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Need to Know: With Cousins' future uncertain, should the Redskins take a QB in the first round?

Need to Know: With Cousins' future uncertain, should the Redskins take a QB in the first round?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 3, 6 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 45
—NFL Draft (4/27) 55
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 134
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 191

A quarterback in the first round?

The Redskins made an initial contract offer to Kirk Cousins and it appears that they have a long way to go before will be able to get a deal done. In fact, they need to be prepared for the possibility that they won’t get a deal done and he will be gone in 2018. Life without Kirk Cousins may become a reality.

One NFL analyst thinks that the Redskins may begin to prepare for the possible departure of Cousins when the draft comes around. In fact, he thinks that they will do so very early in the April 27 draft.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has just posted a mock draft. With the No. 17 pick he has the Redskins taking North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. His comment:

“If the Redskins can't get Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal, they could opt to take a young QB to serve as an apprentice until he is ready for the starting job in 2018.”

Let’s set aside the choice of QB for a moment. It’s a pretty simple concept, right? Instead of waiting until your quarterback is gone, you prepare for the inevitable by drafting your 2018 starter and giving him a season under his belt in 2017.

You could argue that the team has a lot of needs and that one of those should be address rather than taking a player who may not take a snap in 2017. Last year they took Josh Doctson in the first round and the wide receiver played in just two games and was shut down due to a persistent Achilles issue. Having a scenario where the first-round pick contributes little for a second straight year would hamper the team’s progress.

But if you don’t have a quarterback you don’t have anything. If the Redskins have a chance get someone who they believe can be a quality starter they almost have to take it.

If they do go in that direction, is Trubisky the right guy? He had an impressive 2016 season, completing 68 percent of his passes with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He looks the part, and the official measurements at the combine proved that he is actually 6-2. But last year was his only season as a starter so there isn’t not a lot to go on.

The name, however, is not important. You could fill in Deshaun Watson or DeShone Kizer or another quarterback you think is better and it’s the same idea.

I’m not saying that the will draft a quarterback in the first round. But if negotiations with Cousins aren’t going well when the draft rolls around they should seriously consider it.

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Jay Gruden opens training camp with Kirk Cousins name joke

Jay Gruden opens training camp with Kirk Cousins name joke

On Wednesday afternoon, Jay Gruden took to the podium in Richmond, Va. to officially open the start of the Washington Redskins' training camp.

The head coach when through the particulars: injuries, conditioning, what he's expecting, etc.

But as Gruden is to do from time to time, he fired off a great zinger.

When asked by a media member about Kirk Cousins' one-year deal, Gruden asked for clarification.

"Kirk or Kurt? Kirk with a K?," he quipped in reference to the kerfuffle regarding Bruce Allen's pronunciation of Cousins' first name.

WATCH THE ENTIRE CLIP IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE

Gruden is a funny guy, a lot funnier than he propbably gets credit for.

Lets hope this continues, because recurring jokes are the best.

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A possible trade destination for Redskins RB Matt Jones?

A possible trade destination for Redskins RB Matt Jones?

RICHMOND—The Redskins reportedly have been looking to trade running back Matt Jones since just before the draft. They may be able to find a partner just up I-95.

The Baltimore Ravens are in need of a running back after Kenneth Dixon suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this week. Terrance West, who gained 774 yards on the ground last year, is healthy and returning but the Ravens want more depth at the position.

That is where Jones could come into play. The 2015 third-round pick of the Redskins was the unquestioned starter going into last season. But fumbling and other issues prompted Jay Gruden to make him inactive the last nine games of the season. Jones further fell out of favor by skipping OTAs this year, a move he made on the advice of his now-former agent.

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Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said last year that he liked Jones “a lot” in the 2015 draft and he could well still be intrigued by his size and speed. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said that Jones could be a good fit for the Ravens in their current situation.

It should be noted that Hensley seems to be engaging in informed speculation and not relaying anything he heard from the team’s decision makers. He also speaks of the possibility of Baltimore picking up Jones after the Redskins release him.

But there could be some incentive for the Ravens to talk trade with the Redskins rather than waiting for Jones to hit the waiver wire. For one thing, getting their new back in sooner rather than later would benefit the Ravens, allowing the player to get acclimated to his new quarterback and offensive line. While the Redskins are inevitably going to cut Jones, they have no incentive to do so before the final cuts just before the start of the season. Perhaps the Ravens will want to give up some minor compensation, something like a swap of sixth- and seventh-round picks, to get Jones in for the start of training camp.

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Hensley also mentions the possibility that the Ravens will look at former Redskin Alfred Morris for depth at running back. He currently is buried on the Cowboys’ depth chart behind All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden. However, there is the possibility of a domestic-violence suspension on the horizon for Elliott. While the suspension is likely to be brief the Cowboys probably don’t want to depart with any running back depth until the matter has been settled.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.