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Redskins ink Reinhardt, release three

Redskins ink Reinhardt, release three

The Washington Redskins have signed their starting left guard for 2009 and beyond.

Chad Reinhardt, the team's third-round draft pick out of Northern Iowa, signed a four-year contract on Thursday. He got minimum salaries for the four years, as is typical for a third-round pick, plus a signing bonus of slightly over $600,000. There are escalator clauses based on playing time that could add an extra $700,000 in the final year of the deal.

This is succession planning at its finest. Reinhardt should slide right into the second string slot at left guard. Starter Pete Kendall turned 35 two days ago and he is entering the second year of a two-year extension he signed with the Redskins when they traded for him last year. Assuming that Reinhardt responds to Joe Bugel's coaching, he should occupy the starting job on opening day, 2009.

Reinhardt was drafted with the supplemental pick the Redskins received in compensation (primarily) for the loss of left guard Derrick Dockery to free agency prior to the 2007 season.

While adding Reinhardt, the Redskins cut three other players. They only had to cut one to create a spot on the 80-man roster for Reinhardt, so come other moves could be imminent.

Released were defensive end Tommy Davis, center Kyle DeVan and quarterback Sam Hollenbach.

The release of DeVan is somewhat interesting since, although he wasn't expected to make the team, he was the only center on the roster behind Casey Rabach. Since Rabach isn't going to make every snap with every unit during training camp, it seems likely that the Redskins have another option at that position in mind.

Davis spent some time on the practice squad last year but the Redskins are high on prospects Alex Buzbee and Chris Wilson at defensive end so he faced very long odds. There still are eight defensive ends on the roster and it's likely that only five will end up on the final roster.

The waiving of Hollenbach, who spent some time on the active roster last year after Jason Campbell got injured, means that Jim Zorn chose Derek Devine as the fourth QB. While that's not a great spot in which to be, should Colt Brennan have difficulty recovering from his hip injury or if it's demonstrated that his dazzling numbers at Hawaii were just a product of the offensive system and weak competition, Devine could land himself a roster spot. Devine spent last year's training camp with Zorn in Seattle after being signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall.

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Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Of course, Kirk Cousins is disappointed the Redskins didn’t make the playoffs, but among the various things he’s done in the offseason, one of them is a little curious.

Sunday, Cousins wasn’t just watching the Falcons dominate the Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship Game. He sent out a picture on Instagram from the stands of the Georgia Dome.

“Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!” Cousins wrote.

But — especially with rumors that Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be offered the head coaching position with the 49ers — is there more to this post than the Redskins’ quarterback simply watching the game?

Shanahan was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator from 2010-2013 and was reportedly “integral” in the team selecting Cousins in the 2012 NFL Draft.

So if Shanahan makes the move out to San Francisco and if the Redskins don’t put a franchise tag on Cousins, could the pair be reunited?

It’s possible, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who said, “don’t be surprised if the 49ers make a run at Kirk Cousins if the Redskins do not make him their exclusive franchise player.”

There’s a lot of if’s involved for that to happen, but it’s possible. It’s also possible Cousins was just enjoying the NFC Championship Game and decided to Instagram about it. 

MORE REDSKINS: Why Matt Cavanaugh makes sense for Washington

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3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
  2. Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
  3. Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden. 

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