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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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The Redskins plan to add multiple new front office positions, according to Bruce Allen

The Redskins plan to add multiple new front office positions, according to Bruce Allen

The Redskins will be adding as many as three new positions to their front office, team president Bruce Allen said on Monday.

Speaking with the media at the Redskins Charitable Golf Foundation, Allen explained that he has spoken with 12 people from outside the organization about possible jobs.

Many wondered if the Redskins would make a hire after the early March firing of former general manager Scot McCloughan.

Reports showed that Allen wanted to promote a new GM from within, and that could still be the case. Doug Williams, Scott Campbell and Eric Schaefer are considered the internal leaders for the vacant position.

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What — if anything — can Redskins learn from Patriots' situation with Jimmy Garoppolo?

What — if anything — can Redskins learn from Patriots' situation with Jimmy Garoppolo?

Despite reports of a highly motivated trade market for Jimmy Garoppolo, the New England Patriots decided to hold on to their backup quarterback this offseason. It's easy to dismiss the notion of keeping Garoppolo as just one part of the unique genius of Pats coach Bill Belichick, but that might be overly simplistic.

In an article last week for MMQB.com, Albert Breer writes that New England ultimately decided there is more value in a QB a team trusts than a package of draft picks, even high draft picks.

Your off-season lesson for this week: Having a good young quarterback on your own roster is more important than what he’s worth as an asset.

The emphasis belongs to Breer, and it could be an interesting lesson for Redskins fans. 

A vocal part of the fan base believed that Washington should have moved QB Kirk Cousins before the draft. The logic went that since the Redskins can't get a long-term deal done with Cousins, the organiztion should maximize the value with the passer and trade him, potentially for the first or second overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Breer's argument, however, might poke holes in that theory. 

Belichick and the Pats decided to keep Garoppolo despite plenty of reasons to move the young signal caller. The first - and super obvious - reason being a healthy Tom Brady. That needs no explanation.

Beyond Brady, Breer explains that it seems more likely Garoppolo's stock will actually decrease in 2017, just because it's so high right now. Looking ahead to the 2018 draft, a number of quarterbacks are expected to be worth high selections, starting with USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

If there was a time to move Garoppolo, it would have been this offseason. And Belichick didn't do it. That suggests the Patriots want to keep the former Eastern Illinois product playing in Foxborough, especially if age ever catches up to the 39-year-old Brady. 

One more note on Garopollo - he is slated for free agency in 2018. Just like Cousins. It's entirely possible Jimmy G walks in free agency next season, and the Pats get no compensation. The exact same possibility is in play for Cousins and the Redskins. New England could franchise Garoppolo too next offseason, as has been the case for Cousins the last two seasons in Burgundy and Gold. 

The truth is Garoppolo has thrown less than 100 passes in the NFL. Cousins threw more than 600 just last season. There is no true comparison for Cousins' situation, just as there isn't for Garoppolo's. Both players have great value. Cousins has proved he's an NFL starter. Garoppolo certainly looked like one in two starts in 2016. 

One key takeaway: Belichick opted to keep Garoppolo this year, even though the Patriots could have recouped a lot of value, and knowing that the 2018 QB market should be significantly better than the 2017 crop. And that's with a very uncertain contract future for Garoppolo and the organization.

In some ways, the Redskins and Bruce Allen made the same decision with Cousins. It could certainly backfire. Cousins might leave next offseason and Washington gets nothing in return. Still, the Redskins will have their passer for 2017, and with an improved defense, should be an NFC playoff contender. It also remains possible the team finalizes a deal with Cousins before the July 15th deadline. It's not probably, but definitely possible. 

But in a league where most can only hope to emulate the success in New England, maybe, just maybe, Washington is following the Patriots handbook. 

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