Sports Illustrated's Peter King issued a "fantasy alert" last week onalmost Redskins receiver Eddie Royal, now with the San Diego Chargers.Normally I wouldn't waste precious time or website space letting folks know about a single projection of a non-Redskin or NFC East fantasy player, especially one that has been off the radar in recent years. King's take is Royal could catch 75 passes now that he's with Philip Rivers and the Chargers. I actually kind of like Royal as a late round sleeper, butI'm simply usingKing's latestforay into the world of fantasy footballas an excuseto remind of folks of one of his previous touts: draft Danny Wuerffel, "big numbers" coming.It's been nearly 10 years since among the things King thought he thought was that Wuerffel, who joined the Redskins in 2002 when Steve Spurrier brought pitch 'em and catch 'em to Washington, was one to own. Not just own, build your draft plan around. In this MMQBentry from August 2002, King informed readers of his then recent participation in a football panel and how he received some strange looks from the crowd regarding some of his suggestions. I wonder why.After saying go all in on Randy Moss in round one (more on this in a second), King offered up his quarterback strategy."Number two, I said if you couldn't get one of the stud quarterbacks -- Warner, Manning, Garcia, Favre, Gannon -- then solve your running back and receiver needs in the first two or three rounds, then pick Danny Wuerffel. You'd think I'd have recommended they pick the Pope. One guy piped up from the audience, and I quote: "You're smoking crack!" "I realize most of you have just vomited on your PCs, so let me explain. I can't swear Wuerffel will be the starting quarterback for the Redskins, though it would shock me if he were not. I can't swear that he'll be the starter for 16 weeks even if Steve Spurrier anoints him the starter on opening day. I do know, however, that Spurrier is going to enjoy proving the NFL wrong on Wuerffel, and that he will throw the ball early and often, and that by sheer force of will he will find a way to make the Washington passing game one of the league's best. It is conceivable that Wuerffel could throw for 3,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. Big fantasy numbers."It's not Monday morning quarterbacking to say this call was laughable from the word go. In five previous NFL seasons with three different teams, the weak-armed Wuerffel had done squat. Maybe King was, like many media members of that era, charmed by the Ol' Ball Coach Spurrier, who could not wait to reunite with his former University of Florida star . MaybeKing just thought Wuerffel's potent preseason play in Osaka was a sign of things to come.We all know what happened. Wuerffel began the year on the bench behind Shane Matthews, eventually started four games and threw three touchdown passes with six interceptions. The Redskins finished with a losing record, Wuerffel never played again in the NFL and Spurrier was out of Washington one season later. (As for Moss,the then Vikings starcaught a bunch of passes, butit turned out to be the only of hisfirst seven NFL seasons where he caught fewer than 10 touchdowns.)Faulty projections and picks are commonplace. Been there, done that. This one might have been the mother of such gaffes. Does this mean you should ignore King's take onRoyal or any other fantasy footballer he might take a shine toward this season? No, but don't forget it about either.
Following a slew of reports that cast doubt on the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Dianna Russini tweeted Tuesday that the impass is not about money.
There’s a lot of water under the bridge between Kirk Cousins & Washington. Told a long term deal "doesn’t look promising" by 7/17 #Redskins— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) June 27, 2017
I have spoken to many in regards to Redskins and Cousins...told there isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy...this is deeper— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) June 27, 2017
20 days until this long term contract deadline. We are at a point...the Redskins and Cousins need each other... but don't want each other.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) June 27, 2017
If the report is true, then Washington has run out of good options for retaining Cousins in the long term.
It's possible the team could use a third-straight franchise tag to keep him next season, but the price tag around $34 million would be astronomical for one season.
The transition tag would be worth in the neighborhood of $28 million.
Russini doesn't elaborate on the reasons behind her report that Cousins wouldn't be happy in Washington regardless of price. But it's important to note that both teams and players have incentive to create leverage in contract negotiations through the media.
The Redskins have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal with Cousins.
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Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp. Some positions are easy to handicap. Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?
Position: Interior offensive line
On the roster: Guards Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Kalis, Isaiah Williams; Centers Spencer Long, Chase Roullier, Ronald Patrick
Locks: Lauvao, Scherff, Kouandjio, Long
As noted here this morning, there seemed to be a pretty good chance that Lauvao would be on his way out. But free agency and the draft went by and no serious challenger for him was acquired. It looks like they will let him play out the last year of his free agent contract and then see what they want to do with him next year when he will be a 30-year-old free agent.
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The Redskins might like Kouandjio, going into his third season, to emerge as a viable option as Lauvao’s successor. He was not up to the task in a couple of spot starts last year. But, just like Lauvao, he can take some comfort in the fact that the organization did not expend any major resources on bringing in another guard for competition.
Scherff went to the Pro Bowl in his second year in the league. He will be a fixture at right guard for the next decade or so, provided the Redskins can figure out a way to get a third high-priced offensive lineman under the salary cap (in addition to tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses).
Long did a solid job in his first year as the starting center. He will anchor the line again this year. He is eligible for a contract extension and it will be interesting to see if talks heat up between now and training camp.
On the bubble: Roullier
In an ideal Redskins world, the rookie sixth-round pick would be able to learn center and both guard spots well enough to be a workable fill-in on game days. In the real world, that may not work. During minicamp, offensive line coach Bill Callahan told me that while he had been impressed with how well Roullier had picked things up so far, the real test will come with the pads on in Richmond.
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Long shots: Catalina, Kalais, Williams, Patrick
You never know what will happen during the preseason but it seems that the practice squad is the best hope for any of these guys to be around Ashburn in the fall. If injury or issues with Roullier’s development create a hole in the depth chart in the 53-man roster the organization is likely to go outside to find help off the waiver wire. Two or three on this list are likely to be back for another shot in 2018.