The Redskins’ sad history with the franchise tag

“The Redskins have never signed a tagged player to a long-term contract. Their first franchised player was LB Wilber Marshall, who ended up with the Oilers after a contentious debate over compensation. A few years later transition-tagged CB Tom Carter signed an offer sheet with the Bears and the Redskins chose not to match. DT Sean Gilbert sat out a year rather than play on the franchise tag in 1997. He was tagged again in 1998 and eventually signed with the Panthers, giving the Redskins two first-round picks. CB Champ Bailey was on the tag for a few weeks before being traded to the Broncos in 2004. They didn’t use the tag again until 2012, when TE Fred Davis was franchised. He suffered a torn Achilles in Week 7, signed a one-year deal to return the next year, and hasn’t played since. Then came Orakpo.”

~ Rich Tandler, Real Redskins, The Redskins have never signed a tagged player long term

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField on September 14, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 41-10. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Reports: Next to no chance Kirk Cousins signs extension before deadline

Don’t expect quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins to agree to a long-term extension before Friday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report was told by one person close to negotiations that there is a “3-5 percent chance” the two sides agree to a new deal before the deadline, while Jason La […]

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Everybody wins if there is no deal between Kirk Cousins and the Redskins

Hog Heaven foresaw this contract scenario play out for Kirk Cousins, but we saw it happening with another team. In 2012, we all saw Robert Griffin III as the savior of Redskins football who today would be playing on a one-year, bargain-priced $16 million contract extension. As we wait to see which side blinks first, […]

CHICAGO, IL- DECEMBER 13:  Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins scores a touchdown during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears on December 13, 2015 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins won’t get long-term deal by deadline

Kirk Cousins and the Redskins aren’t fazed by the looming July 15 deadline to sign franchise-tagged players to a long-term deal. That’s because Cousins and the Redskins are so far apart that it’s a foregone conclusion that the quarterback will play under the tag in 2016, according to Pro Football Talk. Cousins will earn $19.953 […]

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Kirk Cousins and Josh Norman, who’s worth the money to the Redskins?

QB Kirk Cousins is the highest paid player on the Redskins for 2016. Josh Norman has the richest cornerback contract in the league. While there are still whispers that Cousins is not worth his $19.9 million franchise value — whispered perhaps from the very top of the team — there is no such talk with […]


Redskins’ Josh Norman is now a lockout cornerback, too.

Well, it worked before. In the 2010 contract negotiation, the players campaigned to re-open training camp with a silly “Let them play” theme. And they “won.” The owners campaigned for a rookie pay scale, limits to contract guarantees, absolute authority over player conduct, a greater share of TV revenue and a long-term deal. Capitalist thinking […]


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Redskins, Champions of the Beast!

Enough, you silly non-DMV people, of all the talk about how “the Redskins didn’t beat anybody” when they won the NFC East last season. The Redskins were better — by far — than division rivals against the conference. Washington finished the season 8-4 against the NFC. No other Beast team finished as high as .500 against […]

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans looks on as the Texans play the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter on October 8, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Report: At least 3 teams have inquired about Arian Foster

Interest is starting to gain steam in free agent running back Arian Foster.  If you don’t believe me, then click here. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Foster has been contacted by “at least” three teams in the recent days or weeks. The 29-year-old running back was released by the Houston Texans this offseason after playing […]

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Coliseum on December 21, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Five NFL teams that improved during the 2016 offseason

Rex Ryan can claim that the Bills are the NFL’s 2016 offseason champions, but since pads aren’t worn during the offseason, that hollow title is up for debate. Offseason activities across the league ended Thursday with 25 teams wrapping up their mandatory minicamps. The other seven teams finished last week. So now we can look back at free […]

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12:  An aerial view of FedEx Field taken during NFL week one between the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field on September 12, 2004 in Landover, Maryland. Redskins defeated the Buccaneers 16-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Redskins hire Dr. Robin West as first woman to lead NFL medical staff

In a landmark hiring, the Redskins named Dr. Robin West as their director of sports medicine Wednesday. West becomes the first woman to be the top doctor for an NFL organization, according to She’s also the head physician for the Washington Nationals. The medical director of Inova Sports Medicine in Fairfax, Virginia, West has a […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 20:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants in action against Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Josh Norman looks forward to playing like ‘rogue savage’

Either Josh Norman really likes the defensive scheme in Washington or he’s sending a message to Odell Beckham Jr. “I’m like a rogue savage out there, so I’m playing ball at the highest level of speed,” the Redskins cornerback said on ESPN 980, via The Washington Post, “I don’t need to think much; I just […]


How the Redskins make the NFL playoffs this season

You’ll know the Redskins will likely make the NFL playoffs if: At least 4 rookies make an impact on the team, especially during the 2nd half of the season. At least 4 starters make a big jump in improvement in their play and stay relatively healthy.  (For example, last season Morgan Moses, Kirk Cousins, Chris […]

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The 4C strategy of Redskins GM Scot McCloughan explained

  The strategy of the Redskins GM Scot McCloughan can perhaps be simplified by 4C’s: Cardinals, Colts, Cousins and Cornerbacks. Cardinals – the Redskins are trying to copy the success of the Cardinals not just on defense by picking Su’a Cravens in the 2nd round a la Deone Buchanon, but also their passing game.  The […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is seen during pregame against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Former teammate says ‘it’s gonna be hard’ for RG3 to revive career

Citing a number of on-field issues, one former veteran teammate believes it’s going to be difficult for quarterback Robert Griffin III to revive his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns. “He’s just not very good in the pocket,” the former teammate told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “When you asked him to sit back there and read defenses and […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on October 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Mike Shanahan wasn’t thrilled with the Redskins trading up for RG3

Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan let owner Dan Synder know he wasn’t exactly thrilled with the team trading significant draft capital to select quarterback Robert Griffin III back in the 2012 NFL draft. “Dan knew I wasn’t very happy about what we did, but he wanted everybody to celebrate how smart we were, […]

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Wide receiver Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a second quarter touchdown during a game against the St. Louis Rams at FedExField on September 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

The Redskins’ Unstoppable Four-Receiver Combination

You would be hard-pressed to find better NFL betting picks than the Redskins’ Platoon of Pass catchers. Names like Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder are all but guaranteed to play crucial roles in the team’s offense. This is such a powerful group that it is difficult to believe they only constitute a portion of Washington’s […]


What’s the Redskins’ hurry to sign Kirk Cousins? None at all.

“If the Redskins are going sign Kirk Cousins for $20 million per year (i.e., Super Bowl winning QB money), why don’t they wait and see what he does consistently and see if he earns Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady $$$$ to make sure they don’t get stuck with a Brock Osweiler contract?” […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 02:   Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 29-26 in overtime at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Josh Norman: ‘Redskins just got to me first’

The Washington Redskins didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to sign cornerback Josh Norman once the All-Pro defender suddenly became an unrestricted free agent last month. Sometimes, being first is all it takes. Norman helped explain how he picked the Redskins—who gave him $75 million over five years—to Emily Kaplan of MMQB. “In D.C. […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Shaq Lawson #90 of the Clemson Tigers sacks Jake Coker #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second quarter during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

5 NFL draft classes that will save their coaching staffs’ jobs

Hot seats don’t cool down in the offseason for NFL coaches. Making those seats more comfortable is a year-round process. The NFL draft is the biggest offseason opportunity for coaches, with the help of scouts and the front office, to increase their job security. The following five teams drafted players this year who will instantly help […]

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 12:  Cornerback Lloyd Carrington #8 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game against the Cal Poly Mustangs at Sun Devil Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Reading the Redskins UDFA tea leaves for how these players fit the roster

Something is brewing at Redskins camp with the relatively limited positions represented by the new UDFAs.  What is it? First off, the key positions targeted are: Corner/Free Safety hybrid players Swing Tackle/Guard hybrid players Edge Rushers Tall Wide Receivers Possession Running Back At this crazy early time to predict, the new potential Quinton Dunbar of […]