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Need to Know: Five free agents who won't become Redskins

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Need to Know: Five free agents who won't become Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 4, six days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

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Here are five NFL free agents who won’t be playing for the Redskins in 2015.

DT Ndamukong Suh—Despite reports that the Redskins are “interested” in Suh, there is little chance that a contract that makes any sense at all for them could be worked out with Suh. He is likely to get a deal that averages some $17 million per year and the Redskins could buy a lot of help at a lot of positions with that money. That’s a move for a “we think we’re one player away” team like the Dolphins or a “we have money to burn” team like the Raiders. The Redskins are in neither one of those categories.

DE Greg Hardy—He’s only 27 and he had 15 sacks in 2013 and 11 the year before that. Let’s say for a minute that the Redskins were willing to take a chance on his recent troubles involving domestic violence charges and perhaps obtain the damaged goods at a reduced rate. But Hardy is strictly a 4-3 end and he is just not a scheme fit in the Redskins’ defense.

S Devin McCourty—He’s a perfect need fit and filling needs is that free agency is all about. But even if the Redskins are interested it seems very unlikely that he will get away from the Patriots. Bill Belichick would not have slapped the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski if he was not exceptionally confident that the Pats could get a deal done with McCourty.

G Mike Iupati—Although he fits the "big guy" description that Scot McCloughan likes that doesn't mean that the Redskins' GM will be willing to pay $6 to $7 million per year for a guard to gave up seven sacks last year.

WR Andre Johnson—He’s not a free agent yet but it looks like he will be soon. You can put him in the “no” column along with others who are well north of the age of 30. “We’re not going to have to go out to other organizations and bring in 32 and 33 year olds who have different plans,” McCloughan said at his introductory presser.

Timeline

—It’s been 66 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 193 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 6; Redskins offseason workouts start 47; 2015 NFL Draft 57

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75

The Redskins week that was

Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com

How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.

Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.

Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.

For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.

Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.

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85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is always open to some coaching no matter who it comes from. On Friday that coaching came from Veronica, an 85-year old woman who works at Congressional Country Club and is a die-hard Redskins fan.

Cousins posted a picture of the pair together on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. 

Veronica made some solid suggestions, especially the one about him getting the ball out of his hands quicker. 

Despite the rocky contract situation with the team, there's no question that Cousins loves the passionate Redskins fan base. 

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