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Kirk Cousins, Washington Remain Optimistic About Long-Term Deal

May 16, 2016 7:02 PM

Kirk Cousins and Washington are optimistic about their chances of agreeing upon a long-term deal.

Cousins signed the one-year franchise player tender in March that will him just under $20 million.

Washington would like to sign Cousins to a multi-year deal that would carry a lower cap figure.

The two sides have until July 15th to agree upon a long-term deal.

“It’s a big contract, and a position that’s very important to us, and he wants to be in the organization,” Scot McCloughan said on Monday before teeing off at Ryan Kerrigan’s annual golf tournament to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “We’re going to figure it out. If it’s not done by July 15, don’t worry. We’ll still get something figured out.”

Mike Jones/Washington Post

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Jordan Reed Agrees To Five-Year, $50M Extension With Washington

May 5, 2016 11:26 AM

Jordan Reed has signed a five-year, $50 million extension with Washington.

The deal includes $22 million in guaranteed money.

Reed will now be signed with Washington through the 2021 season.

Reed caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Washington Still Interested In Signing Kirk Cousins To Long-Term Deal

May 3, 2016 5:25 PM

Washington would still like to sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal.

Cousins is under contract for 2016 at nearly $20 million.

“I can’t answer that. I don’t know for sure, but we would love to get it done,” Scot McCloughan said. “We would love to get it done but you’re well aware of how the business works. He’s our leader on offense, he’s our quarterback. He won the [NFC] East for us last year, a 16-game quarterback, took us to the playoffs.

“But it takes two sides to come together and it is a big contract and it’s gonna be a long-term contract. The years, the money and the incentives, all that stuff comes into play. But it’s ongoing. I really believe, talking with Kirk and of course myself and our organization, we want to get a long-term deal done. He wants to be here, he sees what’s going on, the positive energy, and it’s a business. It takes time these long term deals, big deals like this.”

Regardless of what Cousins wants and what Washington is willing to offer, he has $19.95 million in the bank for 2016. After 2016, Washington will have to decide between letting the market set his value or paying him $23.94 million.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Josh Norman Tried To Sign Tag With Panthers At Last Minute

Apr 25, 2016 9:48 AM

Josh Norman made a last-minute attempt to sign his franchise tag with the Carolina Panthers, according to a league source and multiple reports.

The Panthers made Norman a free agent on Wednesday when they rescinded the tag. On Friday, Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

After being informed that the tag had been rescinded, Norman contacted the Panthers, offering to fire agent Michael George and sign the tag. The tag would have guaranteed him $13.952 million in 2016.

By that time the Panthers had filed the paperwork with the league and decided to move on.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor

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Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington

Apr 22, 2016 7:40 PM

Josh Norman has agreed to sign with Washington on a five-year, $75 million deal.

The Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on Norman this week, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Norman also considered the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.

Norman emerged in 2015 as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. 

By moving to the NFC East, Norman will continue his rivalry with Odell Beckham Jr. twice per season (Week 3 & Week 17 in 2016).

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Josh Norman Deciding Between Washington, New Orleans

Apr 22, 2016 6:50 PM

Josh Norman is meeting with Washington but the New Orleans Saints are also making a strong push to sign him.

The San Francisco 49ers were also one of the frontrunners to sign Norman, but his decision is now down to Washington and New Orleans.

The Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag to Norman this week.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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49ers, Washington Considered Frontrunners For Josh Norman

Apr 21, 2016 6:41 PM

Washington and the San Francisco 49ers are strongly pursuing Josh Norman in free agency and are considered the frontrunners.

The 49ers have the cap room to make a significant offer to Norman, who would be a substantial upgrade over their current cornerbacks.

Washington's need at cornerback is less pressing and they also have less cap space.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Robert Griffin III: No Pressure, No Diamonds

Apr 7, 2016 12:30 AM

Robert Griffin III was introduced to the media on Wednesday as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

"No pressure, no diamonds," said Griffin as he walked away from the podium.

"I know the history, a little bit, of Cleveland," Griffin said. "And guys sometimes don't want to come here. I wanted to come here. I wanted to be here, and I wanted them to know that."

Griffin acknowledged that not playing a down for Washington last season was mentally taxing.

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Vernon Davis Signs With Washington

Mar 31, 2016 4:44 PM

Vernon Davis has agreed to a one-year deal with Washington.

In 10 seasons, Davis has caught 461 passes. Davis finished last season with 38 receptions for 395 yards with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.

Washington particularly likes the blocking ability of Davis.

Scot McCloughan drafted Davis while with the 49ers.

"He's in great shape. He's a football player and is one of those guys that has never really been injured because his genetics is so incredible," McCloughan said during the NFL owners meetings on March 22. "He can block, he can run, he catches."

John Keim/ESPN

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Washington 'Gambling' On Matt Jones As No. 1 Running Back

Mar 26, 2016 3:27 PM

Washington is prepared to have Matt Jones carry most of the load at running back.

Alfred Morris signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

"Matt played well and we're very excited about him," Gruden said, via CSN Mid-Atlantic. "We let a heck of a running back, and a very productive running back, go because we have Matt."

During his rookie campaign Jones displayed power between the tackles, speed to get to the edge, burst at the second level and size to break tackles. However, the 6-foot-1, 231-pound back proved inconsistent as a rookie. He missed holes, was stuffed often in the backfield -- leading to a 3.4 yards per carry average -- and he had a fumbling problem.

"We need him to protect the ball a little bit more," Gruden said. "He's a big, strong, powerful back that I think can handle the workload; time will tell on that. We're taking a bit of a gamble here, but based on our professional opinion, we believe he can handle it and be very, very effective at it, toting the rock."


Gruden left zero doubt Jones will assume the No. 1 role.

"That's what we envision, yes. He's got the size. I mean, he's got the measurables, that's for sure. That doesn't always translate, so we'll see. We like Matt. We think he's a smart football player and he runs very, very hard. Now we just have to make sure the ball security is there (because) he can catch the ball out the backfield. He's a very good solid football player that we have high hopes for."

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Robert Griffin III Signs Two-Year Deal With Browns
Robert Griffin was the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year and has since struggled with injuries.

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Alfred Morris Signs Two-Year Deal With Cowboys
In his first three years combined, Alfred Morris rushed for more yards (3,962) than any back in the NFL except for Marshawn Lynch.


Washington Releases Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin had lost the starting job in August and served as Washington's No. 3 quarterback all season.

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Dolphins, Cowboys, Washington Interested In Trading For Nick Foles
Nick Foles lost his job as starting quarterback last season.

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Kirk Cousins Accepts Franchise Tender From Washington
Kirk Cousins won't miss any offseason work as a protest against the franchise tag.

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Washington Uses Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag On Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins had a breakout season in 2015 as Washington's starting quarterback.

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Washington Holding Robert Griffin III Trade Talks With Multiple Teams
Washington picked up Robert Griffin III's $16.15 million option for 2016.

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Washington To Use Tag On Kirk Cousins
The franchise tag for the quarterback position would be worth $19.6 million while the transition tag would be worth $17.5 million.

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Chiefs, Eagles, Broncos Considered Top Spots For Robert Griffin
Robert Griffin III will be released by Washington by March 9th.

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Washington Confirms Robert Griffin III Won't Return In 2016
Washington can release Robert Griffin any time until March 9th when the new league year begins.

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Kirk Cousins, Washington Break Off Contract Talks
The franchise tag for Kirk Cousins would cost $20 million for a one-year contract.

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Robert Griffin III Passes Exit Physical
Robert Griffin III lost his job as quarterback to Kirk Cousins.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Kirk Cousins Wants To Avoid Becoming 'Flash In The Pan'
Kirk Cousins emerged this season as a starter quality quarterback.

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Washington Prepared To Use Franchise Tag On Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins' one-year, guaranteed salary with the franchise tag would be approximately $20 million and a 20 percent raise for year two.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
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Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings
The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

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Kirk Cousins Likely To Remain With Washington
Kirk Cousins planned his free agency perfectly, leading Washington to the playoffs.

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Washington Clinches NFC East With Win Over Eagles
Jay Gruden has been vindicated for his decision to start Kirk Cousins this season over Robert Griffin III.

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