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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2016

Need to Know: Five Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2016

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 31, 8 days before the Redskins visit the New England Patriots.

5 Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2016

We’re approaching the halfway point of the season and while the Redskins still have plenty to play for this year, the offseason comes at you fast in the NFL. Here are five players who could be playing their final nine games in Washington over the next two and a half months.

WR DeSean Jackson—Yes, he’s talented but Scot McCloughan undoubtedly is unhappy with him suffering what will add up to a two-month hamstring pull after taking too long to recover from a shoulder sprain early in training camp. Releasing him would create a net cap savings of $6.75 million.

OL Josh LeRibeus—His rookie contract is up and he was drafted by Mike Shanahan—two regimes ago. He is getting some playing time at center with Kory Lichtensteiger out but unless he makes a big push in the coming weeks the team may not have much interest in re-signing him.

CB DeAngelo Hall—He still has some ability left in him but he is going to turn 32 next month and it appears that injuries are starting to catch up with him. It was the Achilles that cost him the final 13 games of last year, he had assorted injuries that sidelined him during training camp, and now he about to miss his fourth straight game with a toe injury. That is not good value for a cap hit of $5.1 million.

DL Jason Hatcher—Technically, he signed a four-year deal when he came to the Redskins in 2014 but in essence it was a two-year deal. His salary shoots up from a reasonable $2.75 million this year to $6.25 million in 2016 and it seems that he is developing chronic knee problems. It will cost over $4 million in dead cap to let him go but the team might need to do it.

RB Alfred Morris—This is a tough one but the odds are that he will go elsewhere when his contract is up at the end of the year. His strength is running behind zone blocking and the Redskins are moving towards more power blocking. Morris would be worth more to a zone-based team, meaning that it’s likely he could get a better contract elsewhere.

Update: I did not include Robert Griffin III on this list because I figure it is obvious that he won't be back. However, judging from the comments here and my Twitter timeline, it's not as obvious as I thought.

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Today’s schedule: Bye week

Days until: Redskins @ Patriots 8; Saints @ Redskins 15; Redskins @ Panthers 22

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Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

After he signed the franchise tag a couple of weeks ago, the speculation, rumors and, for some fans, panic around Kirk Cousins has largely quieted down.

The Redskins can ink their quarterback to a long-term deal any time between now and July 15, but talks may not pick up until summer rolls around. A trade can also occur, but no recent reports have indicated that one is in the works.

Therefore, it currently looks like Cousins and the franchise that drafted him back in 2012 will be together for at least one more season. And according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, that's a wise choice by the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think they did the absolute right thing in making sure Kirk Cousins is gonna be their quarterback this year," King told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay at the NFL owner's meetings in Phoenix. "I absolutely, unequivocally would not trade him. That's a white flag." 

As for why King wouldn't move on from No. 8, his explanation was very simple.

"You don't get rid of a guy who's got the second-most passing yards in football over the last two years," he said.

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Finlay also gathered input on the Redskins' and Cousins' relationship from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who's another major voice in the league's media. Rapoport first stated that he would be "beyond stunned" if the 28-year-old was not in D.C. for the 2017 campaign and then laid out how he envisions the year unfolding.

"I do not believe he will sign the extension before the season," he said. "So, he's going to go out there, play on another one-year deal, bet on himself like he did last year. You hope it's the same thing. And then we'll see, because I know there's some talk about him not signing an extension — I'm not so sure about that. Everyone has a price, right?"

"If they offer him $25 [million] a year, Andrew Luck's deal, I would imagine plans would change pretty quickly, right?" Rapoport continued. "So you get to the end of the season, assess where you are, assess the value and see if you can make a business deal. It's terrible to have to pay so much money to your quarterback. The only worse thing is not being able to pay so much money to your quarterback." 

King and Rapoport are clearly both in agreement that losing their rising signal caller would be a huge blow to the Redskins. But while King says Washington should keep Cousins because of his production, Rapoport took a different route when concluding how the negotiations will end up.

"Really good quarterbacks never leave their team. It just never happens," he said. "So I would think there's a way to work this out."

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Josh Doctson's short tweet delivers good news for Redskins

Josh Doctson's short tweet delivers good news for Redskins

Josh Doctson’s tweet left 136 characters on the table but he didn’t need any more to deliver some good news to Redskins fans.

The wide receiver was the Redskins’ top pick in the 2016 draft. At 6-2 and an ability to high point the ball he repeatedly demonstrated at TCU, it was hoped he would add a different dimension to the Redskins’ fast but relatively short receiving corps.

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But it didn’t happen. An Achilles tendon injury flared up during preseason activities and he was very limited in OTAs. He was on the PUP list during training camp and the preseason games. Doctson was on the 53-man roster to start the season but after 31 snaps and one reception in two games he was shut down for the season.

Jay Gruden was apparently frustrated by the injury and throughout the season he wasn’t sure when Doctson would be ready.

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But last month via social media Docston sent out some pictures of him doing some strenuous work at Redskins Park. It appears that he was in Tampa today working with Jon Gruden and some other Redskins. The tweet from Doctson came a short time after this picture from one of Terrelle Pryor’s social media accounts was posted.

It should be noted that doing work in shorts a T-shirts does not equal being effective in an NFL regular season game. But it’s a good first step and considering Doctson barely took any steps last year that’s a good development.

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