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Need to Know: How realistic was a Redskins-Cousins contract agreement in 2015?

Need to Know: How realistic was a Redskins-Cousins contract agreement in 2015?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 17, 41 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 31
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 56
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 68
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 120
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 177

Friday three and out

1. A mystery solved.

I get frequent questions about why the Redskins have not had Johnathan Hankins in for a visit or why there hasn’t even been any reported contact with the Giants’ D-lineman. This says there are 10 million reasons why Hankins’ phone hasn’t been ringing with 703 on the caller ID or from any other area code for that matter. Hankins is a good, young player but $10 million a year is just way too much. Perhaps he will get the message at some point and lower his asking price. He could end up going with a one-year contract like Dontari Poe did with the Falcons. That would make it even more difficult for the Redskins to sign him. It’s not so much the money; they could make that work. But if Hankins is going to go with one year in hopes of being able to cash in next year he is unlikely to sign up to be a nose tackle. It’s much harder to generate eye-popping stats the generate big contracts from the zero technique than it is from a defensive tackle spot.

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2. A free agent signing but not the one you’re looking for:

Carter is the prototypical journeyman who will try to make the team as a special teams contributor. It looks like he will be the replacement for Terence Garvin, the linebacker/special teams guy who was here last year and hasn’t been re-signed. Carter, an ex-Steeler like Garvin, has played in 42 NFL games and he has yet to record a sack.

3. I get that everyone is mad because Scot McCloughan wanted to sign Kirk Cousins to a contract extension in 2015 after Cousins was named the starter and Bruce Allen didn’t want to do it. But how realistic is it to think that they could have come to an agreement on a long-term contract at that time? Would they base the value on his 2014 starts, when he was turnover prone and eventually benched and demoted to third string? Or after, say, Week 6 when he was sitting there with six TD’s and eight interceptions and a passer rating of 77.4? There were talks during the bye week after the “you like that!” comeback over the Bucs but nothing materialized. And according to the Breer article by the time December came around the Cousins camp wanted to wait until 2016 to talk.

So they essentially had a window between the bye week and December to get a deal done. The Redskins went 2-2 in that stretch with blowout losses against the Patriots and Panthers. While you couldn’t necessarily blame either loss on Cousins, they weren’t the kinds of performances that made you want to throw a bunch of money at him, either.

If someone can tell me when there was an opportunity there to come up with a contract that offer that would have been either so high as to look like a vast overpay for the team or a big-time lowball from Cousins’ perspective, I’m all ears. The timing just wasn’t right. This doesn’t mean that disagreement over how it should be handled was a good thing and it shows that McCloughan's instincts were right. According to Breer it was the nexus of things falling apart in Ashburn. But thinking that Cousins would be signed for a few more years now if McCloughan had prevailed in 2015 doesn’t really add up.

Out—with a fan question:

This is an easy one on defense—a solid nose tackle. Yesterday morning on 980 Greg Manusky talked about looking at Phil Taylor, Joey Mbu, and A.J. Francis at the position. If those are his choices for Week 1 the defense is in serious trouble.

On offense the answer is less obvious. I’d say it’s a blocking tight end who is, you know, an actual tight end. Ty Nsekhe sure can block as a sixth offensive lineman but having someone who can catch passes as your extra blocker sure does give the defense a lot more to think about. I also think they need a young quarterback in case Cousins departs either this year or next.

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Hundreds of fans line up for Su'a Cravens' jersey giveaway

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Hundreds of fans line up for Su'a Cravens' jersey giveaway

Hundreds of Redskins fans waited in line for hours to get a free Su'a Cravens jersey on Saturday morning. 

Cravens, who's currently on the Redskins' Reserve/Left Squad list, announced earlier in the week that he'd giveaway all of his jerseys to fans for free. 

Here are some of the sights and sounds of the event, courtesy of Redskins Insider JP Finlay: 

There was even a surprise (albeit totally coincidental) apperance from Santana Moss:

Cravens also briefly chatted with the media about the day:

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Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update

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Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update

Here's a look at the updated Week 3 rankings for standard scoring with a few player notes along the way...

Quarterbacks

1.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
4.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
5.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
6.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
7.  Drew Brees, NO
 
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
9.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
10.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
11.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
12.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
13.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
14.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
15.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
16.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
17.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
18.  Alex Smith, KC
 
19.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
20.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
21.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
22.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
23.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
24.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
25.  Joe Flacco, BAL

Notes: Ninth is a touch low for Wilson based on draft status, but one touchdown pass and only 356 yards thru two games doesn't help. Ninth is also still a QB1 and expecting a bounceback if not rock star performance from Wilson against the Titans. ... Vegas put the Raiders-Redskins over/under at 54, the highest in Week 3. That kind of scoring potential is a great reason to use Kirk Cousins. Use is one thing, but I'll wait another week before believing Washington's passing game is trustworthy after what we've seen so far. ...Mariota won't have rookie Corey Davis against a Seahawks' imposing secondary that has allowed one touchdown pass to date.

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
4.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
5.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
6.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
7.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
9.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
10.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
11.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
12.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
 
13.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
14.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
15.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
16.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
17.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
18.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
19.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
20.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
21.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
22.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
23.  Chris Carson, SEA
 
24.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
 
25.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
26.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
27.  Frank Gore, IND
 
28.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
29.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
30.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
31.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
32.  Darren Sproles, PHI
 
33.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
34.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
35.  James White, NE
 
36.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
37.  Chris Johnson, ARI
 
38.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
39.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
40.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
41.  Terrance West, BAL
 
42.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
43.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
44.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
45.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
46.  Paul Perkins, NYG
 
47.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
48.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
49.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
50.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
 
51.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
52.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
53.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
54.  Charles Sims, TB
 
55.  Adrian Peterson, NO
 
56.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
57.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
58.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
 
59.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
60.  Matt Breida, SF
 
61.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
62.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
63.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
64.  Tyler Ervin, HOU
 
65.  C.J. Prosise, SEA
 
66.  Robert Turbin, IND
 
67.  Branden Oliver, LAC
 
68.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
69.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
70.  DeAndre Washington, OAK

Notes: Lynch faces a Redskins defense that couldn't handle Todd Gurley in Week 2 and doesn't have a major threat at nose tackle. Biggest concern for Lynch fans involves how much production Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington siphon from him. ... McCaffrey hasn't completely wowed yet on the NFL level, but decent chance that changes in Week 3 as Carolina compensates for the loss of Greg Olsen against a leaky New Orleans defense. ...The Patriots announced Rex Burkhead is out for Week 3. That should mean more work for James White, who is a borderline RB2 in points-per-reception formats.

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  Mike Evans, TB
 
5.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
6.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
7.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
8.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
9.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
10.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
11.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
12.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
13.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
14.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
15.  Davante Adams, GB
 
16.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
17.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
18.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
19.  Golden Tate, DET
 
20.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
21.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
22.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
23.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
24.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
25.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
26.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
27.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
28.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
29.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
30.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
31.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
32.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
33.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
34.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
35.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
36.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
37.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
38.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
39.  Rashard Higgins, CLE
 
40.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
41.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
42.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
43.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
44.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
45.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
46.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
47.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
48.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
49.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
50.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
51.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
52.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
53.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
54.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
55.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
56.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
57.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
58.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
59.  Brandon Marshall, NYG
 
60.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
61.  Brandon Coleman, NO
 
62.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
63.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
64.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
65.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
66.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
67.  Jordan Matthews, BUF
 
68.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
69.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
70.  Kenny Britt, CLE
 
71.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
72.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
73.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
74.  Chris Conley, KC
 
75.  Russell Shepard, CAR

Notes: J.J. Nelson has six touchdowns in last seven games. Good enough for me. ... Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are in position for good games against a meh Bucs secondary -- except Sam Bradford is out once again.  The Case Keenum drag is real, dropping both receivers out of must-start WR2 range, but don't go out of your way to sit because the talent is too good. ... Nobody goes out of their way to start Browns and Colts receivers, but with Cleveland and Indianapolis are facing each other, such planning becomes more palatable. ... Classic Bill Belichick defensive plan shaping up against Houston: Take out the top receiver thresat -- DeAndre Hopkins -- and let the Texans figure things out from there. Good luck, Houston. 

Tight ends

1.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
2.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
4.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
5.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
6.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
7.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
8.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
9.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
10.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
11.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
12.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
13.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
14.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
17.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
18.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
20.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
21.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
22.  Jesse James, PIT
 
23.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
24.  Antonio Gates, LAC
 
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ

Notes: With Rob Gronkowski a tad banged up and the Giants defense struggling against tight ends, Zach Ertz gets my No. 1 slot. Hey, he entered Week 3 third in receiving yards among all players. ... Ben Watson and Julius Thomas aren't ranked as starters, but their respective matchups against the Jaguars and Jets give them starter upside. 

Kickers

1.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
4.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
5.  Matt Prater, DET
 
6.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
7.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
8.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
9.  Cairo Santos, KC
 
10.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
11.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Will Lutz, NO
 
14.  Phil Dawson, ARI
 
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
16.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
17.  Cody Parkey, MIA
 
18.  Nick Folk, TB
 
19.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
20.  Younghoe Koo, LAC

Defenses

1.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
2.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
3.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
4.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
5.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
7.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
8.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
9.  New England Patriots, NE
 
10.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
11.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
12.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  New York Giants, NYG
 
16.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
 
17.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
18.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
19.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
20.  Houston Texans, HOU