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Will the Redskins make a trade deadline deal?

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Will the Redskins make a trade deadline deal?

The NFL trade deadline comes today at 4:00 Eastern time but Redskins fans should not make any special plans for this afternoon. It seems very unlikely that the team will make a deal.

The trade that is most likely is Fred Davis getting shipped anywhere for just about anything. Once viewed as a rising star, Davis has played just 91 of the team’s 511 offensive snaps this year and he has been inactive in three of the Redskins’ seven games. He could provide a boost to a team in need of an athletic pass catcher.

But there are obstacles. The Redskins themselves are a team that could use more quality targets for their quarterback so teams have to wonder why they are so willing to deal him. He only has the rest of this season remaining on his contract. Although it probably won’t matter with just half a season left, Davis faces a one-year suspension from the league under the substance abuse policy.

Despite the drawbacks, Davis does have talent and there is always a market for that. There’s a chance that a team comes in with an offer of a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick. The Redskins will then have to weigh if the draft pick is worth foregoing the insurance that Davis could provide behind rookie Jordan Reed, who has been bitten by the injury bug from time to time this year.

The salary cap greatly limits who the Redskins might be able to bring in via a trade. Many fans have been clamoring for them to deal for unhappy Bills safety Jairus Byrd. But the Redskins have barely enough cap room to get through the rest of the season. Byrd’s franchise tender carries a $6.9 million salary for this season. The Redskins would be on the hook for just over half of that for the remainder of this season, about $3.6 million. On top of that, they would have to try to make a deal to keep Byrd beyond this season as he will be a free agent looking for top money.

The other player fans have been yearning for is Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon. He’s the type of dynamic receiving threat that the Redskins need to give Robert Griffin III, Gordon’s former Baylor teammate, as a compliment Pierre Garçon.

The asking price for Gordon is a second-round pick and the Redskins would be very reluctant to part with that high pick given the fact that they already are without their first rounder, their final installment in the Griffin deal. But Gordon is just 22, possibly younger than whoever they might draft in the second round. His contract could easily be absorbed; he is owed about $335,000 for the remainder of the season and since the Redskins would release a player to make room for Gordon, the money is virtually a wash.

Gordon is under contract for the next two years at very reasonable salaries, much less than the Redskins would pay for a receiver on the free agent market.

One “buyer beware” note the Redskins need to take into account is the fact that Gordon was suspended for two games this year under the NFL’s drug policy. He may face a one-year ban if he tests positive again at any point in the future.

You never say never but Mike Shanahan is not the sort of coach who likes to make major changes in season. It would be very surprising if the Redskins pulled the trigger on a trade today.

You can catch the up-to-the-minute buzz on anything that’s happening with the Redskins at the trade deadline and around the league over on CSN Washington at Redskins Pulse. Drop on by and see what’s happening

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NFL Draft 2017: Top 5 names you want to hear Roger Goodell call

NFL Draft 2017: Top 5 names you want to hear Roger Goodell call

More than 220 players will be drafted over the next three days in Philadelphia, but only five of them make the CSN All-Name team. There are plenty of candidates, but it takes a lot to make this list.

To be clear, this list does not represent the Top 5 players for the Redskins to target. It doesn't even represent players the Redskins might be interested in. These guys just have awesome names. 

Honorable Mention

  • Jake Butt - TE, Michigan - The jokes are too easy, but he did land a toilet paper sponsorship.
  • Corn Elder - CB, Miami - Not enough people named Corn in the world. 
  • Eddie Vanderdoes - DT, UCLA - Vanderdoesitall. 
  • Erik Magnuson - OT, Michigan - This has to be the name of an actual Viking. Has to. 

No. 5 - Forrest Lamp - OG/C Western Kentucky - Invoking a Best Picture winner and the name of a household appliance. Just tremendous. So good he's already landed an endorsement deal. I love lamp. 

No. 4 - Budda Baker - Safety, Washington - Whether you like it for the religion or just the alliteration, it's fantastic.  

No. 3 - Tyus Bowser - OLB, Houston - The bad guy in Mario? The photoshops will be tremendous.

No. 2 - Raekwon McMillan - LB, Ohio State - The Chef. Don't mess with the Chef. 

No. 1 - Taco Charlton - DT, Michigan - It takes a lot to beat Raekwon, but this is the best draft name in years. Everyone loves a Taco.

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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is finally upon us. Finally.

For the Washington Redskins, the 2017 NFL Draft represents a chance to find impact players, a search that begins with the 17th pick overall in the first round. All those discussions about whom the Redskins will select with their first pick will be answered Thursday night during the NFL's biggest offseason event.

To keep up with the NFL Draft, you'll need two things: A screen to watch it on and this live blog. Redskins fans and NFL fans who want to stay up to date with surprise picks, trades, analysis and anything else draft-related will want to keep this page open all night.

RELATED: FINAL 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT

What: 2017 NFL Draft, Round 1
When: Thursday, April 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App

Here's what's happened so far. Let's head to the live blog:

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT TRACKER

 

5:05 PM - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has arrived. Surprisingly enough, fans aren't booing him. We'll have to wait until 8:00 p.m. for that.

4:45 PM - We're three hours away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it looks like the Cleveland Browns are close to finalizing their choice for the No. 1 overall pick.

4:30 PM - JP Finlay is on the scene in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft. Several Redskins fans are out and about early.

4:15 PM - Oh, this is going to be fun. Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is reportedly advising other teams on their picks at the draft. 

4:00 PM - And with that No. 17 pick, the Redskins could go in several different directions. There will be plenty of defensive lineman and pass rushers to choose from, as well as several high-end cornerbacks. JP Finlay identified the 22 players considered in-play for the Redskins at No. 17.

3:45 PM - The Redskins have the No. 17 pick. With the 2017 NFL Draft starting at 8:00 p.m., we are expecting the Redskins to make their pick at rough 10:15 p.m. ET.

3:30 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

3:15 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

3:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.