Quick Links

Need to Know: Situation could change quickly in Redskins-Cousins contract talks

Need to Know: Situation could change quickly in Redskins-Cousins contract talks

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 10, 18 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 182 days ago. It will be 64 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Franchise tag contract deadline 5; Preseason opener @ Falcons 32; Final roster cut 55

The Redskins week that was

As you may have heard the deadline for the Redskins and their franchise tagged quarterback to reach a long-term deal is this Friday at 4 p.m. If a new contract is not signed, sealed, and delivered by then Kirk Cousins will play in 2016 for a guaranteed salary of $19.95 million and further negotiations will have to be put on hold until the end of the regular season.

You also may have seen reports that the deal won’t get done. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported the following on Friday:
For Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, the deadline is irrelevant; an impasse exists that won’t be broken in the next eight days.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, nothing is happening by way of negotiations between Cousins and the team, and nothing will be happening. The two sides won’t be reaching a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.
Adam Schefter of ESPN has been saying essentially the same thing for at least a month as have others. So there won’t be a long-term deal between Cousins and the Redskins.

Unless there is.

Deadlines drive deals. You don’t have to go back further than one year to find a case where reports of no deal as the tag contract deadline approached turned into reports of a done deal in a hurry.

In 2015 Demaryius Thomas was the Broncos franchise player. Here is a chunk of a PFT report from Florio that is dated July 13, 2015 two days before the deadline to get a long-term deal done:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s currently “not likely” that the Broncos and Thomas will work out a new contract before the close of business on Wednesday.
[Note: The July 15 deadline fell on a Wednesday last year.]

About 48 hours later PFT was reporting that Thomas and the Broncos had agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract. Things went from “not likely” to signed, sealed, and delivered in a hurry.

The point here is not to bust on Florio for being wrong. His report on Thomas was not an outlier at the time nor is his reporting on the current situations with the Redskins and Cousins different from what others are saying. The point is that these situations can change rapidly and they often do.

There is always incentive to get a deal done. For the player it’s security; for the team it’s financial and roster certainty. Whether those incentives are enough to push the two sides to bridge the gap between them remains to be seen. But the door is not closed until the deadline passes on Saturday.

In case you missed it 

 

 

 

 

Quick Links

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

<<<NFL POWER RANKINGS: WHO GOT BETTER AFTER THE DRAFT>>>

Want more Redskins? Click here to follow JP on Facebook and check out @JPFinlayCSN for live updates via Twitter! Click here for the #RedskinsTalk on Apple Podcasts, here for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!

ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end Nickel cornerback  | Inside linebacker | Running back

Quick Links

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

Tandler on Twitter

In case you missed it