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Ten things I think will happen for the Redskins this offseason
This is not a list of what I want to happen. It's educated guesses on what I think could happen this offseason. Below each, I indicate whether I agree with the decision and/or explain in greater detail.
1. Kirk Cousins gets tagged:
- I would personally approve of this move. A long term deal will be tricky for both sides. You're looking at around $24 million, which would be the one-year tag price, as an annual salary. I don't think the Redskins should do that right now.
2. Pierre Garcon gets re-signed:
- This is another tricky one. If I had to choose between Garcon and DeSean Jackson, I would pick Jackson. I think his skill-set is a lot harder to replace. Every year teams look to the draft to find a fast receiver that quickly gets compared to Jackson. But there's only one DeSean Jackson and he's proved that throughout his entire 9-year career. It would be awesome if they could keep both players. But Garcon has been a core Redskin and could be easier to re-sign.
3. If the Redskins move on from Joe Barry, they will return to a 4-3 defense:
- There's no guarantee that the Redskins will make any changes at defensive coordinator. On Monday, Head Coach Jay Gruden said coaches will be evaluated with players the next couple weeks. He hopes that he'll have "a lot" of say when it comes to the coaching staff. He's the main reason the team hired Barry. Not to mention, he's been pretty faithful with guys he's "banged the table" for in the past. But if he does make a change here, I think the team will return to a 4-3. I'd like the move. It's just time for a return. They've failed at bringing in legit 3-4 coaches and it could be easier to improve the defense.
4. WR Josh Doctson has another disappointing offseason:
- Doctson was reportedly optimistic about his status during locker room clean-out on Monday. But Jay Gruden painted a different, more frustrated picture in his presser. "This is a unique deal," said Gruden. "I can’t even guess for what’s going on with his Achilles, I really can’t. And I think it’s both of them." The Redskins are really excited to get their 2016 first round pick on the field. Even when he does return, there's a lot to his game I think he'll need to work on and it begins with his feet.
5. Redskins don't spend big on defensive line:
- There's a few big name defensive line prospects heading into free agency, like Brandon Williams and Dontari Poe. But I don't think the Redskins will throw big money at guys on the market. That hasn't been their M.O. for a long time now. Although, contrary to popular belief, GM Scot McCloughan isn't completely against throwing big money at free agents. Josh Norman is an example of that. But don't get your hopes up on the team making a "huge" splash on the DL via free agency.
6. Draft another QB:
- This shouldn't come as a surprise to many. Scot McCloughan has a philosophy that he learned from his time with the Green Bay Packers - to draft QBs regardless of whom you already have at helm. This is not to say he'll go QB in round one or two. However, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Cousins, I wouldn't be surprised if he drafts a QB at any point in 2017.
7. Go offense in the first or second round:
- Scot McCloughan doesn't care what anyone thinks. First off, he has a tendency to go skill position early in drafts. He knows the team needs more defensive talent. But for those who thinks he will go defense heavy in 2017, he won't do that intentionally. He believes in his board and will go by that, not need.
- If you think Washington's 2017 free agent list is loaded, just take a quick glance at 2018. There's some young, key talents that will become available including Trent Murphy, Morgan Moses and Bashaud Breeland. While he may have had a down season in 2016, Breeland (24) is still one of the younger players on this team. He has talent and the Redskins would be wise to lock him up long-term. Especially since he should come at a reasonable price. As for Morgan Moses, he's become an above average starter at Right Tackle and has upside to continue growing into a high-end starter. The Redskins should definitely solidify the right side of their offensive line long-term by extending Moses' contract.
9. Junior Galette makes it through an entire offseason:
- There's no way Galette suffers a season ending injury three years in a row prior to even playing a game! He is a free agent, but expect the Redskins to bring him back as a rotational player. He brings speed and a dog mentality, which is something this group is missing.
10. Sean McVay remains offensive coordinator:
- McVay will be considered for numerous Head Coaching positions this offseason. However, this often happens with young coordinators. He's an extremely young coach (31) and will have more opportunities in the near future. He'll get a feel of the process this offseason but will ultimately return to the Redskins, I believe.
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