The Washington Redskins Need To Stop The Madness
The Washington Redskins are putting together plans for the 2017 season. At this point we have more questions than answers. This could be a major problem.
The busy season of the NFL kicks into high gear over the next few weeks. The NFL Combine runs from February 28 through March 6. The franchise tag deadline is March 1 and the free agency period begins on March 9. The Washington Redskins have major decisions to make on all fronts and while these dates quickly approach we have heard nothing from Redskins Park.
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Will Kirk Cousins get a long-term contract or will he be placed under the franchise tag again? According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, Cousins could be traded to the San Francisco 49ers during next weeks NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He said the following on San Diego’s Mighty 1090:
"Keep an eye on Kirk Cousins in Washington and that could kind of be the first domino to fall. I don’t think they’re going to be able to get a long-term deal done and I think there’s a, I would say, greater than 50 percent chance that he’s not with the Redskins next year.We’ve got the combine coming up. All these teams will be together. I would not be shocked at all if we saw a Kirk Cousins-to-San Francisco trade go down at that point in time, and now you’ve got the dominoes really starting to fall."
Trading Cousins away would be a disaster. Why is it so hard for the Redskins decision makers to realize they have a quarterback that over half the teams in the league would love to have as their starter? The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Make this move and expect a return to the agonizing 4-12 seasons of years past.
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Furthermore,we have no news about the futures of DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon either. These two play makers both had 1,000 yard receiving seasons last year. The duo combined with Cousins to make the offensive unit one of the best in the NFL. However, it seems the Redskins are not in a hurry to bring any of these stars back.
The offensive side of the ball is the strongest part of this team because of this trio of potential free agents. You can’t strip away these quality stars, replace them with second tier talent and expect to win. They must bring Cousins back along with Garcon and Jackson to keep their attack dangerous. In addition, adding a disruptive running back and help at center and guard in the draft would round out the unit.
The defensive side of the ball needs major help. An upgrade in talent through free agency and the draft to help the defense is imperative. The Redskins can’t return to the playoffs in 2017 if the defense turns in another performance like their 2016 effort. The defense will need talent from outside of the current roster to improve. The talent that will keep the offense performing at a high level is already in the building.
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Over the past two seasons the Redskins have portrayed themselves as a well run organization which would explain the back to back winning seasons. The uncertainty surrounding the team since the end of the season is disturbing. The Redskins are looking more like a soap opera or a reality show than a finely tuned football machine. If this does not change quickly bad times are around the corner. This Redskins team is playoff caliber with a few additions. They deserve to play in championship level games and their fans deserve to see it happen.