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Redskins outbid for Cutler

Redskins outbid for Cutler

I have an iPod Nano. It's one generation old and it's perfectly functional for what I need an iPod to do. It plays music fine and while the video screen is pretty small I can still watch stuff on it without killing my eyes.

I was in Costco last week and I saw the new iPod Touch. Much bigger screen, WiFi, you can use most of those cool apps made for the iPhone. It clearly is superior to my Nano.

But it carried a price tag of over $200. I probably could sell my Nano on Ebay and recoup some of the cost, but it still would be a net purchase of well over a hundred bucks. I went home, did some research on it, went back to the store picked up the card to take to the register to buy the Touch.

Before I got in line, however, I decided to stick with the Nano. I put the card back and walked away from the shiny new Touch. While the Touch certainly would have been an upgrade, the price of that upgrade didn't justify the added benefits.

I'm sure you know where I'm going here. Jason Campbell is that Nano that the Redskins already had and Jay Cutler was the slick, shiny model that the Redskins coveted. The Skins were willing to pay to upgrade. Apparently, they were willing to overpay, but only so much. When the price became too steep, they walked away.

Of course, it's not as simple as that. There were other factors in the unraveling of what seemed to be a done deal that would have brought Cutler to Washington and would have sent Campbell packing.

A big factor was that the Broncos weren't particularly interested in Campbell. I was told that by someone who knows the team well when all of this popped up a couple of weeks ago. According to John Keim, that may have been the deal breaker.

"They had the compensation," another NFL source said of the Redskins. "In the end they [the Broncos] chose Orton over Campbell."

To be sure, the Redskins could have sweetened the pot enough to make the Broncos swallow hard and accept Campbell. Or they could have gone further to make the three-way deal with Cleveland discussed in Keim's article, one that would have sent Brady Quinn to Denver, one that the other two parties couldn't refuse.

But even teams in a "covetous frenzy" as Michael Wilbon put it, have their limits. I'm not going to join those congratulating Snyder and Cerrato for their restraint because, from what I can gather, what they were willing to give up was still ridiculous. They just didn't cross the line to totally outrageous.

Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make. We'll have to follow the careers of Cutler, Campbell, and whoever the Redskins take in the first round this year and next to figure out if this trade the wasn't is one of those.

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NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

A lot has changed since the end of the college football season, and that's obvious when you consider all of the names the Redskins might look at with the 17th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 

Some players have surged up draft boards on the strength of strong combine or pro day efforts. Other have dropped, due to unfortunate incidents, injuries or poor measurements.

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Think about players like Teez Tabor or Zach Cunningham. Those guys play in the SEC and seemed like first-round locks two months ago. Now the 'Skins might be able to value shop for those players in the second round.

The flip side: A plyer like Haason Reddick. A star at the Senior Bowl who really busted out at the Combine, the Redskins might love to have him but he could be a Top 10 selection.

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All sorts of legal trouble and diluted urine samples will also impact draft night. Injuries too, or even the thought of possible injuries.

Few sporting events are as wild as the first round of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned with CSN for all your Redskins coverage. Chick Hernandez and Rich Tandler will be in Ashburn with the team, JP Finlay will be live in Philadelphia as the chaos unfolds. 

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Need to Know: Setting the odds on the Redskins' top draft pick one last time

Need to Know: Setting the odds on the Redskins' top draft pick one last time

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 27, 27 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 15
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 27
—Training camp starts (7/27) 91
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 136

Setting the odds one last time

So, today’s the day for the NFL draft and our final chance to make some Monopoly money on who the Redskins first-round pick will be. I’ve chosen five names from the various mock drafts out there and from my own analysis to come up with the five most likely players to be picked at No. 17. Then I broke out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and spread them out on the five players.

LB Haason Reddick, Temple, $30—Reddick could give the Redskins some versatility and learn the inside linebacker spot in the base 3-4 defense and then move to the edge in nickel situations. I’m nearing he’s a “hot” name but I’m not so sure I believe he’s a top-10 pick like I’ve been seeing in some mock drafts lately. Pick 17 seems to be about right for him.

LB Reuben Foster, Alabama, $25—Foster has more red flags than an interstate highway construction project, including a diluted drug test sample at the combine, multiple shoulder injuries, and getting upset during a wait for a medical test, also at the combine. But at some point, the talent makes the player too good a value to pass up at that point would be at No. 17.

Edge Takkarist McKinley, UCLA, $20—Of the five names on here this is the one with the least buzz. But the Redskins need an edge rusher and McKinley, who can win with speed and by being relentless, may be the best one available. A lot of fans may be surprised by this pick but nobody should be mad if it happens.

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State, $20—I’ve been going back and forth about Cook. He’s undoubtedly a talented runner with breakaway potential. But some injury concerns and his fumbling problems create doubts about him. Then again, as with Foster there is a point where the talent outweighs the flags. I’m not so sure that No. 17 is the spot where that happens but I would not be shocked if the Redskins think that it is.

RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, $10—This is another player who supposedly zoomed up draft boards over the last few weeks without playing a single down. Five or six weeks ago he was a late first-round pick. Then he was a lock to go to the Eagles at 14 overall. Now everyone has him going to the Panthers with the eighth pick. The movement seems to be based more on pack journalism rather than any actual information coming out of teams. I’m not going to completely dismiss the chatter but I think there is a good enough chance that McCaffrey will be there when the Redskins pick to throw a few long shot dollars on him.

Bonus bet: As far as possible trades go, with an additional $100, I’ll go with $15 on a trade up, $35 on trade down, and $50 on staying put at 17.

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