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Report: Redskins preparing for possible departure of Cousins

Report: Redskins preparing for possible departure of Cousins

While many fans are getting frustrated over the status of Kirk Cousins’ contract, saying and tweeting that they need to “pay the man”, there is a key component to the equation that is missing. Kirk Cousins has to want to take the money and it appears that the Redskins have doubts that he will take it.

On NFL Network, NFL Media reporter Steve Wyche talked about what he was told by some who work at Redskins Park. “Everything I’m hearing from the folks in that building is that 'Cousins has made it clear he does not want to be there,'" said Wyche. “He wants to get to San Francisco and play for Kyle Shanahan."

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Wyche also reported that the Redskins are going to focus on bolstering their defense in free agency and in the draft. They want to have a team that can win with defense, its solid offensive line, and a good running game regardless of whether Cousins is behind center or not.

The team’s options with their quarterback are limited. They can make Cousins stay and play under the franchise tag in 2017 but since to tag him for the third time would be prohibitively expensive they likely would lose him for no compensation.

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And if indeed Cousins is dead set on going to San Francisco that severely limits his trade value. Plus if Shanahan and the 49ers really want Cousins they can wait a year and land him with no draft pick or player compensation.

Cousins wanting out of Washington is something that has been making the rounds. What seems to be new here is the notion that the Redskins are now seeing that as cold, hard reality and they are preparing for his departure, whether it is this year or next.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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This Redskins rule proposal would make kickoffs more entertaining

This Redskins rule proposal would make kickoffs more entertaining

With his ability to limit opposing team's kickoff returners by consistently producing touchbacks, Dustin Hopkins is a solid weapon for the Redskins in the field position game. 

A rule that Washington is proposing to NFL owners at their upcoming meetings, however, suggests that the Redskins want Hopkins and other strong-legged kickers to become even more of an asset than they already are.

In addition, the rule would also breathe some much needed intrigue into kickoffs, which have been reduced to the second-best time to grab another beer behind a commercial break.

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The proposal is this: If a kicker splits the uprights with his kickoff, then the other team's offense will take the field at the 20-yard line. As things stand now, any touchback — whether it's downed in the end zone, flies out of the back or sails through the middle of the goalposts — is brought out to the 25-yard marker.

A rule this funky isn't likely to pass on its first time through voting. In fact, who knows if it'll ever pass. 

But maybe, just maybe, one day it will, and guys such as Hopkins and Justin Tucker will become a bit more valuable than they are currently. So, if you're ever watching an NFL game and hear the words, "THE KICK IS GOOD!" on a kickoff, you'll know which team to thank.

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Redskins add Brian Quick as receiving corps trends much taller than last season

Redskins add Brian Quick as receiving corps trends much taller than last season

The Redskins’ wide receiver corps is growing in more ways than one.

The team has signed former Rams wide receiver Brian Quick, according to the player’s agent. At 6-4, he would have towered over most of the Redskins’ other wide receivers a year ago. Now he’s just another tree in the forest.

The starting wide receivers were Pierre Garçon, who was 6-0, and DeSean Jackson, who was listed at 5-10 but that was being a bit generous. Now the Redskins will line up Terrelle Pryor, 6-4, on one side and the 6-2 Josh Doctson on the other. As substitutes they will be able to bring in Quick and the 6-3 Maurice Harris.

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It should be noted that Jamison Crowder is the favorite to end up as the team’s leading receiver and he measures 5-9. So it won’t be all about the big guys but having so many tall targets will help Kirk Cousins in the red zone, where the team struggled last year.

Being tall is one thing, but Quick must prove that he can be a consistently productive NFL receiver. Actually, the Redskins would be very happy if he can produce for them like he did for the Rams in 2016 when he caught 41 passes for 564 yards and three touchdowns. But before last year he never had more than 25 receptions or 375 yards in a single season.

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Quick’s addition could put the Redskins career of Ryan Grant in some jeopardy. Grant has been a favorite of the coaches of his work ethic but after playing 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons he has averaged 13 receptions for 137 yards per year. That makes it hard to stay around for a fourth year.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.