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Dos uno's wasn't enough to get Ocho Cinco to Washington.

I would have posted this sooner, but I was out looking for thank-you cards for Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis. However, the local Hallmark store had nothing in their "thanks for saving an organization from self-destructing" line.

Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato have been drawing praise since the departure of Joe Gibbs because, for the most part, they have done nothing.

After seeing what they offered the Cincinnati Bengals in an effort to obtain Chad Johnson there is fervent hope on the part of many that they will crawl back into their hole.

If you read this space with any regularity, you know that I tend to give the Redskins' organization the benefit of the doubt. However, none of that is forthcoming here.

Snyder and Cerrato's decision (and I have to join them at the hip in looking at this as it has the fingerprints of both of them all over it) to offer the Bengals their first-round pick this year and a conditional pick that would be at least a third and perhaps a first in exchange for disgruntled wide receiver Chad Johnson was stupid.

Incredibly stupid.

Crazy stupid.

Stupid and stupider.

I don't have a problem with Johnson, the persona. While I'm decidedly the old-school type, the celebrations, the list of cornerback "victims" and the brash talk that make up the Ocho Cinco character are no big deal. I've been a reporter in a locker room looking for a good quote and it would have been refreshing and fun to have such entertainment at hand.

And Johnson does produce on the field. He cranks out 90-catch, 1,400 yard seasons with regularity. Certainly, the Redskins' offense would have been better had the Bengals taken the bait.

It would have been better in 2008, anyway. And probably in 2009. Beyond that the returns from the deal would start to diminish. And that is the rub.

Johnson celebrated his 30th birthday last January. The production of most football players who are not quarterbacks generally starts to drop off at that age. CJ does keep himself in excellent shape so he may be able to cheat Father Time out of a season or two. But anything beyond that would be a lot to ask for.

It would be a questionable deal if the team was one playmaking wide receiver away from a Super Bowl run. But they're not.

They are a couple of good drafts away from being a perennial contender. The odds of executing a good draft are much better when you, you know, have all of your picks.

Now, there is no guarantee that the Redskins' will be able to land a wide receiver of the quality of Johnson with the #21 pick. In fact, it's unlikely that they will. But they are likely to be able to get one who will be productive for the next half dozen years at a fraction of the salary cap cost of CJ.

Even if Snyder and Cerrato decided that they had to have Johnson, why not wait it out to see if the price drops? It certainly isn't going to get any higher. A Chad Johnson sitting out and making noise in late August might be able to be acquired for a relative song.

Evidently, Snyder took Lewis' pronouncement last February that Johnson would not be traded as the Bengals' coach saying that it would take a hell of an offer to get him out of Cincy. As it turns out, what Lewis said was not a negotiating ploy; it was a statement of fact.

It's also a statement of fact to say that the Redskins' personnel decision-making is in highly questionable hands.

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QB run will come at NFL Draft, but when it happens matters most for Redskins

QB run will come at NFL Draft, but when it happens matters most for Redskins

Quarterbacks will come off the board in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. That much is certain. Where those quarterbacks come off the board, however, matters much more for the Redskins. 

Mitchell Trubisky will be the first passer off the board, and depending on the information, he could be drafted as high as the first overall pick, and will certainly go early.

Trubisky, though, seems like the only certainty of a QB going early. Questions plague guys like Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Those guys could all go in the first half of the draft, but they could all slide into the 20s as well. 

For Washington, the earlier quarterbacks get drafted the better. It seems highly unlikely the Redskins make a draft day trade of QB Kirk Cousins, limiting hardly any interest in a first-round passer.

The more passers that go before the 'Skins pick at 17 means the more high-quality players slide down the draft board. Look around the internet at lists of the best prospects available. Hardly any signal callers crack the Top 20, but the positional need at QB demands the position be overdrafted.

Though the Burgundy and Gold continue to slow-play contract talks with Cousins, he is under contract for 2017 and the team holds an option for 2018. That means Bruce Allen can sit in his draft room and potentially be a trade partner for a team that wants to land a QB, or just wait patiently and watch as they come off the board and send other desirable prospects closer to 17.

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Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 25, one day before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 16
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 28
—Training camp starts (7/27) 92
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 137

Wrapping up the Redskins pre-draft presser

We’ve looked at a some of what Redskins college scouting director Scott Campbell said during his pre-draft press conference on Monday, covering possible trades, who makes the final call on those trades, and how the organization handles character issues. Here are a few more bullet points from Campbell’s presser:

—Asked if the Redskins would draft to fill needs or take the best available player, Campbell gave the stock answer. “I guess as you asked the question, you kind of framed it and the way I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.” So, there you go. That said, don’t be surprised if the best players as defined by the Redskins in the first few also happen have the “bonus” of filling one the team’s top two or three needs.

—The needs could line up well because the strength of the draft as Campbell sees it coincides with side of the ball where the Redskins need the most help. “Well, I’m excited because I think it’s one of the strongest, deepest classes on the defensive side of the ball that I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve told the guys upstairs I’m excited because we’re going to get better . . . And several different positions – sometimes it’s just maybe defensive line or outside backers or corners. Across the board on defense, I’m really excited about the class and the guys we’re going to bring in are going to help us.”

—The draft board is still used after the draft ends and the scramble for undrafted free agents starts up. “There’s going to be guys left on the bottom of that board that didn’t get drafted that we had rated as draftable,” said Campbell. “So that’s our No. 1 targets. I assign a scout to all the coaches, and really the coaches talk to the players – once the draft ends, let me be clear, it’s after the draft ends when we start making calls – the scouts are on the phone with the agent finding out what our competition is, how much.” Campbell said that money isn’t much of a factor in recruiting the undrafted players; selling opportunity is the key.

—The draft board was influenced by former GM Scot McCloughan but adjustments have been made since he was fired in early March. “Well, he certainly had influence on it because we all met as we always did the last couple of years and every team does. You meet right after the all-star games before you go to the combine and kind of get an initial ranking of how you like the guys. Of course Scot hadn’t been here since, so just like when he was here before, there’s adjustments being made to the board with the new information.”

—The 2016 draft class did not contribute a lot but does not mean that there is more pressure on the organization to do better this year. The pressure is always there regardless. “Always pressure. Every year’s pressure,” said Campbell. “I grew up in an NFL household. My dad was a coach and a player for 40 years. Pressure every year to perform, that’s what the NFL is. You’ve got to perform every year.” His father was Marion Campbell who played in the NFL for eight years and then coached for 21 seasons including stints as the head coach of the Eagles and Falcons.

—Campbell also asked for a little patience with the 2016 draft class, citing a group from a few years ago. “It takes a couple of years to develop a class,” said Campbell. “People are saying the ‘14 class had some success. Well, if I read articles and see what happened and what was said right after that draft, our grades in the mock drafts were not very good. It takes time. Morgan Moses didn’t start his first year, you know, but he’s come on to be one of the best right tackles in the league. That’s my opinion anyway. It takes time to develop. I still think with time, that class [2016] will be just fine.” I guess I buried the lede here—Campbell reads draft grades.

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