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Draft Day Does Not Bring Transparency To Redskins Plans

Posted by Matt Terl on April 22, 2010 – 10:42 am

You would think, given that the start of the NFL Draft is a scant eight hours away, that the picture would be resolving. That things would be settling into place, the smokescreens of the last weeks and months would be lifting, and we would have a much, much clearer idea of who is being selected.

This would not be correct. Here, for example, is Mike Lombardi of National Football Post, writing this morning:

Many people in the NFL believe the draft will start with Washington at the No. 4 pick. No one really has a feel for what the ‘Skins will do, and they can head in a number of different directions. But I keep hearing offensive tackle is not one of the positions they’ll pick – no smoke screen. I have a hunch, and it’s only a hunch, that it might be safety Eric Berry.

Or Peter King, in the introduction to his final mock draft yesterday (which he considers “the mock draft of record,” for whatever that’s worth), noting that “Washington GM Bruce Allen and coach Mike Shanahan have always been pros at disguising their draft intentions,” and:

Washington has a crying need for a tackle, its biggest need by far. There are three or four very good ones projected as top picks. Washington has the fourth pick in the first round, its only pick in the top 100. Shanahan twice shocked the world with Denver, picking John Mobley (1996) and Jay Cutler (2006) when no one had a clue he cared about either. His son, new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, has been talking about how swell he thinks his line is, particularly tackles Stephen Heyer and Artis Hicks. Allen and Mike Shanahan have said they might take a quarterback at number four.

So here’s where things stand right now, if you read the internet: the Redskins are either taking an offensive tackle, taking a safety, taking a quarterback, trading up to take a quarterback, — and whatever they do, they’re controlling the entire draft. Awesome.

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T.O. To Redskins Rumors Recur, Fans Seem Marginally Less Explodey (Updated)

Posted by Matt Terl on April 20, 2010 – 10:53 am

Well, the LAST time rumors surfaced linking Terrell Owens with the Redskins, fans were largely opposed. And by “largely opposed,” I mean “the title of my post about the rumor was ‘Terrell Owens On The Market, Redskins Fans About To Explode'”.

The rumor has come around again, this time via an ESPN report that new Redskins QB Donovan McNabb is “open to T.O. reunion.”

Leaving aside the actual likelihood of such a report for the moment, I’m intrigued to see that the fans … well, they don’t seem quite as opposed to the idea as they did last March. There’s still a strong negative sentiment, of course, but sprinkled throughout is something that seems a little more … open to the idea.
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Jay Cutler Is A Bear (Updated)

Posted by Matt Terl on April 2, 2009 – 5:28 pm

Stop the rumor mill, everyone can get off. Jay Cutler is a Chicago Bear. The bizarre Jason Campbell/Colt Brennan debate can recommence in D.C. (or at least in the comments here).

UPDATE: Per the Chicago Tribune the deal is the Bears first picks in 2009 and 2010, their third in 2009, and Kyle Orton for Cutler. Read more »

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The Jay Cutler Rumors Strike Back

Posted by Matt Terl on April 1, 2009 – 2:19 pm

After just under two weeks of relative calm, the rumors of disgruntled Broncos QB Jay Cutler becoming a Redskin picked up steam again today, mainly because the Broncos have decided that they’ve had enough of the guy and are throwing him on the open market. And when a superstar player goes on the open market, guess where he’s inevitably linked.

Actually, in Charles Robinson’s initial roundup of the likely Cutler destinations last night on Yahoo Sports, he doesn’t list the Redskins in his top seven (although he does acknowledge that ProFootballTalk is rumoring a Cutler-to-D.C. move). Four hours later, though, Robinson has the Redskins solidly on his expanded list of Cutler’s possible suitors.

This would be Dan Snyder all the way, and he’s sending some signals that would make Washington obvious contenders. First, he has declined to extend current starter Jason Campbell, who is entering the last year of his deal, showing the team still isn’t sold that he’s a long-term answer. Second, Snyder was on hand when the Redskins worked out USC’s Mark Sanchez, a clear indicator that Washington has more than a faint interest in exploring other options. In Washington’s favor, it has a solid No. 1 pick to offer, and Campbell could be part of a deal as well. Working against the Redskins are other teams with better draft picks to offer, and Campbell’s skills don’t fit in the system the Broncos will run under McDaniels.

USA Today’s The Huddle blog agrees, listing the Redskins as one of five teams “Hot On Cutler’s Trail”:

Washington Redskins: An intriguing option in that the Redskins can offer the best starting-ready QB in a two-team deal. Current Washington starter Jason Campbell was probably the MVP of the first half last season, and would offer the Broncos a stable, if not top-tier, signal caller. Cutler would appease Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s indulgence in star players. And the Redskins can offer the 13th pick in this year’s draft.

And the Denver Post lists the Redskins “among the leading candidates” for the dissatisfied QB.

The Redskins have a proven young quarterback in Jason Campbell and would meet the Broncos’ preference of dealing Cutler outside their American Football Conference. The Redskins also have the No. 13 selection in this year’s draft on April 25, one spot behind the Broncos.

So far, it’s all just somewhat arbitrary speculation, and no one here has said anything yet to make me believe that anything about the team’s position has actually changed since that last go around two weeks ago. That said, it’s an awful lot of speculation — enough to make me wonder whether such a trade would even make sense. Read more »

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Thursday, March 19: So, About This Jay Cutler Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on March 19, 2009 – 9:29 am

I got a lot of email yesterday about those rumors of the Redskins making a trade for disgruntled Broncos QB Jay Cutler, and I feel fairly confident that there’s absolutely no fire to the smoke. People can parse Vinny Cerrato’s denial in as much minute detail as they’d like, but everything I’m hearing here is that what he meant is pretty much what he said: Jason Campbell is the quarterback next year, and we’re not trading for Cutler.

It’s also useful to remember that the Redskins fans aren’t the only team in the league where such rumors get going when a big-ticket guy is available. Over at SI.com, Don Banks takes a look at the Cutler coverage around the league:

• The Dallas Morning News shooting down a notion that has taken on a life of its own on Cowboys blogs: Trading Tony Romo for Cutler straight up. No word on whether Jessica Simpson goes too.

• Various outlets pooh-poohing the idea that a Cutler for Donovan McNabb trade makes sense in Philadelphia. It has been correctly noted that the thin-skinned Cutler might just get his feelings roughed up a bit in a town of Philly’s ilk.

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A Mild Inaccuracy On ProFootballTalk

Posted by Matt Terl on March 16, 2009 – 1:42 pm

ProFootballTalk has a post up at the moment headlined “Portis Doesn’t Show For Start Off Redskins’ Offseason Workouts”. It’s highlighting a quote from Jim Zorn last week in which Zorn mentions that he doesn’t expect Portis to attend offseason workouts.

Here’s PFT:

Our friends at the Red Zone noticed at the bottom of an article about the Redskins’ offseason workout program a mention of the fact that star running back Clinton Portis is expected to be a no-show for Day One.

“I fully expect him to be here participating at some point,” coach Jim Zorn said, according to the Washington Post. “I talked to Clinton on the phone yesterday, and he knows what it means. He’s just trying to work out his schedule. He’s been working out his schedule.”

Yeah, it’s hard to “work out his schedule” with more than two months off since the last day of work.

But here’s the thing: Clinton Portis was absolutely here today — I saw him myself — and, according to the people I asked, he did indeed work out. (I asked in case he had dropped by for some other, unrelated reason, although I really can’t think of what that might’ve been.) Sure, it’s not nearly on the level of declaring Terry Bradshaw dead, but it’s still a little peculiar. That said, the Albert Haynesworth photoshop he links to is actually kinda funny.

(UPDATE: PFT has corrected this.) Read more »

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