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Need to Know: Redskins who may be next in line for new contracts

Need to Know: Redskins who may be next in line for new contracts

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 6, seven days before the Washington Redskins hold their rookie minicamp.

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—The Redskins last played a game 117 days ago. It will be 129 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Rookie minicamp 7; OTAs start 18; Redskins training camp starts 83

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The Redskins can now check Jordan Reed off of the contract extension to-do list. Who else is on that list and who else will be there soon? Let’s take a look.

Kirk Cousins—Obviously he is at the top of the list. Although he is under contract for 2016 with the franchise tag it’s not good to have your starting QB on a one-year deal. If a deal is going to get done both sides will have to give significant ground but at the moment there isn’t much of a reason for anyone to do so. We’ll see if things loosen up when the July 15 deadline gets closer.

Chris Baker—He had a career year in 2015 and he has another year to go on the three-year, $9 million extension he signed in 2014. Baker is slated to make $2.7 million in salary this year. The Redskins may choose to wait on this one. Baker turns 29 early in the season and the team might be understandably hesitant to give a defensive lineman an extension that will kick in during his age 30 season.

Pierre Garçon/DeSean Jackson—These two, both of whom will be 30 by the time the season is over are being lumped together because it’s an either/or situation. It seems that one will be signed and the other will be allowed to walk. But this will wait until next year. There has been plenty of fan chatter about an extension for Garçon to perhaps lower his $10.2 million cap hit. But neither side seems inclined to do that.

Bashaud Breeland/Morgan Moses—And these two are paired together because they can’t be signed to extensions this year. They are two years into their rookie contracts and according to the CBA they can’t sign new contracts until after the final game of the third year of those deals. I’m not sure if they will quite be the priorities that Reed, who was in a similar situation with a year left on his rookie deal, was. But if they show the same growth in 2016 that they showed in their first two years I’m sure the Redskins will want to talk money.

Stat of the day

Jordan Reed has missed 14 games due to injuries. If you project his career stats over full 16-game seasons he would average 86 receptions for 902 yards and seven touchdowns per season.

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Need to Know: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Need to Know: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 23, 14 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 6
—NFL Combine (3/2) 7
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 53
—NFL Draft (4/27) 63
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 199

Free agent moves—Offense

Free agency starts two weeks from today. The Redskins have plenty of needs, both big and small. Let’s take a look around and see what offensive positions they might be looking to bolster when things get going. I’ll follow up with the defense in the next few days.

Quarterback—It could be a yawner at this position or there could be plenty of drama. If Kirk Cousins gets franchise tagged or defies current expectations and signs a long-term deal, the depth chart will remain the same. If he is gone via a trade, things could be shaken up. While they may draft a QB in late April they could go for a mid-priced veteran as insurance.

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Running back—The Redskins have a depth chart loaded with young, unproven talent at this position. If they want a veteran presence in the meeting room they could look at someone like Robert Turbin (McCloughan had a hand in drafting him in Seattle in 2012) or maybe Knile Davis.

Wide receiver—Things will get very interesting if the word on the street comes to pass and both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson are gone. They have a presumably healthy Josh Doctson in line to replace one but they would need a veteran. Maybe Kenny Stills or Kenny Britt, both young and productive, could be under consideration. If one of the veterans stays they likely will get depth in the draft.

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Tight end—Vernon Davis seems likely to be back. If he’s not, the Redskins probably would rather have an alternative to Niles Paul as Jordan Reed’s primary backup. The probably won’t swim in the deep end of the pool with Martellus Bennett and Jared Cook. But maybe they will look at Jermaine Gresham, who made the Pro Bowl twice in Cincinnati while Jay Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

Offensive line—Yesterday, JP and I discussed what they might do at left guard if they want to upgrade from Shawn Lauvao. Perhaps they could go for Kevin Zeitler, another Bengal who played under Gruden. But he will command a contract in the $8-$10 million range and with Brandon Scherff coming up for an extension next year that might be too much to spend at the guard position. Look for the Redskins to take an eventual Lauvao replacement in the draft.

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If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

It still seems like a long-shot the Redskins trade Kirk Cousins, but if there is one persistent rumor, it's that the San Francisco 49ers want the Washington passer. The story is too familiar at this point: New Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was in D.C. when Cousins was drafted and wants the quarterback to come run his offense in San Francisco. With the second overall pick, the 49ers have a tremendous asset they can dangle in trade talks.

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Whether or not any of this rumor is true, it sure makes for engrossing speculation. With the NFL Draft Combine next week in Indianapolis, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he wouldn't be shocked to see the trade go down.

That's the backdrop. Beyond the debate of the merits of trading an established QB like Cousins, which is a very serious debate, there's also the notion of what player the 'Skins would select with the second overall pick.  

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It's worth examining the impact players available to Washington with the second selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the options are varied, including perhaps a new QB. Check it out. 

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