the bye week. Then you come back and you realize just how much more energy you have with that week off.”

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Need to Know: Why can't the Redskins sign Garcon and Jackson?

Need to Know: Why can't the Redskins sign Garcon and Jackson?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 22, 15 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  


Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 7
—NFL Combine (3/2) 8
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 54
—NFL Draft (4/27) 64
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 200

Why not both Garçon and DJax?

Today's question is from my Facebook page. 

Thanks for the good words, Dennis. There are a few reasons why the Redskins are unlikely to bring back both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson and why it’s possible that neither wide receiver will be back for the 2017 season.

One factor is age. Garçon will be 31 early in training camp and Jackson will turn the same age on December 1. While both are in great shape, investing fairly big money (more on that in a moment) in even one aging receiver is risky. Investing it in two is asking for major cap problems in a year or two.

Both receivers will get substantial contracts. In a market that is thin at the position, each player will get three- or four-year deals worth around $10 million per year. While either one could be cut prior to the end of the deal, the contracts likely will be structured so that if they are released after a year or two the team letting the player go will have to absorb an uncomfortable salary cap hit.

Having that much money tied up in two aging players at one position is dicey in and of itself. But a complicating factor here is Jamison Crowder. He is the team’s future at the position. This year he will complete the third year of his rookie deal making him eligible for a contract extension. If he continues to improve he will want something in that $10 million per year neighborhood. He might not get that much but he’ll get at least $8 million.

So, looking at 2018, if they signed both Garçon and Jackson this year and extend Crowder next season the Redskins would have three receivers taking up close to $30 million in cap space. That is too much. The Redskins were second in the league in spending on WR’s last year with “only” $23.5 million. The organization would be squeezed when it came to paying players at other positions.

I’ll hit on one more thing quickly, since I’m going to write a full post about it soon. Assuming the Redskins tag Kirk Cousins, they suddenly don’t have a whole lot of cap space. Their $64 million available would shrink to around $40 million. That’s still a pretty good chunk of money but they also must get 1-2 defensive linemen and perhaps a safety in free agency, and be prepared to handle possible extensions for Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Trent Murphy, and Bashaud Breeland.

They could still squeeze one or both receivers in under the cap this year. That would mean some short-term gain for some long-term (as in the next two or three seasons) gain.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 


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