Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 13, 46 days before the NFL Draft.
Fan questions--What will the Redskins do at safety?
The interest in Bengals S Nelson does not appear to be too serious at this point but we don’t really know. Redskins Park is no longer a broadcast center when it comes to free agent information. That’s good in the overall scheme of things but not necessarily good for keep up with the news on a minute to minute basis. Back to Nelson, this doesn't mean that things won't advance further but there doesn't appear to be much working right now. Weddle will prove to be too expensive for the Redskins. I’ve heard that he has narrowed his choice down to a few teams and the Redskins aren’t one of them.
I think you can probably look at the timing of the Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams extensions last year to figure out when prime time for taking care of such business is. Kerrigan signed in late July, just before training camp started. The news of Williams’ extension came just before the third preseason game in late August. So I’d look for similar timing with Reed. There is no guarantee that anything will get done but that should be the time frame if it does. The big thing to watch will be Cousins’ extension. If they free up some cap space by getting that done the chances of getting Reed done could increase.
The Redskins have needs at both positions but it’s hard to say that one is a “priority” over another. If they are on the clock and there is a choice of a safety or a D-lineman there they’ll take the best available player. If they’re equal or very close to it, they would probably take the safety. But it wouldn’t necessarily be because it’s a greater need but because there are many fewer quality safeties in this draft (and in most recent drafts) so the safety would be the most valuable pick. The point here is that the way the draft goes, who is on the board when you pick, determines your “priorities”.
I think the chances of them taking a running back in Round 1 are very slim. That’s not because I think that Scot McCloughan is philosophically opposed but because I think that Ezekiel Elliott is the only back that warrants first-round consideration and I think he’ll be gone. But I think that any time after that there could be a back on the board that McCloughan can’t pass up.
—The Redskins last played a game 63 days ago. It will be about 182 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 36; 2016 NFL draft 46; Redskins training camp starts 137
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Sunday morning quick hitters
—Talk that Greg Manusky is the favorite to get the promotion to Redskins defensive coordinator seems to be based more on deductive reasoning than from any reports from Ashburn. I think he is likely to be the guy but I’m not sure that there won’t be a surprise selection for the job.
—The four-year, $42 million contract extension the Rams gave WR Tavon Austin will set the market for DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Both of their expiring contracts averaged about $8 million per year so they could be in line for healthy raises the year after turning 30. As in other sports, the market is often set by what your dumbest competitior is willing to pay.
—I didn’t give a second thought to leaving DeAngelo Hall off my projection of the defensive roster for the coming season. He said that he would be willing to redo his contract, which calls for him to make $4.25 million this year. That’s fine but I think that the organization will look at the 32 games he missed in the last three seasons combined and decide that they can’t keep a player that they can’t rely on at any price.
—How hot is Jay Gruden’s seat in 2017? Assuming he keeps his quarterback, I think that he will be fine with a 10-win season and he will be toast with double-digit losses. The tough call will be if they finish 8-8 or even 9-7 with a playoff miss.
—There was a lot of talk about how the Redskins’ salary cap spending on defense last year ($36 million) was dwarfed by what was spent on offense ($78 million). As of right now, the Redskins’ spending is about even, with $57.3 million going to offense and $59.2 million to defense. We’ll see how even the expenditures wind up being when the season starts in September.
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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.
No. 7 worst play of 2016
Giants at Redskins, Week 17
4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10
Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).
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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.
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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season.
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