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Redskins have unfinished business with RFA's Thompson, Compton

Redskins have unfinished business with RFA's Thompson, Compton

Earlier this week I looked at the Redskins’ unrestricted free agents.

The team has offered tenders to their two exclusive rights free agents, OT’s Ty Nsekhe and Vinston Painter.

They have two other players who are free agents and there is a deadline approaching.

Third-down back Chris Thompson and starting Mike linebacker Will Compton are restricted free agents. They will remain RFA’s as long as the team offers them tenders by 4 p.m. on Thursday. If they aren’t offered the tenders by that time they will become unrestricted free agents. The Redskins likely will not let that happen but the clock is ticking.

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The restricted free agent tender salaries were announced earlier this week. The low or original round tender will be $1.8 million. That is the level likely to be given to Thompson and Compton.

The two would be free to shop their services just like any other free agent. If they get an offer sheet the Redskins would have seven days to match it. If they choose not to match an offer for Thompson they would get a fifth-round pick in return since that is the round in which he was drafted. They would get nothing for Compton, who signed as an undrafted free agent.

In order to get anything in return for Compton they would have to put the second-round tender on him. That would set them back $2.7 million, probably too much for Compton. It should be noted that offer sheets to RFA's are rare and the players usually end up staying with the team that tendered them.

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The money from the tenders is not guaranteed. Assuming both are on the team and they play out their deals they would become unrestricted free agents in 2018.

The team’s other option would be to sign one or both of them to two- or three-year contracts. The players could get some money up front with a signing bonus and maybe make a little more money since the team essentially would be buying out the players’ first year or two of unrestricted free agency.

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Ricky Jean-Francois signs with the Packers, per report

Ricky Jean-Francois signs with the Packers, per report

Before last season with the Redskins, Ricky Jean-Francois had made the playoffs five consecutive times, doing so twice with San Francisco, twice with Indianapolis and then once with Washington.

Now, the veteran — who was released by the 'Skins on March 15 — has given himself a strong chance of getting back to the postseason again in 2017 by reportedly signing with the Packers on Thursday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Jean-Francois and Green Bay agreed to a one-year, $3-million contract.


The 30-year-old lineman visited with the Bears and Seahawks before choosing to sign with Green Bay. Former Redskin Chris Baker, now in Tampa Bay, had also attempted to recruit Jean-Francois on Twitter to join him with the Bucs.

By cutting Jean-Francois last week, Washington will save $3 million toward their 2017 salary cap. Some have also speculated whether his criticism of the franchise was a factor in the transaction.

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DeSean Jackson chose Tampa because he wanted a young QB with 'a lot of upside'

DeSean Jackson chose Tampa because he wanted a young QB with 'a lot of upside'

Kirk Cousins is a 28-year-old quarterback, which is pretty youthful by NFL standards, and he's thrown for 4,100+ and 4,900+ yards in the past two seasons, suggesting that his career is on the rise.

But when DeSean Jackson was evaluating where to ink his next contract during his time on the open market, he saw another passer who is younger than Cousins and, in his mind, has more potential than Cousins, too.

And that is one of the main reasons why Jackson left the Redskins and signed with the Buccaneers.

"I think it was a great fit, a great opportunity, a great up-and-coming, young team," the receiver said during an interview on ESPN's First Take. "Jameis [Winston], obviously, in my decision making, I really wanted to go with a young quarterback, someone who had a lot of upside to him and I think he was the one to fit that position."

Like Cousins, Winston has been a full-time starter for two seasons in the league, and like Cousins, he's posted some gaudy numbers.

Most of the numbers, however, don't stack up to Washington's QB. Cousins edges out Winston in touchdowns, completion percentage and yards, and has also taken fewer sacks and thrown fewer picks than the former Heisman Trophy winner, in the last two years.


With those stats in mind, it's safe to say the Michigan State product is superior to the Florida State product today. But after hearing Jackson say he valued Winston's "upside," it's not hard to take that a step further and conclude that Jackson believes Winston's ceiling is higher than Cousins' ceiling. On top of that, the latter's contract situation probably was a factor to some extent.

Speaking of Cousins, the pass catcher was asked to talk about his old signal caller. His response was complimentary — but also quite short.

"I think he has what it takes," Jackson said. "At times, we probably needed more out of him and everybody else on the team as well, too. Kirk Cousins, obviously his numbers are off the charts. He had crazy numbers. But moving forward man, we're in Tampa now." 

It was a speedy answer from a speedy player. And while that speedy player did speak highly of Cousins, he's opting to wind down his career with Winston instead, which basically declares that he decided Winston must have "what it takes" more than Cousins.

Jackson is certainly moving forward in Tampa, but whether his production will move upward with Winston isn't as certain.