Player News - Redskins

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The New York Daily News reports the Jets would "absolutely love" to sign free agent Kirk Cousins, but that they will not "give him a blank check."

Reporter Manish Mehta calls the idea that the Jets would give Cousins $60 million in the first year of his contract "beyond ludicrous." Mehta says the Jets "are not going to try to bring (Cousins) aboard by any means necessary." The Jets have roughly $90 million in cap space, but the $60 million number was always fanciful, as a player's second-year cap hit must be at least 50 percent of the first. That would mean the Jets would have to commit $90 million of Cousins' mega contract to 2018-19. Despite Mehta's report, it's still quite possible the Jets are willing to go above and beyond anyone else to land the former fourth-rounder.
Feb 22 - 4:31 PM

The New York Post's Brian Costello was told the Jets could offer Kirk Cousins $60 million in the first year of his contract.

New York is reportedly "willing to pay whatever it takes" to land Cousins, so this does not come as a surprise. It also makes some sense for the Jets, who have the cap space to both front-load the contract and make moves to improve the rest of the roster. The Broncos, Vikings, and Cardinals are also teams to watch in the Cousins sweepstakes.
Feb 20 - 9:32 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport seconded an ESPN New York report that the Jets are "willing to pay a lot of money to Kirk Cousins, maybe more than anyone else."

Rapsheet also noted the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator; Bates' system is similar to what Cousins ran in Washington. When discussing the Jets' competition for Cousins, Rapsheet first mentioned the Broncos, whom he expects to "go all in on a free agent quarterback." Rapsheet said the Cardinals are "in the mix as well," and to "keep an eye" on the Vikings.
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the Jets are "willing to pay whatever it takes" to land Kirk Cousins.

MMQB's Peter King "guesses" Cousins will end up in Denver, but the Jets are certainly going to make a strong run at him. Working against the Jets is Cousins' reported desire to play for a team "with a good defense" where "he can win," but New York can point to their surprising success last year as evidence they are headed in the right direction. The Jets are projected to have over $70 million in cap space and can easily create more.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 10:16 AM

MMQB's Peter King's "best guess" is Kirk Cousins signs with the Broncos.

King made sure to call it a guess, but it is likely a highly educated one. King reports Cousins "has put a premium on going somewhere he can win, somewhere with a good defense, and somewhere he can walk into the building every day excited about going to work." It is unclear how well the Broncos fit the final condition, but the defense remains stout and should put the team in a position to win more often than not if Cousins provides competent quarterback play. Denver will have to beat out the Jets, Vikings, and likely several other teams to land Cousins' signature.
Source: MMQB
Feb 19 - 9:21 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms free agent Terrelle Pryor will be "on the Browns' radar" this offseason.

Pryor had his best season with Cleveland in 2016, leading the Browns in both catches (77) and receiving yards (1,007). He didn't fare as well in Washington but was obviously hampered by injuries including an ankle issue that eventually required surgery. Pryor would add to a Cleveland receiving corps already featuring Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman.
Feb 18 - 9:30 AM

Redskins LT Trent Williams (knee) is expected to sit out OTAs.

Coach Jay Gruden doesn't expect Williams to be ready until late July. Williams played through knee issues for most of 2017 before getting surgery in December. The Redskins don’t have any concerns over his Week 1 status.
Feb 17 - 7:02 PM

The MMQB's Albert Breer reports Kirk Cousins "will quickly file a grievance to block" the Redskins from franchising him.

The Redskins want to tag-and-trade Cousins, but the CBA prevents them from tagging him without any plans to sign him. Washington would also need to commit at least $28.7 million in cap space to keep Cousins from free agency, putting them in a bad leverage spot. Cousins remains likely to hit the open market this offseason, where he'll become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. The Jets, Vikings, and Broncos are the top suitors for Cousins.
Feb 17 - 4:05 PM

Redskins S Su'a Cravens has been reinstated from the reserve/left squad list.

Cravens sat out all last season to recover from injuries. His contract tolled while on the exempt list, so he still has three years left on his rookie deal. A 2016 second round pick, the Redskins are expected to move on from Cravens, but there should be trade interest in him this offseason.
Feb 14 - 5:10 PM

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay writes it is "hard to see a scenario" in which S Su'a Cravens returns to the Redskins.

It is almost the exact same wording ESPN's John Keim used to describe the situation in January. Despite applying for reinstatement, it appears Cravens' time in Washington is finished. With three years left on his rookie deal after his contract tolled last season, Cravens should draw some interest on the trade block.
Feb 13 - 11:39 AM

Redskins S Su'a Cravens has filed for reinstatement from the team's reserve/left squad list.

Cravens was placed on the reserve/left squad list when he contemplated retirement last September. Cravens wound up taking the year off following a barrage of injuries, including knee surgery and concussions. The 53rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, Cravens made three starts as a rookie. The Redskins are believed to be done with him, but Cravens could resurface with another team.
Feb 12 - 5:21 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler expects the Redskins to stand pat at running back this offseason.

"I think they want to see [Samaje] Perine develop and there still is faith in Rob Kelley," writes Tandler. "Perhaps they will utilize Chris Thompson a little more on first and second down." Perine suffered an ankle injury in the Week 17 finale, but there's been nothing said on it to suggest it was serious. He averaged a miserable 3.4 YPC as a rookie and scored just one rushing TD, while Kelley was even worse at 3.1 YPC. Thompson absolutely deserves more touches but is recovering from a broken right leg/ankle. Thompson will be the best fantasy bet.
Feb 7 - 9:21 AM

Paul Allen of KFAN Minneapolis reports the Vikings are "number one with a bullet" on Kirk Cousins' wish list.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer agrees that Minnesota would be a "prime location" for the impending free agent. Cousins has garnered widespread interest since Washington traded for Alex Smith last week with the Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Jets and Vikings emerging as his top suitors. Cousins reportedly has a desire to "win right away," which would make Minnesota an appealing destination. The Vikings also boast one of the league's strongest receiving duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. With Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum all headed for free agency, the NFC runner-ups will be aggressive in pursuing a quarterback this offseason.
Feb 4 - 10:51 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer doesn't expect the Browns to be a serious suitor for impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

Cousins would fill an obvious need for Cleveland—DeShone Kizer was statistically the league's worst starting quarterback in 2017—but Cabot fears that Cousins could command up to $30 million annually on the open market. The Browns have over $110 million in available cap room, which is more than enough to sign Cousins. However, Cabot still considers the Browns an unlikely match for Cousins given his desire to "win right away." The Browns own two of the top four picks in April's draft and are almost certain to target a franchise quarterback with one of those selections.
Feb 4 - 10:33 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins will "consider" placing the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins.

The Redskins are committed to Alex Smith as their starting quarterback but could conceivably tag Cousins and trade him to a quarterback-needy team for draft picks. This way the Redskins would also have some influence over where Cousins lands rather than letting him hit free agency and sign with a team of his choosing. Of course, Washington wouldn't be able to execute a trade until Cousins signs his $34.5 million franchise tender, which he could put off for weeks or even months while still counting against the Redskins' salary cap. The Redskins would also lose out on a 2019 compensatory pick if they choose to tag Cousins. Ultimately, we expect Cousins to hit the open market.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 8:37 AM


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