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Need to Know: T. Jackson decision could take some time

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Need to Know: T. Jackson decision could take some time

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, Sept. 2, seven days before the Redskins open up their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

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1. The Redskins, one of the younger teams in the NFL just a couple of years ago, are growing older on us. By the measure of Jimmy Kempski at Philly.com the Redskins are the second-oldest team in the NFL. According to the calculations of Mike Sando of ESPN, they are the third oldest with the oldest defense. The numbers are what they are but I don’t view the Redskins as an “aging” team. Most of their top players are 27 or younger, players like Brian Orakpo, Pierre Garçon, Perry Riley, Trent Williams, Ryah Kerrigan, Alfred Morris, and, the fifth-youngest player on the team at about 23 and a half, Robert Griffin III.

2. Mike Shanahan will have a press conference after practice today; it should take place at about 3:30 or so. He will be asked why the Redskins kept Pat White on the 53-man roster, giving the team four quarterbacks on the roster. Expect an answer that gives out precisely no information. It will be something like, “He was one of the best 53 players, we keep the best 53 regardless of position.” And this is the right thing to do, there is no reason for him to tip his hand regarding the teams intentions with White.

3. The Big Announcement at that presser will be about the starting quarterback against the Eagles. We don’t really need that announcement. The team released its media schedule this week. NFL media rules state that the starting quarterback must meet with the media during the week. The only QB scheduled to have a press conference is Robert Griffin III.

4. Every beat writer is getting multiple inquiries daily about the status of suspended safety Tanard Jackson. Don’t hold your breath. The last time he was suspended he was not reinstated until 17 days after he was eligible. I’m not sure why the league would expedite anything for Jackson this time around after another major suspension. Then IF he gets reinstated and IF the Redskins decide to take a chance and give him a shot and IF he is in shape and IF they decide he’s a better option than what they have on the roster, he might then return to the field. So we probably have a while to go and, as outlined above, a lot of ifs to navigate. Currently he’s not counting against the 53-man roster and he isn’t getting paid so there is not salary cap charge.

5. Some Redskins now have new numbers. Some of the changes were made by choice, others were necessary. Bacarri Rambo had to change from Roy Helu Jr.’s 29 so he took 24, formerly owned by the released DeJon Gomes. Nick Barnett took number 55, Brandon Jenkins 51 and Chris Thompson now will wear 25.

Stat of the day

—There was a lot of focus on how few times the Redskins turned the ball over last year (a team record low 14 times). But they also did well on the takeaway side of the turnover ratio. They had 21 interceptions and recovered 10 opposing fumbles. Those takeaways were spread out through the year. They had only three games with no takeaways and 12 games with at least two.

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Timeline

—It’s been 239 days since the last Redskins game; there are seven days until the next one

—Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ Packers 13; Lions @ Redskins 20

—Today’s schedule: Practice at 1:45; Mike Shanahan press conference after practice (approx. 3:30).

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Need to Know: The early odds on what happens with Redskins and Cousins

Need to Know: The early odds on what happens with Redskins and Cousins

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 19, 98 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 42
NFL free agency starts 50
First Sunday of 2017 season 235

The coordinator search and more

As noted above, we have 42 days until the deadline for the Redskins to put the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins. The immediate future of the franchise is contingent this situation being handled correctly by the organization. It’s time to turn the attention and the $100 in imaginary casino chips towards what might happen with Cousins as the process unfold. We will revisit this from time to time as the various deadlines approach so consider this the early odds.

Sign before the tag deadline, $5—This seems unlikely after his rather cold response to my question immediately following the season-ending loss to the Giants when he said, “The ball’s not in my court.” He indicated that it’s up to the Redskins to tag him. It doesn’t look like he and his agent will have much of an inclination to sit down to any serious negotiations before that happens.

Let him go into free agency, $5—Yes, I know that this is out there but it makes no sense to take the chance of the possibility that he could walk with zero compensation. While there might be some logic in finding out what Cousins would be worth in a true free market in order to establish the basis for a fair contract the risk of behind left empty-handed is just too great.

Tag and trade, $20—This also has been discussed by various media types as a possibility. It would involve giving Cousins the non-exclusive franchise tag, which would let him go out and negotiate a deal with another team. The Redskins could then match that offer or choose to get compensation. The CBA calls for compensation of two first-round picks although the two teams may negotiate something less. The most frequently suggested trade partner is the 49ers and their soon-to-be head coach Kyle Shanahan but there are probably around half a dozen teams, maybe more, who could be interested. If the Redskins don’t think they will ever sign Cousins long term this could be the way to go.

Tag and sign by July 15 deadline, $30—This may be a little low for this possibility. Perhaps if the other options are off the table he will consider that he is a perfect match for Jay Gruden’s offense and that he might not be such a good fit elsewhere. There also is the possibility of injury or, for whatever reason, Cousins having a subpar season. Those thoughts could spur him to instruct his agent to get the best deal he can get in Washington.

Tag and play the season on the tag, $40—Right now, this appears to be the mostly likely scenario. They can afford the $24 million cap hit and it would get them one more year of his services. However, the prospects for him remaining in a Redskins uniform for 2018 and beyond would be very cloudy.

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3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed and Brandon Scherff will skip next week's Pro Bowl in Orlando a team spokesman confirmed to CSN. All three players dealt with injuries late in the season, most notably Reed, and playing in the exhibition game is not in the cards. Trent Williams, however, is still slated to play in the game. 

Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving playing against the Dallas Cowboys. For the rest of the season, Reed played through significant pain and his production dipped.

Kerrigan played much of the season with an injured elbow and hurt his finger in the final game against the Giants. Scherff played with ankle pain and was listed on the injury report much of the season's final four games.

For Reed and Scherff, this year marked their first Pro Bowl. The recognition was deserved for both players, and shows that the guard and tight end are gaining national spotlight for their play.

Kerrigan played in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He finished this year with 11 sacks, 2.5 short os his career high 13.5 in 2014. 

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