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Jets taking safe-ty approach with Landry

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Jets taking safe-ty approach with Landry

As unit previews and positional analysis start pouringin preparation of Redskins training camp, one truth will become oh so clear, if it's not alreadt: the safeties are the shakiest bunch on the roster. That's why no matter how much every reporter, blogger and fan focuses on all things burgundy and gold, attention will be paid to the goings on in Cortland, New York.That is where the Jets summer, training camp wise that is. It's where LaRon Landry is working his way back from an Achilles injury that essentially turned him into ex-Redskins safety LaRon Landry. The Jets announced Monday that the insanely muscular 27-year-old has been place on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list as they prep for the start of camp, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Previously Landry sat out the Jets various practice sessions with the injury, one that kept him off the field for half of the 2011 season. Landry missed 15 games over the past two seasons in Washington, but continues to claim he'll be ready for the 2012 campaign.While the Redskins went all in on a certain young quarterback and spent serious coin on some intriguing receivers, they went with a patchwork approach at safety. Veteran free agents castoffs Brandon Meriweather, Tanard Jackson and Madieu Williams not only joined the fray, they form the nucleus of the unit along with holdover Reed Doughty and rising second-year player DeJon Gomes.Moving on from Landry, hard to quibble with that call. How the Redskins chose to replace him, a different story. That tale could involve some serious revisionist history should the ex-Redskin shine as a Jet. Of course, he first must get on the field.

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If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

It still seems like a long-shot the Redskins trade Kirk Cousins, but if there is one persistent rumor, it's that the San Francisco 49ers want the Washington passer. The story is too familiar at this point: New Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was in D.C. when Cousins was drafted and wants the quarterback to come run his offense in San Francisco. With the second overall pick, the 49ers have a tremendous asset they can dangle in trade talks.

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Whether or not any of this rumor is true, it sure makes for engrossing speculation. With the NFL Draft Combine next week in Indianapolis, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he wouldn't be shocked to see the trade go down.

That's the backdrop. Beyond the debate of the merits of trading an established QB like Cousins, which is a very serious debate, there's also the notion of what player the 'Skins would select with the second overall pick.  

It's worth examining the impact players available to Washington with the second selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the options are varied, including perhaps a new QB. Check it out. 

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Washington Redskins' 2017 cap is top heavy—is that a problem?

Washington Redskins' 2017 cap is top heavy—is that a problem?

It seems almost inevitable that the Redskins will put the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins between now and the March 1 deadline. This will set the Redskins up to have a very top heavy salary cap structure.

As the website Spotrac noted yesterday, if the Redskins do tag Cousins, giving him a cap hit of $24.9 million, he, Josh Norman ($20 million cap number) and Trent Williams ($15.1 million) will account for a total of $59 million against the cap or 35 percent of the estimated $168 million cap for the 2017 season.

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That’s a lot of money to go to 5.6 percent of the players on the roster. To compare, the top three players on the Cowboys’ cap account for 34.2 percent of the cap. The top three with the Giants take up 29.7 percent and in Philadelphia it’s 17.8 percent. In fact, a check around the league shows that none of the 2016 AFC or NFC playoff teams has a higher percentage of their cap expended on its top three than the Redskins have on theirs.

This caused some consternation among Redskins fans and while it’s something to keep an eye on it does not present a big issue for the team at this time.

For one thing, the Redskins still have a good amount of cap room. If you assume the Cousins tag, they still will have about $40 million in cap space with the ability to create perhaps $10 million more by releasing some veterans and/or redoing some contracts.

Also, it’s a temporary situation. Let’s say that the Redskins hang on to Cousins with a long-term deal and he has a $22 million cap number in 2018. If that the case then Cousins, Norman ($17 million), and Williams ($13.9 million) would still be the top three players on the cap number list and they would total $52 million.  On a cap that is projected to be $178 million that would be 29.2 percent of the total. That’s still on the high side but certainly manageable.

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And if you are going to have three players taking up a high percentage of the cap they should be your quarterback, left tackle, and No. 1 cornerback. Those, along with an edge rusher, are the most important players on the team and it’s appropriate to have them among you highest-paid players.

Still, the Redskins must be careful. Signing another free agent with a cap hit like Norman’s is out of the question. And as key contributors like Morgan Moses, Trent Murphy, Jamison Crowder, and Brandon Scherff become eligible for contract extensions or for free agency over the next couple of years, the organization needs to be sure that there is room to retain their own players when the time comes.

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