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Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

In Mason Foster, Will Compton, and the newly-signed Zach Brown, the Redskins have three inside linebackers still in their 20s with a combined 199 games of NFL experience including 150 starts.

But they are far from set at the position with the NFL draft just a little over three weeks away.

Brown signed a one-year contract while Foster is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in 2016. Compton is on a restricted free agent tender, a deal he has not yet signed. While he still could end up with a multi-year deal with the Redskins or with another team the most likely scenario at this point seems to be that he will play on the RFA tender this year and then join Brown and Foster as unrestricted free agents in 2018.

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They also have veteran Chris Carter on a one-year deal this year and recent draft picks Martrell Spaight and Steven Daniels in the fold for two and three more years, respectively. Zach Vigil, picked up on waivers late last season, will be a restricted free agent next year. While all those players have some potential to contribute, it is not known if any of them can start or even play a regular role.

Because of this, the Redskins are unlikely to change their draft plans after signing Brown. If they had Reuben Foster, Zach Cunningham and Haason Reddick high on their board last week they should remain there this week. Any mid-round inside backers who were on the board last week likely are still there.

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Regardless of what they do or don’t do at inside linebacker in the draft there will be some serious competition for jobs. Compton, Foster, and Brown are locks. Spaight started a game when Compton was injured last year and he is one the team would like to hold on to. Still, he likely would have to compete Daniels, Carter, and Vigil for one of the two remaining roster spots.

If a draft pick or two is thrown into the mix the Redskins may have to carve out a sixth roster spot at ILB. If they do it won’t be because they need the player this year. The contract situations force them to think about 2018 and beyond.

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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys who can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys. The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.

Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation.

The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family.

 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 

 

Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.

 

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