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There are many reasons why a Redskins-Cousins-Romo deal won't happen

There are many reasons why a Redskins-Cousins-Romo deal won't happen

The notion that the Redskins might trade Kirk Cousins to the 49ers is not crazy. It is far less likely, but still in the realm of possibility, that if such a deal happens the Redskins will have some interest in bringing in Tony Romo if he gets cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

But a three-way trade that would send Cousins to the 49ers, Romo to the Redskins and high draft picks to Dallas is, well, just not happening.

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Here’s Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:

Absent an actual trade rumor to shake up the Scouting Combine, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media essentially made up a potential three-team blockbuster.

In fairness to Rapoport, he added the various “could be” and “may be” qualifiers, making it clear that it was all speculation. Nevertheless, the notion that the 49ers and Washington would, in order to get Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, include the Cowboys send Tony Romo to D.C. represents implausibility at best. Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation scoffed at the idea of such a convoluted outcome; one source called it “conjecture,” adding an exclamation point for effect. (Sad!)

Most Redskins fans didn’t really need to hear much from sources; their BS detectors picked up the implausibility of such a deal right away.

Let’s set aside the emotional reaction that would come from Redskins fans seeing this:

The first thing that makes no sense here is the money. If the Redskins traded for Romo they would trade for his contract. Over the next three years Romo would be due salaries of $14 million, $19.5 million, and $20.5 million. That totals $54 million. The hypothetical long-term contract for Cousins that was detailed here yesterday carries a cash outlay of $66 million over the next three years. The difference of $12 million over three years for Cousins in his prime vs. Romo, who has played five games the last two years, is nearly insignificant. Yes, the guaranteed money has been paid out by the Cowboys so the Redskins could cut him at any time with no dead cap. But then they would be back to square one at the most important position.

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The idea that the Cowboys could get anything as valuable as a first-round pick in return for Romo also seems very far-fetched. Given his contract and recent injury issues a 2018 fourth that could upgrade to a third if he stays on the field seems like the maximum a team would give up for Romo.

I could go on with reasons why it won’t work but this is nothing more than a sheer speculation or, at best, adding two plus two and getting 17. But you get the point. Maybe the Cowboys stirred it up to try to establish a trade value for Romo so they won’t have to just release him. For that matter, perhaps the Redskins gave it a nod so that if they do trade Cousins for a relatively small return, fans might think, well, at least they didn’t get Romo.

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Clinton Portis confesses that bankruptcy pushed him to the brink of murder

Clinton Portis confesses that bankruptcy pushed him to the brink of murder

While starring for the Redskins from 2004-2010, Clinton Portis was a beloved player renowned for his toughness on the field and humor off of it.

But a Sports Illustrated story published Wednesday shows how different the post-football Portis was from the one who made a name for himself in the Burgundy and Gold.

After retiring from the NFL, Portis ran into severe money trouble when he trusted his money with people he wishes he hadn't, according to SI's Brian Burnsed. The running back filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and the financial issues he encountered pushed him to the brink of committing a serious crime.

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"On a handful of late nights and early mornings in 2013 he lurked in his car near a Washington, D.C.–area office building, pistol at his side, and waited for one of several men who had managed a large chunk of the $43.1 million he earned with his 2,230 carries over nine NFL seasons," Burnsed writes.

“It wasn’t no beat up,” Portis told the writer. “It was kill.”

He never did follow through on the revenge he wanted, thanks in large part to a friend and therapist who forced him to consider how killing someone would affect his family and all he had worked for in his life. If he had found the person he was targeting, however, he's honest about what would've happened.

“We’d probably be doing this interview from prison,” Portis, who stopped participating in the story after two interviews, said.

Another notable part from the story is that the 35-year-old is experiencing memory lapses and often gets lost while driving, but is afraid to be tested because he's "really scared" of what those tests would find. Overall, though, Portis is in a better place now than he was a few years ago.

"Life is so much clearer after coming out of that storm," he said.

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True or false: The Redskins will carry four tight ends on the roster

True or false: The Redskins will carry four tight ends on the roster

True or false: The Redskins will carry four tight ends on their roster this year.

Rich Tandler: True

The Redskins added a tight end to a roster that had four experienced players at the position already on it. But, make no mistake, fifth-round selection Jeremy Sprinkle was not a “luxury” pick.

Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are both stone cold locks to make the roster. They are the pass catchers who are expected to combine for perhaps 1,500 yards and at least a dozen touchdowns.

The third tight end could be Niles Paul, a veteran who has battled injuries the last two years. He appears to be healthy and if he stays that way he can play tight end, be the fullback on the six or eight snaps per game the Redskins use one, and be a strong contributor on special teams.

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Sprinkle can fill a role that those three can’t—blocking tight end. Jay Gruden had to put tackle Ty Nsekhe on the field when they needed a three-tight end set. That made the job of the defense easier with essentially four eligible receivers to deal with.

With a well-defined role for each player, it would make perfect sense for the Redskins to carry four tight ends on the 53-man roster rather than the customary three. Of course, if they carry four at tight end they have to go with one fewer player elsewhere. They will find a spot.

Running back seems to be the logical place to go for that spot. If they keep, say, Mack Brown as the fourth running back, you then have a player without a defined role. He’s the backup to the backup to the backup. Sure, he can do special teams, but not as well as Paul.

Perhaps if you want to keep Brown you let go of Paul with his recent injury history and his $2.2 million cap number in mind. Or you can let Sprinkle get some seasoning on the practice squad.

But I think that the Redskins drafted Sprinkle with the plan to keep four tight ends. If they are going to go with their best, most versatile 53 that is what they will do.

JP Finlay: False

Man, this is tough. If you asked me this in May, I thought Niles Paul would be caught in a roster crunch. After watching the guys on the field through OTAs and minicamp, this decision becomes much harder. 

Paul played well in those sessions, showed no rust from the injuries and impressed regardless what quarterback he was paired up with. Sprinkle looked like a rookie with a lot to learn, and while he's really big, he still seemed like his upper body could fill out in the NFL. 

In a vacuum it's easy to say the Redskins should keep four tight ends. Like Tandler laid out above, Reed and Davis are roster locks. Paul can help in a ton of spots, and Sprinkle should evolve into the blocking tight end for the jumbo set. 

But NFL rosters aren't made in vacuums. To keep a fourth tight end, the Redskins will have to make a cut, and Tandler suggested Mack Brown could be the guy. I don't see that happening. Jay Gruden and Randy Jordan speak glowingly about Brown. 

This will be a fun roster spot to watch, but in June, before any injuries or the competition of training camp, I think the Redskins keep Reed, Davis and Paul. Then they really, really hope they can sneak the rookie Sprinkle to their practice squad.

Washington has not kept three healthy tight ends on their roster in the last few seasons, and if that trend continues, Sprinkle would make the NFL roster before the end of the year. Keeping four tight ends just isn't a luxury the Redskins have, especially keeping three quarterbacks like they're expected to do. 

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