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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Kirk Cousins will be the Redskins quarterback in 2017. Period. At least that's the word from team president Bruce Allen.
"That's why we franchised him," Allen said of Cousins.
Asked about numerous trade rumors and reports on the Redskins single season passing record holder, Allen dismissed them all.
"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."
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Allen has spoken with Cousins representatives a number of times this offseason, and the organization still wants to get a long-term deal done with their passer.
"Our goal from the beginning has been long-term," the team president said. "I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."
The team could again use a tag on Cousins, an option Allen mentioned.
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PHOENIX -- The Redskins suffered a public divorce when the team dismissed Scot McCloughan from his general manager position earlier this month. Bruce Allen, speaking with CSN in Phoenix at the NFL Owner's Meetings, explained just how hard the decision was.
"It was difficult because his father and brother and I worked together for a number of years with the Raiders and enjoyed success together. When I brought [Scot McCloughan] to the Redskins obvisouly I was hoping for a good marriage. It is disapointing."
Allen said his organization needed clarity once free agency opened up, and removing McCloughan provided that.
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"I thought on the first day of the league year [March 9], the free agents we were bringing in, we needed clarity. And for our scouts to continue the good work we were doing we needed clarity for the season," he said. "The opening day made the decision."
Interstingly, Allen unequiovocally explained that McCloughan can go work elsewhere in the NFL.
"We hope it works out for Scot because now he can be hired by teams before the draft. He's available, and wish him the best."
Allen would not comment on any personal issues with McCloughan.
"I would never go into the personal conversations."
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