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Redskins to host Pro Bowl LB Zach Brown for free agent visit, per report

Redskins to host Pro Bowl LB Zach Brown for free agent visit, per report

Free agents haven't found the usual buckets of money laying around in the NFL this offseason, and perhaps nobody exemplifies that like former Bills linebacker Zach Brown. A Pro Bowler in 2016, many expected Brown to cash in once free agency opened, but the market has been oddly depressed.

That could mean the Redskins can get a relative bargain for the 6-foot-1, 244 lbs., former second-round pick out of North Carolina. Brown is slated to visit Washington on Monday according to multiple reports.

Drafted by Tennessee in 2012, the 27-year-old Brown spent the first four seasons of his career with the Titans. He missed nearly two full years, however, fighting injuries before his breakout 149 tackle campaign in 2016 with the Bills. Only Bobby Wagner of the Seahawks made more tackles than Brown last season.

Inside linebacker is not necessarily a big need for the Redskins, as starters Mason Foster remains under contract and Will Compton is a restricted free agent, but Brown would be a boost for the linebacking group and provide a sure tackler in the center of Greg Manusky's retooled defense. 

In an unexpected development, many NFL players are signing one-year contracts this offseason. Brown has already visited with the Raiders and Dolphins, and logic would suggest he hasn't been met with a contract he finds suitable. Washington has brought in three new starters on the defense in the last month: defensive linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain and safety D.J. Swearinger. All three of those players got multi-year contracts, though the team signed receiver Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal. 

Cost will likely be an issue for the 'Skins to pursue Brown. Speaking with reporters in Phoenix at the NFL League Meetings, team president Bruce Allen suggested the Redskins would continue to monitor the free agent market but not to expect any splash signings. Consider that Washington has 10 draft picks approaching, and will need around $2 million to get all of those players under contract. 

As of now, the 'Skins are about $11 million under the salary cap. Brown is the type of player that could be a difference maker for Washington, and perhaps get the front office to open up the checkbook. 

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The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.

While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.

"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."

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Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.

Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.

"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."

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The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

You already know the Redskins' 2017 schedule. But do you know what makes each opponent on that schedule a threat, or what pressing question each of those teams needs to answer?

With free agency and the draft in the past, and OTAs now picking up, it's finally time to really start previewing the upcoming NFL season. With that in mind, CSNmidatlantic.com has created a gallery that does just that. 

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Look no further than the link above or below to find out the new faces the Redskins will be dealing with starting this fall, as well as where their foes are strongest. Plus, you'll get a look at a to-do item the 13 franchises that Washington's slated to play must address out in order for their own campaigns to be successful. 

As a Redskins fan, you're familiar with all things Burgundy and Gold. Allow this gallery to update you on everyone else.

CLICK HERE FOR CSN'S SCOUTING REPORT ON EACH OF THE REDSKINS' 2017 OPPONENTS