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Need to Know: Both Redskins, Galette get some of what they wanted in new deal

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Need to Know: Both Redskins, Galette get some of what they wanted in new deal

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 16, 43 days before the NFL Draft.

Fan questions: Galette deal a solid compromise

I answered some fan questions over the weekend and I had an overflow of good ones so I’m going to take care of some of the overflow today.

Of course, this question was sent prior to last night, when Galette and the Redskins agreed on a one-year contract worth up to $4.1 million. It appears that the deal represents a compromise, with both sides getting some of what they wanted. Galette got the length of deal that he was looking for. If he comes back healthy and has a good year he will get rewarded in free agency in 2017. The cap hit on the deal is more like what the Redskins were looking for, although they did want a multi-year contract. Usually when both sides get something and give something it's a good contract. In any case, it should be interesting to watch a Redskins nickel pass rushing package that includes Galette, Ryan Kerrigan, and Preston Smith. In January Galette said that he anticipates being on the field for the start of OTAs after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in August.

I wouldn’t call that speculation, I’d call that a near certainty. At the Senior Bowl, Scot McCloughan all but ruled out moving up in the first round but he did say that he was open to trading back. They currently have eight picks; I’ll say that the over/under for the number of picks the Redskins end up with is 10.5. Most of the speculation will center around the first-round pick and that's a possibility but I would start looking at possibilities from about the third round on.

Sure! When and where are they playing? Verizon Center? Jiffy Lube? I’ve got to get my tickets, too. Oh, wait, you asked about Zach, with an “h”, not the Zac Brown Band. That Zach Brown, not so much. He’s a mediocre 3-4 inside linebacker. The Redskins would take an upgrade there but it does not appear that Brown is better than what they have.

This question was submitted before cornerback Will Blackmon was re-signed so it complicates things a bit but the answer is basically the same—it’s up to Dunbar. With Chris Culliver likely to miss OTAs and at least some of training camp while he rehabs his injured knee, Dunbar will get an opportunity to get substantial work with the first unit. If he has prepared for the season and performs well, they will find snaps for him when the season starts regardless of Culliver’s status.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 66 days ago. It will be about 179 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 33; 2016 NFL draft 43; Redskins training camp starts 134

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Don't count out a third straight franchise tag for Kirk Cousins, and here's why

Don't count out a third straight franchise tag for Kirk Cousins, and here's why

For the second straight season the Redskins placed the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins. While the two sides are speaking amicably about a long-term deal, the July 15 deadline for those negotiations continues to inch closer without much expectation that contract will get signed. 

A second year on the tag is unprecedented for a quarterback. In 2016, Cousins made nearly $20 million playing on the tag. In 2017, that figure goes up to $24.

If the Redskins don't get a deal done with Cousins, many think the organization would not again go with the franchise tag because the price tag jumps to an exorbitant $34 million. 

Think again. 

Asked on Monday if another franchise tag would be an option for Cousins in 2018, Redskins team president Bruce Allen was clear.

"Yes," he said. "In the collective bargaining agreement, we really have one year and an option that we can do at the end of next season if we don’t get a contract."

Those options include the exclusive franchise tag, the non-exclusive franchise tag and the transition tag. Both franchise tags carry the same cost, but the non-exclusive allows Cousins' representatives to shop his services around the NFL. If a deal gets struck, and the Redskins don't match the contract, Washington is due two first-round draft picks as compensation for losing their franchise player. 

The transition tag carries a $28 million price tag, and the Redskins can match another contract but risk only receiving a possible 2019 third-round compensatory pick if Cousins walks.

Considering those options, another year on the non-exclusive tag might make sense. The NFL salary cap will be at least $168 million, which means Cousins at $34 million would account for about 20 percent of the Redskins' salary cap.

That's a crazy allotment for one player. Crazy. The Redskins do have about $54 million in cap space for 2018, so technically, another franchise tag could work. 

But the entire manner of the contract dealings with Cousins and the Redskins has been quite unconventional. The Redskins have already made history by franchising Cousins a second-straight year. 

"I think even Kirk said it, there’s a lot of players round the league who are on a one-year deal. It’s the nature of it, we’d like to get him a long-term deal and I think he should want to get one," Allen said. "Kirk’s played well on a one-year contract the last two seasons."

At this point, it doesn't require a degree in advanced mathematics to understand that the Redskins and Cousins have a different picture of the quarterback's long-term value. That could change by July 15th, it could, but it doesn't seem likely. The Cousins camp has little incentive to bend, as $24 million fully guaranteed for 2017 represents a great payday.

And maybe the Redskins don't plan on bending because the option of a third-straight franchise tag doesn't worry them. Or at least the option of letting Cousins shop his services on a non-exclusive tag, and then making a decision to match a deal or receive compensation seems a worthwhile endevaor. 

For Cousins, he's not counting out any possibility. 

"People, I’ve heard say, ‘There’s no chance they franchise tag him or even transition tag him the following season,’ and I chuckle because if the team has franchise tagged me for two years in a row," Cousins said to an ESPN podcast in March. 

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Redskins' offseason program ramps up with start of OTAs today

Redskins' offseason program ramps up with start of OTAs today

The Redskins’ offseason starts to move into high gear today as organized team activities, better known as OTAs, get underway at Redskins Park.

Players have been participating in workouts at Redskins Park since April 17. The first phase of those session consisted of strength and conditioning. In the second phase, they were permitted to run plays but not with the offense lined up against the defense. Finally, in OTAs, they will go offense vs. defense.

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The practices, however, will not resemble an August scrimmage in Richmond. The players wear helmets but no pads and contact is not permitted. While players do block other players and there are collisions between players going after passes, the action is more like pushing and shoving that it is hitting.  

The part about no contact should be taken seriously. Seattle ran afoul of the no-contact rule last year and it cost them. The Seahawks were fined $400,000, lost their fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and they will not be permitted to hold their first week of OTAs this year. The Redskins will be very careful to keep within the rules.

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OTAs will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in each of the next three weeks. The sessions will be open to the media on Wednesday of each week. While player attendance is strongly encouraged the practices are voluntary.

The week after OTAs end the team will hold its minicamp on June 13-14. Minicamp is essentially a continuation of OTAs but player attendance is mandatory.

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