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Redskins have tough decisions, options, regarding the quarterback position



The Washington Redskins find themselves in a bind regarding the most important position in football. Over the past year, Washington lost Kirk Cousins to free agency and Alex Smith to a potentially career ending injury.

An already frustrating conundrum continues to look murky when it comes to draft position. If the season ended today, the Redskins would pick 17th in the 2019 NFL Draft. This quarterback class is considered weak at the top and lacking depth down the stretch.

To say the Redskins may have to get creative at the quarterback position is an understatement. Cutting Smith would result in $40 million in dead money and they will have an estimated $17 million in salary cap space, according to spotrac. Creative options are still options, however, and Washington does have options. Outside of drafting a quarterback in the first round, Jay Gruden and company have many different stones to turn.

Sign Nick Mullens to a multi-year contract

Many thought the San Francisco 49ers wouldn’t win another game after franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season ending injury in week three. After some shuffling at the position, Nick Mullens has settled in as the team’s de facto starter and shows promise as a developing quarterback.

The first year pro has endeared himself in six starts this year, throwing for 10 touchdowns, only 6 interceptions and nearly 1,800 yards. He’s thrown for at least 250 yards and a score in five of his six starts and is coming off a two game winning streak against the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

For the Redskins, Mullens is a cheaper option but one with upside. He’s had enough consistent success to be alluring and could be sold to a fanbase as a developing prospect that can improve with more playing time. The 23-year-old shows enough promise to warrant a shot at a full-time starting job. 

Trade for Jameis Winston

Talent trumps all in the NFL and there is no greater example of that than Jameis Winston. Seemingly always in the news for some sort of off-the-field issue, Winston seems to have worn out his welcome in Tampa Bay. It’s likely the team will try to move on from the former first overall pick once the season has ended. The good news for Washington is that Winston still shows flashes of the player he was drafted to be. In a league where wins are paramount, it’s difficult to be picky.

Winston is only 24-years-old and a change of scenery could fix some of his behavioral and playing woes.

The tricky part of this scenario is cap space and trade compensation. Winston’s 5th year option is worth over $20 million and and the Buccaneers could take lower compensation to get that money off the books. The Redskins would have to cut some salary in order to take on that contract, however. They’d likely be forced to cut Smith and absorb over $40 million in dead cap. The Redskins could package players and draft picks to balance out their cap and still get a young quarterback who formerly played at a Pro Bowl level.  

Sign Teddy Bridgewater to a multi-year contract

The past few years have been tumultuous for Teddy Bridgewater. Entering his third year, he was on every short list as a breakout candidate. A shredded knee in training camp put an end to those aspirations and he’s played sparingly since 2015. The knee injury effectively ended his Vikings career and after signing with the Jets this past off-season, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. Bridgewater has only thrown one pass this season.

He is a wildcard, but Bridgewater showed well in the 2018 pre-season. The Redskins could try to salvage the ability he showed before the knee injury. They won’t be alone, however, as the Saints and other teams will likely bid for Bridgewater’s services. The New York Giants come to mind as another team that could make a run at the former 32nd overall pick. Pat Shurmur, former Vikings offensive coordinator, could replace the aging Eli Manning with Bridgewater. The cap issues in Washington could create a problem for them if there is a bidding war that gets out of control. Quarterbacks always command more money compared to projections. 

After the Vikings signed former Redskins starter, Kirk Cousins, it would seem fitting that Bridgewater ends up in Washington. Jay Gruden’s ability to get the most out of his quarterbacks makes this destination more appealing than many others around the league.



Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit



New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, has struck a settlement with a man, Ophir Sternberg, that claimed that he nearly killed a toddle by throwing furniture off of a Miami apartment building balcony, according to TMZ.

In the lawsuit, Sternberg claims his 22-month-old son was walking around the pool at the high-end apartment complex back in April 2018 when suddenly “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”

Sternberg claimed that Brown tossed everything from vases, an ottoman, and other pieces of furniture from the balcony and they landed within feet of the toddler.

Brown had denied throwing the items, claiming that it was another person who had access to his apartment on that day.

Police responded to the scene and reported that Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived, noting that people have been trying to calm Brown down.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested



Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).

Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.

According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.

Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.

Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.

Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.

“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.

The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”

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Mike Tannenbaum Joins ESPN



Following his run as Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins, and long-overdue dismissal following a disaster 2018 season, Mike Tannenbaum is joining ESPN, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

Tannenbaum will end up being ESPN’s replacement for Bill Polian, who retired from broadcasting to become a co-founder of the Alliance of American Football, which officially ended all operations last week.

Tannenbaum will make appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Live, and other ESPN productions in the build up to the NFL Draft and will also be a part of ESPN’s draft coverage during the 2019 NFL Draft.

At the end of the 2018 season, Tannenbaum was “reassigned” within the Dolphins organization, although no details were provided at the time and no information regarding his re-assignment have been made public since.

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