Quick Links

Tandler's Tweetbag: When do the Redskins go back to work?

Mike+Shanahan+Angry.jpg

Tandler's Tweetbag: When do the Redskins go back to work?

Here are some good questions I have received on Twitter (@Rich_TandlerCSN) that deserve a response of more then 140 characters. Feel free to hit me with questions any time.

From @skinsrockflair: Hi Rich. Have you heard anything on [cornerback Chase] Minnifield as far as rehab or expectations that he could play next year?

Normally we do not get rehab updates on players who are on injured reserve. While the doctors and trainers monitor the progress of the rehab process the coaches are not focused on players who will be unable to play this year. Unless a player happens to drop by the locker room while it is open to the media as Fred Davis did last week we just don’t get any updates. We will find out more about Minnifield when conditioning and OTA’s start in the spring.

From @P_Hazard: Will CB Pat Lee be a more likely target for Redskins than Stanford Routt?

The Raiders cut starting cornerback Patrick Lee in order to bring cornerback Ron Bartell off of the revocable IR list. Whenever a starting defensive back hits the market, Redskins fans ask about whether or not their team will be interested. And while it’s possible that the Redskins will take a look at Lee, who has played in 40 NFL games with eight starts in four NFL seasons with the Packers and Raiders, it would be surprising to see the Redskins sign him. They seem to be of the mind that while their secondary is bad they aren’t going to get any substantial help by singing players who were cut by bad teams. So, as they did with Routt, who was released by the Chiefs a couple of weeks ago, they are likely to bypass the opportunity to sign Lee.

From @AndyMoneybags: When does the team resume practice? The usual wed? That’s a lot of time off...

Certainly, the Redskins look like a team that could use some more work. Even if they need to rest their bodies, one would think they could benefit from additional film and meeting time. But a mental break from the game can be just as important as a physical break. And even if Mike Shanahan thought otherwise and wanted to work the team during the bye he couldn’t. The CBA requires five days off during the bye so they are off Wednesday through Sunday. They will report to Redskins Park tomorrow for meetings and perhaps a light practice (we don’t yet have a media schedule). They will be off on Tuesday, another CBA requirement, before starting preparation for the Eagles in earnest on Wednesday.

From Trey_DavisIII: hey Mr. Rich. What do you think the chances of Tanard Jackson coming back to the team this off season is? It would help.

I got a few questions about Jackson both about this year and next. And while the door isn’t closed to him returning to the Redskins it will be a very tricky path. Jackson can’t set foot in an NFL facility until August 30, 2013 at the earliest. He can apply for reinstatement then but there is no guarantee that he will be allowed to come back. So the Redskins would be foolish to rely on his return to fill a hole at safety. They will have to make other plans and if Jackson can return he might serve as added depth. Another possibility is that they may simply release him and clear his $700,000 salary off of the books.

                        


Quick Links

Need to Know: Why can't the Redskins sign Garcon and Jackson?

Need to Know: Why can't the Redskins sign Garcon and Jackson?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 22, 15 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 7
—NFL Combine (3/2) 8
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 54
—NFL Draft (4/27) 64
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 200

Why not both Garçon and DJax?

Today's question is from my Facebook page. 

Thanks for the good words, Dennis. There are a few reasons why the Redskins are unlikely to bring back both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson and why it’s possible that neither wide receiver will be back for the 2017 season.

One factor is age. Garçon will be 31 early in training camp and Jackson will turn the same age on December 1. While both are in great shape, investing fairly big money (more on that in a moment) in even one aging receiver is risky. Investing it in two is asking for major cap problems in a year or two.

Both receivers will get substantial contracts. In a market that is thin at the position, each player will get three- or four-year deals worth around $10 million per year. While either one could be cut prior to the end of the deal, the contracts likely will be structured so that if they are released after a year or two the team letting the player go will have to absorb an uncomfortable salary cap hit.

Having that much money tied up in two aging players at one position is dicey in and of itself. But a complicating factor here is Jamison Crowder. He is the team’s future at the position. This year he will complete the third year of his rookie deal making him eligible for a contract extension. If he continues to improve he will want something in that $10 million per year neighborhood. He might not get that much but he’ll get at least $8 million.

So, looking at 2018, if they signed both Garçon and Jackson this year and extend Crowder next season the Redskins would have three receivers taking up close to $30 million in cap space. That is too much. The Redskins were second in the league in spending on WR’s last year with “only” $23.5 million. The organization would be squeezed when it came to paying players at other positions.

I’ll hit on one more thing quickly, since I’m going to write a full post about it soon. Assuming the Redskins tag Kirk Cousins, they suddenly don’t have a whole lot of cap space. Their $64 million available would shrink to around $40 million. That’s still a pretty good chunk of money but they also must get 1-2 defensive linemen and perhaps a safety in free agency, and be prepared to handle possible extensions for Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Trent Murphy, and Bashaud Breeland.

They could still squeeze one or both receivers in under the cap this year. That would mean some short-term gain for some long-term (as in the next two or three seasons) pain.

Tandler on Twitter

In case you missed it

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.

Quick Links

New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

screen_shot_2017-02-21_at_6.16.29_pm.png
CSN Mid-Atlantic

New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 

RELATED: 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT 3.0

Want more Redskins? Check out @JPFinlayCSN for live updates or click here for the #RedskinsTalk Podcast on iTuneshere for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!