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TE Jordan Reed wants Redskins to re-sign Jackson, Garçon

TE Jordan Reed wants Redskins to re-sign Jackson, Garçon

A year ago, Jordan Reed signed a five-year contract extension that ties him to the Redskins through the 2021 season. Now, it appears that he’s concerned about looking around this fall and finding himself one of very few legitimate offensive weapons on the field.

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent as are wide receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson. Those three and Reed have been by far the most important cogs in the offense for the past two seasons. Reed doesn’t like the prospect of fighting to get open against NFL defenses without the other three being there.

“We got to bring Kirk back,” said Reed on SiriusXM NFL Radio via the Washington Post. We got to bring two of our most valuable weapons back—Pierre and [Jackson]—for us to have a shot.”

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The prospect of all three returning to play with Reed in 2017 seem slim right now. Cousins likely will be back either with the franchise tag or with a long-term contract. But the team is unlikely to be willing to invest in their two receivers, both of whom turned 30 last year. At least one of them probably be allowed to walk in free agency and it’s possible that both will be gone.

If the latter scenario plays out the team would lose a pair of receivers who gained over 1,000 yards last year. Although that could lead to more targets for Reed, it seems he’d rather maintain the status quo and go with the group that helped him get the extension, which is worth $46.75 million.

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Jay Gruden opens training camp with Kirk Cousins name joke

Jay Gruden opens training camp with Kirk Cousins name joke

On Wednesday afternoon, Jay Gruden took to the podium in Richmond, Va. to officially open the start of the Washington Redskins' training camp.

The head coach when through the particulars: injuries, conditioning, what he's expecting, etc.

But as Gruden is to do from time to time, he fired off a great zinger.

When asked by a media member about Kirk Cousins' one-year deal, Gruden asked for clarification.

"Kirk or Kurt? Kirk with a K?," he quipped in reference to the kerfuffle regarding Bruce Allen's pronunciation of Cousins' first name.

WATCH THE ENTIRE CLIP IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE

Gruden is a funny guy, a lot funnier than he propbably gets credit for.

Lets hope this continues, because recurring jokes are the best.

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A possible trade destination for Redskins RB Matt Jones?

A possible trade destination for Redskins RB Matt Jones?

RICHMOND—The Redskins reportedly have been looking to trade running back Matt Jones since just before the draft. They may be able to find a partner just up I-95.

The Baltimore Ravens are in need of a running back after Kenneth Dixon suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this week. Terrance West, who gained 774 yards on the ground last year, is healthy and returning but the Ravens want more depth at the position.

That is where Jones could come into play. The 2015 third-round pick of the Redskins was the unquestioned starter going into last season. But fumbling and other issues prompted Jay Gruden to make him inactive the last nine games of the season. Jones further fell out of favor by skipping OTAs this year, a move he made on the advice of his now-former agent.

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Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said last year that he liked Jones “a lot” in the 2015 draft and he could well still be intrigued by his size and speed. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said that Jones could be a good fit for the Ravens in their current situation.

It should be noted that Hensley seems to be engaging in informed speculation and not relaying anything he heard from the team’s decision makers. He also speaks of the possibility of Baltimore picking up Jones after the Redskins release him.

But there could be some incentive for the Ravens to talk trade with the Redskins rather than waiting for Jones to hit the waiver wire. For one thing, getting their new back in sooner rather than later would benefit the Ravens, allowing the player to get acclimated to his new quarterback and offensive line. While the Redskins are inevitably going to cut Jones, they have no incentive to do so before the final cuts just before the start of the season. Perhaps the Ravens will want to give up some minor compensation, something like a swap of sixth- and seventh-round picks, to get Jones in for the start of training camp.

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Hensley also mentions the possibility that the Ravens will look at former Redskin Alfred Morris for depth at running back. He currently is buried on the Cowboys’ depth chart behind All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden. However, there is the possibility of a domestic-violence suspension on the horizon for Elliott. While the suspension is likely to be brief the Cowboys probably don’t want to depart with any running back depth until the matter has been settled.

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.