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The Redskins have spent a ton of draft resources on quarterbacks

The Redskins have spent a ton of draft resources on quarterbacks

If one of the reasons you don’t want the Redskins to draft Marcus Mariota if he’s there when they are on the clock is that they keep on spending their limited resources on quarterbacks, well, you may be onto something.

The outstanding website Football Perspective took a look and said that only four teams have expended more draft value chart points (by their calculation, using the Approximate Value metric) on quarterbacks. The Lions have spent the most, 78.4 draft value points, followed by the Jaguars, Raiders, Falcons, and Redskins, who have spent 69.4 draft value points on quarterbacks since 2000. In return, Washington has obtained Todd Husak, Sage Rosenfels, Patrick Ramsey, Gibran Hamdan, Jason Campbell, Jordan Palmer, Colt Brennan, Kirk Cousins, and Robert Griffin III.

But this method of calculating substantially understates how much Washington has spent on quarterbacks. It doesn’t count trades and the Redskins have racked up quite a bill in draft pick trades for quarterbacks.

The FP study, for example, accounts only for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft (30.2 value points) the Redskins used for Griffin. But in reality, Griffin cost four picks. Washington spent the 6th and 39th picks in 2012, the 22nd pick in 2013, and the 2nd pick in 2014 for the one pick to take Griffin. Looking at Football Perspective’s chart, that is a total of 79.6 draft value points alone to get Griffin, more than the Lions have spent for their five QB’s.

As they say, wait, there’s more. Jason Campbell was selected with the 25th pick in 2005. To get that pick, the Redskins traded their third-round pick that year (76th) and their first (22nd) and fourth (119th) in 2006. So instead of costing 13.9 draft value points (the value of the 25th pick), he actually cost them 26.1.

To complete the picture here we need to look at one more trade, the one that brought Donovan McNabb to Washington. He came to the Redskins in exchange for the 37th and 104th picks in the 2010 draft. Those picks total 16.6 value points.

So to recalculate what the Redskins have spent, start with the 69.4 points FP originally figured out, subtract out the points originally added in for Griffin and Campbell, add in the real costs of drafting those two quarterbacks and add in the cost of the McNabb trade. It comes to 147.6 points. That’s about equal to four No. 1 overall picks plus a mid-second rounder.

(Update: I forgot in include the 2004 3rd-round pick that was dealt to the Jaguars for Mark Brunell. Add 7.4 points for the 72nd overall pick.)

Without researching and recalculating what quarterback related trades the other 31 teams have made, we can’t be certain that the Redskins have spent more on quarterbacks than any other team. But it seems very safe to say that that they have expended a lot and have received very little in return.

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Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

It's never easy to say goodbye to a well-liked coworker, especially when that employee has been fired. In the NFL, that's no different. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden opened up about the departure of former GM Scot McCloughan while speaking with reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix.

"I was disappointed. I liked Scot. I liked working with Scot. He’s a good person, and a great talent evaluator," Gruden said.

The highly publicized demise of McCloughan as Redskins general manager made plenty of headlines, but as far the organization goes, Gruden believes the team is still in good shape.

"Any time you lose somebody that you become close with, whether it’s a coach or a GM or a player it's disappointing but at the end of the day in pro football, anybody that’s been around it long enough understands, change is going to happen and you have to react and adjust to it and move forward with a positive outlook," Gruden said.

Part of that positive outlook stems from moves the team has made this offseason.

Offensively the franchise brought in a big new weapon in receiver Terrelle Pryor. Paired with 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson, assuming he's healthy, the Redskins could have two dynamic pass catchers to offset the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. On the defensive line, Gruden thinks new players Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee can emerge as solid players with high upside. Further, Gruden made clear he thinks new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will make the players on the 'Skins roster into better defensive linemen.

For many fans it's hard to remain optimistic after the controversy that surrounded McCloughan's ouster, but on the field, there's little reason to expect the 'Skins to slide.

In 2016, the team finished one game out of a playoff berth, losing a disappointing final game to the Giants to seal that fate. In 2017, Gruden expects to be right back in the playoff hunt.

"I think everybody in this organization has a positive outlook," Gruden said. "We are going to miss Scot, obviously, but we’re also positive that we can get things we need to get done to be successful."

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Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

After he signed the franchise tag a couple of weeks ago, the speculation, rumors and, for some fans, panic around Kirk Cousins has largely quieted down.

The Redskins can ink their quarterback to a long-term deal any time between now and July 15, but talks may not pick up until summer rolls around. A trade can also occur, but no recent reports have indicated that one is in the works.

Therefore, it currently looks like Cousins and the franchise that drafted him back in 2012 will be together for at least one more season. And according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, that's a wise choice by the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think they did the absolute right thing in making sure Kirk Cousins is gonna be their quarterback this year," King told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay at the NFL owner's meetings in Phoenix. "I absolutely, unequivocally would not trade him. That's a white flag." 

As for why King wouldn't move on from No. 8, his explanation was very simple.

"You don't get rid of a guy who's got the second-most passing yards in football over the last two years," he said.

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Finlay also gathered input on the Redskins' and Cousins' relationship from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who's another major voice in the league's media. Rapoport first stated that he would be "beyond stunned" if the 28-year-old was not in D.C. for the 2017 campaign and then laid out how he envisions the year unfolding.

"I do not believe he will sign the extension before the season," he said. "So, he's going to go out there, play on another one-year deal, bet on himself like he did last year. You hope it's the same thing. And then we'll see, because I know there's some talk about him not signing an extension — I'm not so sure about that. Everyone has a price, right?"

"If they offer him $25 [million] a year, Andrew Luck's deal, I would imagine plans would change pretty quickly, right?" Rapoport continued. "So you get to the end of the season, assess where you are, assess the value and see if you can make a business deal. It's terrible to have to pay so much money to your quarterback. The only worse thing is not being able to pay so much money to your quarterback." 

King and Rapoport are clearly both in agreement that losing their rising signal caller would be a huge blow to the Redskins. But while King says Washington should keep Cousins because of his production, Rapoport took a different route when concluding how the negotiations will end up.

"Really good quarterbacks never leave their team. It just never happens," he said. "So I would think there's a way to work this out."

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