Jason La Canfora has come up with his list of the best and worst contracts in the NFL and the Redskins make an appearance in both categories.The former Redskins beat writer and current CBSsports.com analyst believes that Brian Orakpo has one of the best deals in the NFL, at least from the team standpoint. He will make 1.39 million this year, although incentives could push that higher. For a guy who has two Pro Bowl appearances and has averaged near double digit sacks in his three years, thats a good bargain.Like most good prices, this one is for a limited time only. His rookie deal is up after the 2013 season and you can expect talk of an extension to start up next spring. The good news is that the Redskins 36 million cap penalty will have been paid off in full by 2014 so that will not be a hinderance to getting Orakpo, who will be turning 28 then, a fair deal.The other two Redskins mentioned in the article are both on the bad contracts list. Left tackle Trent Williams is slated to make 12 million this year, largely as result of the salary slot dictated by his draft position in 2010, which was fourth overall. For that kind of money, La Canfora says, you should expect a solid if not dominant player who knows enough to stay away from situations that will get him suspended for four games.Those are fair points. But Williams did start to come on before the suspension and at the age of 24 all certainly is not lost for him. His salary drops to 5 million next year and if he has the kind of season that Mike and Kyle Shanahan think he can, he could move into the bargains category.The other bad deal on the list belongs to DeAngelo Hall, who will make 6.5 million this year. Thats too much, says La Canfora, for a player who gambles and gets burned way too often and is a so-so tackler on his better days.Again, valid criticism. The only way Hall will be able to live up to his salary is if the Redskins can muster enough offense to be playing with the lead a substantial amount of the time. That would allow him to play more aggressively and pile up some interceptions. An improvement in the pass rush, which was decent at times last year, would help Hall as well.
Rookie camps are in the books as teams now move to organized team activities. Does that mean it's too early for fantasy football rankings?
Probably, but seeing as the rookies are new to the scene, we might as well start projecting where and how they fit.
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Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Sterling Shepard and Michael Thomas were among the rookies who produced and then some in 2016.
Based on the early rounds of the 2017 NFL draft, there’s hope for even more first-year standouts.
Starting with the Bears selecting quarterback Mitch Trubisky second overall, 19 skill players were drafted in the first and second round.
That includes fellow first-round quarterback selections Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Several sleeper candidates followed.
Here’s my look at the Elite Eight quarterbacks with the 2017 fantasy football season -- and beyond -- in mind.
2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings:
* Running Backs - No. 1, Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
* Wide receivers - No. 1, Corey Davis, Titans
Free agency is done. The draft is history. Rookie minicamp is in the rearview and the 90-man offseason roster has been filled out. Now comes the difficult part for Jay Gruden and his staff: putting it all together. With OTAs set to begin on Tuesday, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler will examine top priorities on Gruden’s to-do list as he prepares the team for training camp in Richmond later this summer.
Up today …
Finlay: There's a lot to do on the Redskins defensive line, and it starts in the middle. Expect free agent addition Stacy McGee to have a big opportunity to take over the nose tackle job. McGee ranked as a +5.5 run defender last season as rated by Pro Football Focus, and at 6-foot-3 and 308 lbs., he has the size to man the middle. McGee has plenty of talent, health has been his hiccup. He has only played all 16 games in one of his four seasons, and in 2016, he played only nine games.
Beyond McGee, the Redskins have some lottery tickets. Practice squad players A.J. Francis and Joey Mbu both have the size to play nose, but neither have the experience. Could Francis or Mbu emerge for significant snaps with the Washington defense? Sure, but it would be unexpected.
A bigger lottery ticket remains. Phil Taylor, a former first-round pick in 2012, has shown serious talent at the nose tackle position. At 6-foot-3 and 337 lbs., Taylor certainly has the size for the spot. At the same time, Taylor hasn't played an NFL game since 2014, losing both 2015 and 2016 to injury. Counting on Taylor would be short-sighted, but if he can remain healthy, there could be big value.
According to Jay Gruden, the most important piece of the nose tackle puzzle will come from new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Gruden said he expects Tomsula to "make" a nose tackle and improve the Redskins D-line. It's a tall order, but Tomsula has an impressive track record working in the trenches.
Tandler: The organization’s refusal to get a legitimate nose tackle either in free agency or in the draft will lead to them again spend the spring and summer trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
That’s what they did last year with Ziggy Hood. He took a lot of snaps at nose tackle and he simply wasn’t a fit for the job. It wasn’t his fault that the Redskins allowed a league-worst 5.0 yards per rushing attempt on first down; he’s an end and he was much more effective there.
Matt Ioannidis, a 2016 fifth-round pick, also took some snaps at nose, with similar results. At 6-3, 308, he just doesn’t have the size to be effective.
The worst part of it here is that they really can’t get too far in identifying the 2017 nose tackle. In the spring with no pads and no contact allowed they really can’t do much besides work on technique and learn assignments. Tomsula’s effort to “make” a nose tackle won’t really get going until they get to Richmond in late August.
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