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Need to Know: Why is it highly unlikely that the Redskins will trade RG3?

Need to Know: Why is it highly unlikely that the Redskins will trade RG3?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 31, 24 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Why it is highly unlikely that the Redskins will trade RG3

Why can’t the Redskins trade Robert Griffin III instead of just letting him go?

Many fans are asking that questions, wondering why the Redskins can’t get something, anything in return for the player on whom the team spent three first-round picks and a second to acquire just four years ago.

Technically, they can. But it won’t happen and here’s why.

Griffin is under contract with the Redskins for 2016 for $16.155 million. That is the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. It was guaranteed for injury up until he passed his exit physical after the season ended. It is not currently guaranteed but the guarantee will kick back in if he is still on the roster when the new league year begins on March 9. Keep that in mind.

Right now, rosters are frozen until the day after the Super Bowl. Griffin can be cut any time after that date and his salary will come off of the books.

So why not trade him and let him work out a contract with his new team instead of just cutting him? Because players can’t be traded can’t until the league year begins on March 9 and that’s the day his deal becomes guaranteed. No team is going to trade for Griffin along with a guaranteed contract like that.

Could they set something up in advance, give Griffin permission negotiate a new contract with another team, have him sign that deal, and then trade him to that team? Under the rules, yes. But it won’t happen because Griffin won’t want to make it happen on his end.

What is the incentive for Griffin to agree to a new contract to facilitate a trade? The outcome that is to his best advantage would be for him to get released and be able to talk to and negotiate a contract with any of the other 31 teams that might want a quarterback. There simply is no reason for him to limit his options like that. There is no upside for him in that scenario.

Griffin has the leverage here. He can simply wait it out and not answer phone calls originating from the 703 area code. As March 9 approaches, the Redskins will be faced with the choice of releasing him or getting stuck with a backup quarterback at a fully guaranteed $16.155 million salary, a cap hit that would severely hamper their ability to negotiate a new contract with the player they want at quarterback, Kirk Cousins. They will, of course, choose to let Griffin walk.

I suppose you can’t completely rule out anything. But all signs point to the Redskins letting Griffin go sometime between February 8 and March 9 and nothing that makes any sense will prevent that from happening.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 21 days ago. It will be about 224 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 24; NFL free agency starts 38; 2016 NFL draft 88

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Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 11, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles 1 p.m.

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 13; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 21

Injuries of note:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Lanier (leg)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Baker (ankle), G Shawn Lauvao (groin)
Final injury report

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The Redskins have not stopped a team in a goal to go situation since September. The Eagles are good in such situations, converting TDs 84 percent of the time. If the Redskins can get a stop and force a field goal try when the first time the Eagles get down there that would be a big psychological boost for the visitors. Or, better yet, maybe they can just not let the Eagles get any first and goal opportunities. That’s what happened when the teams played in Week 6.

—In that Week 6 meeting the Redskins rushed for 230 yards, their best performance on the ground this season by 79 yards. Matt Jones picked up 135 yards on 16 attempts, Rob Kelley had 5-59, and Chris Thompson kicked in with 9-37. It’s unlikely that Jones will be active so it will be up to Kelley to get things rolling on the ground.

—For all the talk about Kirk Cousins having the Eagles’ number, he had one of his worst statistical games of the year against them in Week 6. He completed just 52.9 percent of his passes, his lowest completion percentage of the season. Cousins also threw perhaps his worst interception of the year, a pick six that tied the game at 14 in the second quarter. The bottom line was that he made some plays and the Redskins won but he likely will have to play better this time for his team to prevail today.

—Carson Wentz has six interceptions in his last three games, including three last week against the Bengals. Josh Norman is due to get an interception, overdue, in fact. Don’t know what will happen but the chances seem good that a Redskin will get his hands on a Wentz pass today.

—We saw last week that the Redskins are not a lock to go on the road and win against a team that is desperately fighting for its playoff life. Fortunately for the Redskins, the Eagles do not have players who are the equals of David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Patrick Peterson. While plenty can go wrong I think the Redskins come away with with the win.

Redskins 28, Eagles 24

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Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

The Redskins officially brought Kory Lichtensteiger back to the active roster, and while the move is now for depth, it could have other ramifications down the road. 

The move is on the NFL's transaction report for Saturday. To make room for Lichtensteiger, the team released defensive lineman A.J. Francis. 

Dealing with injuries up and down the line of scrimmage, Lichtensteiger's return could give the offensive front more flexibility. When Lichtensteiger got injured Week 3 and sent to the injured reserve, third-year pro Spencer Long stepped in and performed well at center. Last week in Arizona, Long sustained a concussion.

That injury opened the door for John Sullivan, who will start this week in Philadelphia with Long ruled out. Sullivan was brought in as a backup to Long once Lichtensteiger was put on IR. With Long now in the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins need another center should Sullivan get hurt. Alas, Lichtensteiger's return from the IR. 

Left guard Shawn Lauvao also sustained an injured groin, and that's where things could get interesting. Long is capable of playing guard, as is Lichtensteiger in a pinch. Should Lauvao's injury persist, Lichtensteiger might be able to help there.

Against the Eagles, the plan certainly appears to be second-year man Arie Kouandjio starting in place of Lauvao. Kouandjio made one earlier start this season - Week 4 against Cleveland - and the results were mixed.

If Kouandjio stumbles and Lauvao needs more time, Lichtensteiger's return to the roster gives Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan more flexibility, especially when Long returns from injury.

In fact, once the team has Long, Lichtensteiger and Sullivan healthy, there could be a bit of a logjam roster-wise on the offensive line, but considering all the injuries, bumps and bruises that are part of O-line life by the last four games of the season, the Redskins staff likely won't mind figuring that out. 

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