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NTK: Fan questions—When will Redskins TE Jordan Reed get a new contract?

NTK: Fan questions—When will Redskins TE Jordan Reed get a new contract?

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.

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—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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Need to Know: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Need to Know: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 23, 14 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

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Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 6
—NFL Combine (3/2) 7
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 53
—NFL Draft (4/27) 63
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 199

Free agent moves—Offense

Free agency starts two weeks from today. The Redskins have plenty of needs, both big and small. Let’s take a look around and see what offensive positions they might be looking to bolster when things get going. I’ll follow up with the defense in the next few days.

Quarterback—It could be a yawner at this position or there could be plenty of drama. If Kirk Cousins gets franchise tagged or defies current expectations and signs a long-term deal, the depth chart will remain the same. If he is gone via a trade, things could be shaken up. While they may draft a QB in late April they could go for a mid-priced veteran as insurance.

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Running back—The Redskins have a depth chart loaded with young, unproven talent at this position. If they want a veteran presence in the meeting room they could look at someone like Robert Turbin (McCloughan had a hand in drafting him in Seattle in 2012) or maybe Knile Davis.

Wide receiver—Things will get very interesting if the word on the street comes to pass and both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson are gone. They have a presumably healthy Josh Doctson in line to replace one but they would need a veteran. Maybe Kenny Stills or Kenny Britt, both young and productive, could be under consideration. If one of the veterans stays they likely will get depth in the draft.

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Tight end—Vernon Davis seems likely to be back. If he’s not, the Redskins probably would rather have an alternative to Niles Paul as Jordan Reed’s primary backup. The probably won’t swim in the deep end of the pool with Martellus Bennett and Jared Cook. But maybe they will look at Jermaine Gresham, who made the Pro Bowl twice in Cincinnati while Jay Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

Offensive line—Yesterday, JP and I discussed what they might do at left guard if they want to upgrade from Shawn Lauvao. Perhaps they could go for Kevin Zeitler, another Bengal who played under Gruden. But he will command a contract in the $8-$10 million range and with Brandon Scherff coming up for an extension next year that might be too much to spend at the guard position. Look for the Redskins to take an eventual Lauvao replacement in the draft.

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If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

It still seems like a long-shot the Redskins trade Kirk Cousins, but if there is one persistent rumor, it's that the San Francisco 49ers want the Washington passer. The story is too familiar at this point: New Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was in D.C. when Cousins was drafted and wants the quarterback to come run his offense in San Francisco. With the second overall pick, the 49ers have a tremendous asset they can dangle in trade talks.

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Whether or not any of this rumor is true, it sure makes for engrossing speculation. With the NFL Draft Combine next week in Indianapolis, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he wouldn't be shocked to see the trade go down.

That's the backdrop. Beyond the debate of the merits of trading an established QB like Cousins, which is a very serious debate, there's also the notion of what player the 'Skins would select with the second overall pick.  

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It's worth examining the impact players available to Washington with the second selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the options are varied, including perhaps a new QB. Check it out. 

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