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NFLPA suit unlikely to help Redskins


NFLPA suit unlikely to help Redskins

The NFLPAs collusion lawsuit against the NFL could provide some fodder for blog posts during the slow summer months but it seems unlikely that it will succeed. And even if the union does prevail, the Redskins will still be stuck with their salary cap penalty.Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk tweeted the following yesterday:Here's my current position on the collusion suit: Was there collusion? Absolutely. Is it too late to do anything about it? Absolutely.And that pretty well sums up the players case. The time for the NFLPA to do something about this was back in March, when they were asked to approve the cap sanctions against Washington and Dallas.Or perhaps long before that. Prior to the uncapped 2010 season I had a conversation with an agent who used to work for an NFL team. He said then that teams had been warned about possible consequences for taking advantage of the absence of a salary cap. So this conspiracy to collude as the union calls it was not a deep dark secret. If agents knew about it, the NFLPA knew about it.The union, Cowboys, and Redskins all would have been better served if the NFLPA had refused to go along with the cap sanctions and, if necessary, go with a 2012 cap number that was from five to 10 percent lower than it was the year before. They would have had a virtual slam dunk collusion case and the potential damaged received likely would have dwarfed the one-year reduction in the cap.But they didnt. De Smith decided to avoid short-term pain (perhaps spurred by the fact that he was up for reelection later in March) at the expense of possible long-term gain. The cap hits delivered to the Redskins and Cowboys were just collateral damage.Even if union-friendly judge David Doty does rule in favor of the players, the Redskins are unlikely to recover the lost cap space. That is not something the union asked for in the suit The best that they can hope for is to be exempted from having to pay into a fund for damages since they clearly did not participate in the collusion.

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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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