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Need to Know: The five oldest Redskins and their futures

Need to Know: The five oldest Redskins and their futures

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 24, 73 days before the Redskins start offseason workouts.

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Some of the oldest members of the 2013 Redskins are set to become free agents. Here are the five oldest Redskins who are currently under contract and a look at the prospects for their futures in burgundy and gold:

P Sav Rocca (40.2 years old as of today)—The Redskins have signed punter Robert Malone to a futures contract and he will push Rocca hard. Rocca had the worst net punting average in the league last year so he will have to clearly beat out Malone, who will cost some $700,000 less.

G Chris Chester (31.0)—Chester’s performance fell off considerably in 2013 and his cap number of $4.3 million makes him a candidate to be a cap casualty. Ideally the Redskins would like to have 2012 draft picks Josh LeRibeus and/or Adam Gettis to be able to step into the spot but it remains to be seen if they can.

C Will Montgomery (30.9)—His play in 2013 didn’t necessarily scream for an upgrade but the Redskins could do better. His cap number is $3.4 million and a solid veteran center isn’t going to cost much less than that. LeRibeus or Gettis could challenge at his position, too.

DE Kedric Golston (30.7)—If Santana Moss and Reed Doughty are not re-signed, Golston will be the longest-tenured Redskin. He came on board in the 2006 draft. His cap number is a fairly low $1.2 million but he is still subject to being replaced by someone younger and cheaper.

S Brandon Meriweather (30.0)—He may be able to opt out of his contract but for right now he’s the fifth oldest player on the roster. If the Redskins think he’ll be the starter, he’ll stay. If not, his $3.4 million cap number will have to go.

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Timeline

—Former Redskins running back Timmy Smith, who rushed for a Super Bowl record 204 yards in the team’s Super Bowl XXII win over Denver, was born on this date in 1964.

—It’s been 26 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 226 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Combine 26; NFL Free agency starts 46; NFL Draft 104

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Need to Know: Final look at Redskins-Cardinals—Bottling up David Johnson

Need to Know: Final look at Redskins-Cardinals—Bottling up David Johnson

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 4, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Cardinals 4:25 pm

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 7; Panthers @ Redskins 15; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 20

Injuries of note:
Out:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Cardinals

—It needs to be a Ryan Kerrigan day if the Redskins are going to win. Or a Preston Smith day, something rarely seen this year. Or perhaps Arizonan Trent Murphy will get a couple of sacks for his friends and family. Carson Palmer has been ineffective this year because he has been under constant pressure. Washington needs to keep that up.

—It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Josh Norman and Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals don’t just put Fitz into the slot as a wrinkle; they do it all the time. Norman isn’t comfortable covering in the slot but Joe Barry and Jay Gruden will be very uncomfortable if Fitzpatrick dominates Kendall Fuller. Maybe they will try to start off with Norman on the outside but they will adjust quickly. I know I’ve been back and forth on this all week but the Redskins will not use their base defense very often since the Cardinals like to spread the field so much. There will be no “standard” set for this game.

—The Redskins gain 6.4 yards per play, second in the NFL. The Cardinals allow 4.7 yards per game, first in the NFL. As usual, Washington may have to get their score into the upper 20’s to win. That might require a takeaway or a big special teams play.

—A lot of running backs would like to be in a “slump” like the one David Johnson is in now. After gaining at least 83 yards in five straight games, including going over 100  yards in three straight, Johnson has a combined 240 rushing yards in his last four games. Sixty yards per game is respectable but not dominant. The Redskins will gladly sign up for that going in but the Cards will want to get him going against Washington’s leaky rushing defense.

—I think the Redskins will be able to pressure Palmer but Johnson probably has a big day on tap. Unlike some other teams who have played the Redskins this year, if the Cardinals get a good running game going they won’t abandon it. On the other side of the ball, the Redskins’ offense will be slowed down but not shut down. My prediction, which I make with no hesitation but without much confidence:

Redskins 27, Cardinals 21

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Eagles reportedly will make 'strong push' to bring back DeSean Jackson

Eagles reportedly will make 'strong push' to bring back DeSean Jackson

After parting ways with him in a messy release that left the receiver angry with his former franchise back in 2014, the Eagles intend to make a "stong push" to bring back DeSean Jackson this offseason, according to Adam Schefter.

The 30-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent when the season wraps up, and there's been a yearlong debate over whether the Redskins should offer him another contract when that happens. Now, on top of weighing how much he's worth to their offense, Washington will also have to worry about how much he could potentially help a division rival. 

In his report, Schefter cites sources who've told him that "Jackson and Eagles coach Doug Pederson are big admirers of each other." One reason why that admiration from Pederson makes sense: Philadelphia has one of, if not the, worst receiving groups in the NFL, and it's imperative that they do a better job of surrounding Carson Wentz with more talent in 2017.

Sure, this is just a single report in early December, but it is an intriguing one. While it's faded the longer he's been in Burgundy and Gold, Jackson hasn't hidden his resentment for the Eagles since coming to the Redskins. The 2008 second-round pick played in Philly for six campaigns, but was eventually let go in a controversial move that left him upset.

After their game in Arizona Sunday, the 'Skins will travel to Philadelphia next week for a crucial late-season matchup. With this speculation now being passed around the league, keep an eye on if the Lincoln Financial Field crowd gives Jackson a warmer reception than they have since his departure. 

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