It looks like the Los Angeles Rams might not pay cornerback Trumaine Johnson $16.7 million this season after all. Rapoport reported that the team is listening to trade offers for Johnson, which usually translates to: “Please send us offers.” Former Rams coordinator Gregg Williams is now with the Browns, which makes Cleveland a logical landing spot.
3) NFL Network’s Mike Silver made waves by guessing that it’s “more likely than not” that Kirk Cousins ultimately will land with the San Francisco 49ers. Silver admitted it was a guess, but the key part of his statement was a belief that Cousins wants to join Kyle Shanahan across the country. If the Redskins have a quarterback who wants out and they can obtain a boatload of picks for him, this deal actually could happen.
He’s someone who can play off the ball on run downs, he can run sideline to sideline with all kinds of range and athleticism, and in passing situations, if you want to let him put his hand on the ground and go hunt quarterbacks, he can do that.
The Redskins have to get better at stopping the run. Tomlinson has been underrated throughout this process and is a rock-solid run defender. He helps this team get better because he can eat up blockers and allow linebackers to run and chase.
McCloughan’s absence comes at one of the busiest times of the year for NFL general managers and front offices. Like many teams, the Redskins are expected to be active in free agency. They have roughly $34 million in room to work with under the $167 million salary cap, according to Overthecap.com.
The Redskins also have some notable unrestricted free agents, including DeSean Jackson and cheap jerseys and Pierre Garcon. Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who the team placed under the franchise tag for the second straight season, has been the subject of potential trade reports.
Manusky joined the Redskins in 2016 after four seasons as the Indianapolis Colts’ DC. The 50 year old began his coaching career in Washington (as linebackerS coach) in 2001. He then spent stints as a defensive coordinator in San Francisco (2007-2010) and San Diego (2011) before heading to Indy.
The Redskins fired Joe Barry two weeks ago after a disappointing 2016 season. Washington ended the season ranked 28th in yards allowed. Barry’s defense failed to force a turnover in four of the unit’s final six games and allowed 140-plus rushing yards in the final three tilts.
Now that his last two offensive coordinators — Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay — are overseeing their own teams in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Cousins’ leverage ratchets up another notch with the knowledge that he has suitors outside of Washington.
Having placed his franchise in checkmate, Cousins is ready to cash in his winning ticket after betting on himself in a make-or-break contract year. He has little incentive to sign for even a penny less than the highest contract in football.
Solving their defensive woes is a huge part of Washington’s offseason in 2017. After firing coordinator Joe Barry two weeks ago, the team also confirmed interviews with Mike Pettine and Gus Bradley. Pettine, having come up under Rex Ryan as a defensive coordinator, runs a similar pressure-oriented scheme.
While it would be heartbreaking to go through a season without at least one of the Ryan brothers in a position of power, it’s beginning to look that way. Rex has gone largely silent since being dismissed as the head coach of the Bills and, outside of this interview, not much has been heard from Rob. Clearly, the Redskins wanted to find out for themselves if the Ryan defensive scheme was too complicated to install.