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Need to Know: Five Redskins who could be cap casualties

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who could be cap casualties

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

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The Redskins made some moves to clear some salary cap money on Tuesday. They may not be done. Here are five more players they could release to clear more salary cap space.

DE Stephen Bowen (cap savings $1.98 million)—This one is tougher than many think it is. Yes, the fact that he had microfracture surgery on his knee is an issue, especially on a big D-lineman around the age of 30. But it’s not the career death sentence it used to be. Bowen could be offered a contract with a reduction in his base salary of $4.4 million with an opportunity to make it back up in incentives and per-game roster bonuses.

G Chris Chester ($2.7 million)—After a solid 2012 he was “just a guy” or perhaps worse last year. And a $3 million base salary calls for being more than “just a guy”. You could move up 2012 draft picks Josh LeRibeus or Adam Gettis and they could be mediocre for a whole lot less money.

OT Tyler Polumbus ($2.5 million)—The worst thing that happened to Polumbus is the $1 million salary escalator that kicked in for this season. At his original cap number of $1.6 million he might have been able to fly under the radar survive as a backup. But at $2.6 million he might not be around unless he’s the starter and that seems to be far from certain right now.

C Will Montgomery ($1.925 million)—A complete housecleaning on the offensive line with the exception of Trent Williams is not out of the question, given that Jay Gruden showed a preference for larger linemen while he was at Cincinnati.

DE Jarvis Jenkins ($1.03 million)—Yes, this would be a major surprise but Jenkins has been a disappointment. If they decide to upgrade at defensive end, they could help pay for it with Jenkins’ million bucks.

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Timeline

—It’s been 67 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 185 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Free agency starts 5; Offseason workouts start 32; NFL Draft 63

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Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

As the discussion rages around what the Redskins should do with free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, $75 million cornerback Josh Norman made clear he wants the passer back. Norman explained that the 'Skins struggles should not be pinned to Cousins, but rather, a Washington defense that finished the year near the bottom of the NFL.

"We got to help him out of defense, and stop somebody on the field," Norman said on FS1 (click here for full video). "We did not help him out at all. I'll be honest with you. We got to do our job."

Norman's comments came during a spirited argument with Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Cris Carter in what amounted to a festival of hot takery. Whitlock's argument was that Cousins is not a franchise quarterback, and shoult not be paid as such, largely for losing the final two home games of the year against Carolina and the New York Giants.

Cousins passed for nearly 5,000 yards this year, a statitstic Norman pointed to in his defense of the QB. He also explained that Cousins still has room to grow.

"He only had two seasons," Norman said. "Cam Newton had five seasons."

Drafted in 2012, Cousins was just named the 'Skins starter in 2015. He's started every game the last two seasons and gone 17-16 while passing for more than 9,000 yards. Norman played with Newton in Carolina before signing with Washington last year, and got to watch the quarterback develop into the league MVP in 2015.

Norman described Cousins as a 'great guy' and leader in the locker room, but he allowed that, "I know a great guy don’t translate into wins. I'm not saying that."

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The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 9 worst play of 2016

Steelers at Redskins Week 1

10:18 left in Q2, Steelers ball 4th and 1 at the Redskins 29, Redskins leading 6-0

Ben Roethlisberger pass deep left to Antonio Brown for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: Things were looking up for the Redskins prior to this, even though they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone in two forays deep into Steelers territory and had to settle for field goals (a taste of things to come all year). The Steelers drove down the field and went for it on fourth and one. Because Joe Barry opted not to have Josh Norman travel from side to side with Brown, it was Bashaud Breeland with one-on-one coverage on the right side. Brown beat Breeland and DeAngelo Hall was late giving safety help and Big Ben put the ball on the money. The score put the Steelers ahead to stay.

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Finlay: It's easy to forget now that the Redskins had an early lead in the opener against Pittsburgh. In fact, their defense started well, until this point. In something that would be repeated throughout the year, the Steelers did not hesitate to go for it on 4th down against the Washington defense. Breeland was in pretty good position on the ball, though Roethlisberger's throw was right on the money. It would be only one more week until Josh Norman would then start traveling to cover other team's best receivers. Beyond the immediate impact of this play, it also seemed to stay with Breeland as he struggled somewhat in the first half of the season.

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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