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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.

Timeline

—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

Hot topic

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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Trent Williams’ suspension ended on Monday and the Redskins did not wait to get him back on the 53-man roster.

NFL teams often request roster exemptions for players who return from suspensions that last multiple games. Such requests routinely are granted for the week leading up to the next game. It gives the team an extra player in practice while the formerly suspended player rounds back into shape.

But the Redskins apparently are going to throw Williams right into things. On Monday, they waived cornerback Dashaun Phillips and cleared a spot for Williams right away.

Yesterday, Jay Gruden confirmed what has been widely reported, that Williams will return to his left tackle spot. Leaving Ty Nsekhe, who did a solid job filling in while Williams was out, at left tackle and putting Williams at left guard is something that will remain something for fans and media to speculate on but not something that will happen on the field.

The Redskins managed to go 2-2 during Williams’ suspension. Perhaps one upside is that Williams may be fully healthy down the stretch after having five weeks off, including the bye week that preceded his suspension.