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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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The Final Countdown: Redskins 8th worst play came from a big hit in Arizona

The Final Countdown: Redskins 8th worst play came from a big hit in Arizona

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 8 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Cardinals Week 13

5:13 left in Q3, Redskins ball 2nd and 8 at their own 29, Redskins leading 13-10

Kirk Cousins sacked at WAS 36 for -9 yards (Calais Campbell). FUMBLES (Calais Campbell) [Calais Campbell], RECOVERED by ARZ- Markus Golden at WAS 30. Markus Golden to WAS 10 for 20 yards (Chris Thompson).

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Tandler: The Redskins had survived a rocky start and they were in position to take control of the game after the Cardinals missed a long field goal attempt. But the situation turned abruptly when Campbell blew over guard Shawn Lauvao and hit Cousins, sending the ball flying. Golden scooped it up and returned it to the 10. Three plays later Carson Palmer threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. That was the beginning of the end of the Redskins’ chances to get a road win that they desperately had to have.

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Finlay: When the Cowboys opened the game by marching right down the field against the Redskins on Thanksgiving, nobody blinked, as Dallas' offense had been superb all season. When Arizona did the same thing the following week, there was reason for concern. The 'Skins were able to stem the Cards early, and even took a lead, before Campbell bull-rushed his way into the Washington backfield and blasted Cousins. The Cardinals defensive line was hitting Cousins all game, and this play almost seemed inevitable. It would later come out Lauvao was playing through injury, but bigger picture, the Cardinals loss was the first game the 'Skins truly needed and the team couldn't win. The loss dropped Jay Gruden's squad out of a playoff spot, and though the team would eventually inch their way back into contention, in hindsight, losing in Arizona was the first real indicator that the 2016 Redskins would not make the postseason. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Dennis Thurman

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Dennis Thurman

The Redskins are set to interview Dennis Thurman for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Here is a look at Thurman’s qualifications for the job.

Before becoming a coordinator: Thurman played in the NFL for the Cowboys from 1978-1985. Redskins fans may best remember him for trying to break up the “Fun Bunch” celebration in a 1983 game. He played for the Cardinals the last season of his career. He coached the secondary for the Cardinals for two years before going to USC and holding the same job there from 1993-2000. Thurman then returned to the NFL as a Ravens defensive assistant and secondary coach. He moved to the Jets to coach the secondary there before getting promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Thurman’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2013 Jets (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,359 (11th), points 387 (19th), takeaways 15 (31st), 3rd down 38.8% (13th), DVOA -5.6% (12th)
Notable players: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Antonio Cromartie*, S Ed Reed

The Jets traded away their best defender, Darrelle Revis, during the offseason. Wilkerson led a good pass rush as he racked up 10.5 sacks and LB Calvin Pace had 10. It should be noted that head coach Rex Ryan is a defensive-minded head coach and he certainly had influence in what went right and what went wrong on that side of the ball.

2014 Jets (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,235 (6th), points 401 (24th), takeaways 13 (32nd), 3rd down 45.2% (30th), DVOA 3.5% (21st)
Notable players: DT Sheldon Richardson*, DE Quinton Cooples

If you want to know how a team can finish in the top six in yards and in the bottom 10 in points allowed just look at the lack of takeaways and the porous third-down defense. An offense with Geno Smith at quarterback couldn’t keep thinks afloat and Thurman was fired along with Ryan after the season.

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2015 Bills (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,702 (19th), points 359 (15th), takeaways 25 (12th), 3rd down 40.5%, DVOA 8.6% (24th)
Notable players: DE Mario Williams, DE Jerry Hughes

Ryan and Thurman both moved to upstate New York when they were hired by the Bills. This unit ranked fourth in both yards and points the year before Ryan and Thurman arrived and they obviously didn’t maintain that. It didn’t help that 2014 first-team All-Pro Marcell Dareus got into some legal trouble during the offseason and his production plummeted from 10 sacks in 2014 to two.

2016 Bills (7-9)

Rankings: Yards 5,712 (19th), points 378 (16th), takeaways 18 (23rd), 3rd down 40.0%, DVOA 8.0 (26th)
Notable players: LB Lorenzo Alexander*, CB Stephon Gilmore

Former Redskin Alexander had a good year, racking up 12 sacks and making the Pro Bowl but there wasn’t much else to talk about on defense. They essentially spun their wheels and Ryan was fired with a game left and Thurman soon followed him out the door.

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