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What - if anything - can Redskins learn from Raiders situation with Derek Carr?

What - if anything - can Redskins learn from Raiders situation with Derek Carr?

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr might currently hold the mantle of the best young quarterback in the NFL. In 2016, he threw for nearly 4,000 yards and guided Oakland back to the playoffs after a long layoff with a 12-3 record in the 15 games he started.

Carr is, without any argument, a franchise quarterback. And franchise quarterbacks get paid. 

In the last year of his rookie deal, and coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons, a new contract for Carr could eclipse the windfall of Andrew Luck's $125 million signed in 2016. 

The only weird thing, it hasn't happened yet. 

A report emerged earlier this week that Carr was growing frustrated with the pace of contract talks with the Raiders. In 2017, he stands to make just below $1 million. It's great money in the regular world, but for an NFL MVP candidate, it's peanuts.

Carr has stated he would like to stay with the Raiders his entire career, but if the team and player don't get a deal done, the quarterback would be looking at free agency in 2018. Or a franchise tag.

That's where there are some similarities with Redskins QB Kirk Cousins. 

Named the full-time starter in 2015, Cousins played at a very high level the second half of the season as he guided the Redskins to an NFC East title. That was also the final year of Cousins rookie deal, and he could not reach a long-term deal with Washington the following offseason.

In 2016, Cousins played on the franchise tag for nearly $20 million. So far in 2017, looks like Cousins will again play on a franchise tag, this time for $24 million, and the specter of unrestricted free agency grows by the day in 2018.

It's hard to bring the parallels for Carr and Cousins much further before entering into the wild speculation category. It is worth nothing, however, while Carr is younger and regarded as the better long-term player, Cousins actually posted better stats the last two seasons. 

In 2015, Carr completed 61 percent of his passes for just under 4,000 yards and 32 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. That same season, Cousins completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

In 2016, Carr completed nearly 64 percent of his passes for 3,937 yards to go with 28 TDs against only six INTs in 15 games. For Cousins, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,917 yards and 25 TDs against 12 INTs. Carr is 26, Cousins will be 29 when the season starts. 

It still seems likely the Raiders get a deal done with Carr. The franchise had a wild offseason, starting with the vote to move to Las Vegas, and had to deal with free agency and the NFL Draft. Now it's time for the organization to focus on a Carr contract.

Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie said in a radio interview, "The bottom line is that we love Derek and we want to keep him. We’re going to [do] everything to make sure this contract gets done."

Sounds good if you're a Raiders fan. 

Remember though, Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden have been clear that the Redskins are working on a long-term deal with Cousins too. 

"Our goal from the beginning has been long-term," Allen told CSN in March of a Cousins contract. "I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

No long-term deal has emerged for the Redskins and Cousins. That doesn't mean the same for Oakland and Carr. In fact, one has little to no impact on the other. 

There are some parallels though, and interested Raiders and Redskins fans would be smart to keep an eye on both situations. 

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Redskins 2017 OTAs to-do list: It's time to find a nose tackle

Redskins 2017 OTAs to-do list: It's time to find a nose tackle

Free agency is done. The draft is history. Rookie minicamp is in the rearview and the 90-man offseason roster has been filled out. Now comes the difficult part for Jay Gruden and his staff: putting it all together. With OTAs set to begin on Tuesday, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler will examine top priorities on Gruden’s to-do list as he prepares the team for training camp in Richmond later this summer.

Up today …

Nose tackle

Finlay: There's a lot to do on the Redskins defensive line, and it starts in the middle. Expect free agent addition Stacy McGee to have a big opportunity to take over the nose tackle job. McGee ranked as a +5.5 run defender last season as rated by Pro Football Focus, and at 6-foot-3 and 308 lbs., he has the size to man the middle. McGee has plenty of talent, health has been his hiccup. He has only played all 16 games in one of his four seasons, and in 2016, he played only nine games.

Beyond McGee, the Redskins have some lottery tickets. Practice squad players A.J. Francis and Joey Mbu both have the size to play nose, but neither have the experience. Could Francis or Mbu emerge for significant snaps with the Washington defense? Sure, but it would be unexpected. 

A bigger lottery ticket remains. Phil Taylor, a former first-round pick in 2012, has shown serious talent at the nose tackle position. At 6-foot-3 and 337 lbs., Taylor certainly has the size for the spot. At the same time, Taylor hasn't played an NFL game since 2014, losing both 2015 and 2016 to injury. Counting on Taylor would be short-sighted, but if he can remain healthy, there could be big value.

According to Jay Gruden, the most important piece of the nose tackle puzzle will come from new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Gruden said he expects Tomsula to "make" a nose tackle and improve the Redskins D-line. It's a tall order, but Tomsula has an impressive track record working in the trenches. 

Tandler: The organization’s refusal to get a legitimate nose tackle either in free agency or in the draft will lead to them again spend the spring and summer trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

That’s what they did last year with Ziggy Hood. He took a lot of snaps at nose tackle and he simply wasn’t a fit for the job. It wasn’t his fault that the Redskins allowed a league-worst 5.0 yards per rushing attempt on first down; he’s an end and he was much more effective there.

Matt Ioannidis, a 2016 fifth-round pick, also took some snaps at nose, with similar results. At 6-3, 308, he just doesn’t have the size to be effective.

The worst part of it here is that they really can’t get too far in identifying the 2017 nose tackle. In the spring with no pads and no contact allowed they really can’t do much besides work on technique and learn assignments. Tomsula’s effort to “make” a nose tackle won’t really get going until they get to Richmond in late August.

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Planning for a new Redskins stadium, Bruce Allen says the team is ahead of schedule

Planning for a new Redskins stadium, Bruce Allen says the team is ahead of schedule

The Redskins are going to build a new stadium. That is certain.

Where that stadium will be remains unclear.

Washington team president Bruce Allen spoke on Monday and explained that the team is ahead of schedule in terms of a new stadium.

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The team's lease expires at FedEx Field in 2027, and Allen expects the team to move into a new "jewel" of a stadium.

Maryland, Virginia and D.C. are all in play for the new facility. Currently, the team plays in Maryland but practices in Virginia.

The Redskins greatest success came when the team played in Washington at famed RFK Stadium.

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