Washington NFL Rumors & News

Redskins Trade For Vikings’ No. 199 Pick

The Vikings and Redskins made a sixth-round deal, with Minnesota trading the No. 199 selection to Washington, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com tweets. Minnesota also sent a seventh-round choice, pick No. 230, to Washington and will receive the Redskins’ seventh-rounder (No. 220), Goessling notes (on Twitter).

Washington moved up two spots to select Wyoming center Chase Roullier, Master Tefatsion of the Washington Post reports (on Twitter). The Redskins have former third-round pick Spencer Long entering a contract year, doing so as former longtime snapper Kory Lichtensteiger retired.



Fabian Moreau's Pec Is "Looking Great"

  • UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau‘s pectoral muscle is “looking great,” tweets NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. This reassurance probably convinced the Redskins to take the defensive back with the 81st-overall pick.


Redskins Not Looking To Draft QB In Day 2

The Redskins, it seems, have rebuffed advances for their starting quarterback. With that in mind, they are not looking to draft a quarterback on Day 2, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (video link).Redskins Helmet (Vertical)

Instead, the Redskins will only look into a quarterback on Day 3, which would indicate that they are more interested in taking a developmental type of player. It’s an interesting play for the Redskins when considering that they have yet to make a long-term commitment to Kirk Cousins. Despite proving himself across multiple seasons, Washington has so far been unwilling to pay him like a top quarterback. If Cousins turns in another strong season, the Redskins will either have to give him the monster multi-year deal he is seeking or give him a third franchise tag which would upwards of $34MM.

The Redskins have plenty of non-QB needs to address in the pivotal second and third rounds, but they’re also doing themselves a disservice if they do not consider some of the top arms available. If they cannot retain Cousins in 2018, they could be left scrambling.

The Redskins own the No. 49 and No. 81 picks in tonight’s section of the draft.

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Redskins Shopping RB Matt Jones

The Redskins are shopping running back Matt Jones, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Redskins are likely to add another running back this weekend and that would squeeze Jones out of the picture. "<strong

The former third round pick has had flashes of brilliance in the past, but he has not been able to produce consistently. Jones’ struggles with ball security turned him from a rising star to an afterthought and he’s now likely on his way out of D.C. Still, another team might want to kick the tires on Jones based on his potential and inexpensive salary. He’s signed through the 2018 campaign with base salaries under $800K.

Last year, Jones had a pair of 100+ yard games. On October 2, Jones had 22 carries for 117 yards and one touchdown against Cleveland. Then, on October 16, he had 135 yards off of 16 carries and also added a rushing touchdown. The following week, he suffered a knee injury and that opened the door for Robert Kelley to take his starting gig. Even though he returned to full health, he did not see the field for the rest of the season.

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Four Teams Call Redskins About Kirk Cousins

“At least four teams” have called the Redskins about quarterback Kirk Cousins, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets. It’s not immediately clear whether the Redskins are listening with an open mind. Earlier tonight, we learned that the Browns called to inquire on Cousins, but we don’t know who the other three teams are. Kirk Cousins (vertical)

Cousins has been in trade rumors this offseason as the Redskins still have yet to make a long-term commitment to him. For the time being, Cousins is slated to play out the 2017 season on an expensive repeat franchise tag. The Redskins might not be ready to pay him like a top 12 quarterback, but another team likely would be.

I would imagine that any package for Cousins would include a high 2017 draft pick that would allow the Redskins to add a promising young quarterback. With Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, and Patrick Mahomes already off of the board, it’s not clear which available QB, if any, would allow the Redskins to part with Cousins.

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Redskins Draft Alabama DL Jonathan Allen

The Redskins have selected defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the No. 17 overall pick. The Alabama product was regarded by many prognosticators as a top five talent in this year’s class. Jonathan Allen (vertical)

Allen’s slide may have been tied to his medical situation. He is said to have two arthritic shoulders, though he says that he is currently symptom free.

It’s not really a problem now,” Allen said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “But it might be a problem 15, 20 years down the road.”

Today we learned that the Redskins were high on Allen and were pondering a trade up to get him. Surprisingly, they were able to stand pat and land him.

As a senior, Allen had 69 tackles, including 16 tackles for a loss. He also had 10.5 sacks, nearly matching his 12 sack total from 2015.

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Browns Attempting To Trade For Kirk Cousins?

The Browns are trying to trade for Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). At this time, Rapoport says the Browns aren’t particularly interested in dealing Cousins, but anything is possible.

Meanwhile, Redskins sources are telling Dianna Russini of ESPN.com (on Twitter) that Cousins will not be traded to the Browns. Also, top Cleveland exec Sashi Brown told reporters that the Browns have not called on Cousins (via Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer).Kirk Cousins (vertical)

For his part, Cousins has said that he wants to remain with the Redskins.

I want to be where I’m wanted, and that’s what I’ve said all along,” Cousins said recently. “When a team is willing to step up and commit to me fully for the long haul, then why would I want to be anywhere else? I mean, this is an incredible fan base. It’s one of the top five fan bases in the history of the NFL. It goes all the way back to the early 1930s. There’s three Super Bowl trophies, there’s multiple Hall of Famers, there’s high character players still living in the area — Darrell Green, Art Monk, guys that we can learn from. I love this organization and want to see us get back to those glory days that they had with Coach (Joe) Gibbs in the ’80s and early ’90s. And I want to add to that great history. There’s really no reason to want to look elsewhere. It’s a matter of wanting to be where you’re wanted, and I think that’s what all of us want — not just in football but in any walk of life.”

Cousins started in all of the Redskins’ games over the past two seasons and helped the team to a 17-14-1 record, including an NFC East title in 2015. Along the way, Cousins combined for over 9,000 yards, 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

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Extra Points: Redskins, Allen, Steelers

The Redskins are high on Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Redskins currently own the No. 17 pick in the draft, so they’ll likely need to move up to get him. Then again, Allen might not make it out of the top five.

Here’s more news before the draft gets underway:

  • Washington defensive backs Kevin King and Budda Baker are on the Steelers‘ “radar”, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. Pittsburgh has used early picks on secondary help over the past few seasons, as Artie Burns, Sean Davis, and Senquez Golson have all been added to the defensive backfield since 2015. Golson, however, hasn’t been able to get on the field due to injuries, and the Steelers could use more help in the back end. King would give the club a physical corner to play outside, while Baker can play deep safety and the slot.
  • Some folks in the Dolphins organization are really high on linebacker Haason Reddick, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald hears. His fans in Miami believe that he can be a great weakside linebacker right off of the bat and they like his explosive pass rush skills.
  • An official from one team tells Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (on Twitter) that Gareon Conley will go in the first round.
  • Colts defensive lineman David Parry will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement this week, Stephen Holder of the Indy Star writes. Originally, he was facing felony charges stemming from a February arrest in Arizona. It remains to be seen whether he’ll face team or league punishment.

Redskins Met With Jabrill Peppers

A Redskins contingent including leading exec Bruce Allen worked out and had dinner with Jabrill Peppers in Ann Arbor last weekend, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter), meanwhile, hears that the Redskins have explored trading into the late first round. The versatile Michigan product could be a target for them there as they seek secondary help. Some teams, meanwhile, might be shying away from Peppers after his diluted sample at the combine.

Redskins, Morgan Moses Agree To Extension

The Redskins and tackle Morgan Moses reached agreement on five-year extension, according to Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The new deal will make him NFL’s second-highest paid right tackle. Exact terms of the deal are not yet known."<strong

Moses was set to play out the final year of his deal before potentially hitting the open market next March. The Redskins theoretically could have drafted his replacement this weekend, but this isn’t a strong year for offensive tackles and the team has larger needs to address. Also, the Redskins had the cap room necessary to get a deal done. Preferring not to sweat things out at the end of the 2017 season, Washington has paid big bucks to lock Moses down for the foreseeable future.

The 26-year-old has made a great case for a raise in 2016. He’s coming off his second consecutive 16-start season, one in which he ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 17th-best tackle among 78 qualifiers. Left tackle Trent Williams finished first, giving the Redskins an elite pair of tackles.

Lane Johnson of the Eagles has the most lucrative deal of any right tackle in the NFL. His $56.25MM deal is set to run through the 2021 season. We’re waiting on the full numbers but Moses’ deal, presumably, will surpass Ricky Wagner‘s five-year, $47.5MM free agent deal signed with the Lions this offseason.

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