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Report: Broncos will allow Decker to test free agent market


Report: Broncos will allow Decker to test free agent market

Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker will be a free agent in March. He had a chance to increase his market value with a stellar performance in the Super Bowl last night but he came up short, catching just one pass for six yards as Denver suffered a 43-8 blowout.

Regardless of his performance on the big stage, Decker will still command substantial interest in the free agent market after catching 87 passes for 1,288 yards. And it appears that the Broncos will let him test the market. Could the Redskins be one of the teams in competition for his services?

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network the Broncos do not intend to sign Decker prior to the start of free agency on March 11. The team would like to have him back and they are hoping that Decker will come back to them to give them a chance to respond to the best offer. But Decker doesn’t have to do that. Many teams frown on being used to get a better offer elsewhere and any unsigned he takes back to the Broncos to match could be withdrawn.

The truth is that the Broncos simply can’t afford to pay Decker more than he is likely to get elsewhere. They have about $15 million in cap space but they have a few other free agent priorities like linebacker Shaun Phillips and they face the need to offer big contracts to linebacker Von Miller and receiver Demaryius Thomas. That might not leave room for a highly-paid No. 2 receiver.

Decker may be reluctant to leave a successful team with all-time great Peyton Manning at quarterback. But Manning is likely to be around for only another season or two and Decker’s contract will extend beyond that.

The Redskins are looking for a second wide receiver to pair with Pierre Garçon. Decker, who turns 27 next month and at 6-3 has the size that Jay Gruden likes is likely to be on the list of players that the Redskins will consider. It might be difficult to fit him in under the salary cap as Garçon has a fairly sizeable contract (5 years, $42.5 million, 2014 cap number $9.7 million) and squeezing another big WR contract in might harm their ability to fill other needs.

Bottom line, a Decker-Redskins union does not seem likely but it can’t be ruled out completely.

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Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

RICHMOND - Everything seemed cool at the Bon Secours training facility when Jay Gruden left the podium on Wednesday, but that quickly changed when the Redskins released their  Physically Unable to Perform list a few hours later. Jordan Reed landing on the PUP list was an unexpected bomber, a big deal even if the star tight end returns to the field quickly.

On Thursday, the Redskins will take to the field for their first day of training camp. There will be plenty of questions:

  1. When and why? Reed on the PUP list for the first day of camp does not mean Redskins fans should panic, but it also doesn't mean there isn't reason for alarm. Reed has a distinct injury history and it seems the team is being smart trying to handle an injury rather than let it linger. The Washington offense is at its best with Reed on the field. Jay Gruden will be asked about Reed a lot in his Thursday press conference; perhaps their will be some clarity.
  2. D-Line questions - Rookie Jonathan Allen should immediately help the 'Skins up front defensively, but beyond that, there are no sure things in the trenches. The Redskins added Stacy McGee from the Raiders and Terrell McClain from the Cowboys in free agency, and both are expected to have a significant role right away. Those guys have had productive flashes in their past, but injuries have been an issue. The Redskins need them to be good, and healthy, right away.
  3. Time to shine - Josh Doctson hardly had a rookie season as he dealt with Achilles injuries. He played just two games in 2016. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon gone, the Redskins need last year's first-round draft pick to produce in 2017. A strong training camp, develping chemistry with Kirk Cousins, could help calm fears about the revamped 'Skins offense. 

Stay with CSN all day for updates from the Redskins first training camp practice of the 2017 season. Football is finally here.


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Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

RICHMOND—Redskins fans got into a panic when the news that Jordan Reed will start the season on the PUP list with a sprained big toe. But the injury is no cause for great concern. At least not for now.

It’s not that Reed isn’t an important cog in the offense. Of course he is. He was No. 2 in our ranking of the Redskins who will have the most impact in 2017. But there is every indication that the move is precautionary. History indicates that toe injuries tend to linger. Similar to hamstring injuries, the best path often is to rest and rehab until the pain is gone and then rest and rehab a little while longer. That minimizes the chances of the injury coming back.

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The irony here is that Reed did not go to OTAs in order to work on conditioning in Miami. Most areas of his body probably are bullet proof. But there is not a lot you can do to prevent a toe injury; it’s just not one of those areas of the body you can fortify with conditioning.

We don’t yet have a timetable for Reed’s return. They will not be in any hurry. Reed knows the offense and he has good timing and rapport with Kirk Cousins. After missing OTAs he came in a dominated the two-day minicamp. The Redskins could choose to have him work on rehab and conditioning until the third preseason game one month from today. They can let him get a little tune up against the Bengals and then put him back in bubble wrap until they open the season against the Eagles on September 10.

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That sounds like a good plan but there is always the possibility of a relapse. These injuries are tricky. And while it’s too soon to panic, some great concern would be warranted if Reed still is on PUP in a month.

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