On Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted that Cousins intended to sign his tag soon and be a “good soldier,” understanding the Redskins are unlikely to trade him. Some speculated the sixth-year pro could sit out most of the offseason without signing the tender in an effort to leverage a trade out of Washington.
Signing the tag, however, at least opens the possibility of a trade, even if those options have dwindled. The 49ers are reportedly not interested in paying the price it might take to pry Cousins away from the Redskins this season — plus handing him a massive contract. San Francisco, who has been heavily connected to Cousins thanks to his relationship with Kyle Shanahan, could be comfortable waiting until 2018 to make a run if the QB finally hits the open market.
Washington inked the 35-year-old lineman after a successful Monday morning workout. Jenkins spent the past three seasons with the New York Giants after two campaigns with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to that, he started 66 games for the Green Bay Packers from 2004 to 2010.
It’s a depth signing for the ‘Skins, who plan to roll out a D-line led by Chris Baker, Kedric Golston and cheap jerseys and Ricky Jean-Francois. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the club dump Jenkins if younger talent becomes available in the oncoming flood of league-wide cuts.
The Redskins kicker lined up for a 45-yard field goal attempt with 4:56 to play in the second quarter on Sunday and proceeded to hit the ball on top of the left upright. The oblong sphere ricocheted off the post and back into the end zone. It was a highly unusual miss, to say the least.
The uprights were raised from 30 to 35 feet before the start of the 2014 season — the so-called “Tucker Rule”. Factoring in the crossbar, the total height of the goal post is 45 feet. So, Hopkins hit a target the size of a coaster from 45 yards away and 45 feet up. Ten bucks says he can’t do it again.
Doctson was picked No. 22 overall after topping 1,000 yards receiving and double-digit touchdowns each of the past two seasons at TCU. He joins DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed on a list of pretty impressive offensive tools for Cousins in his second year as the starter.
Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan called the pick a “slam dunk” back in May despite their depth at the position. Now it looks as though Doctson will get a chance to prove his GM correct as he works his way back onto the playing field.
The crown jewel of the Redskins’ defense, Norman has had an effective first season in Washington, limiting multiple opposing star receivers to minimal gains. Opposing offenses have been forced to turn elsewhere to make inroads against Washington’s pass defense, as evidenced by the Week 1 game in which Pittsbugh’s Antonio Brown lit it up against Breeland.
Norman has impressed folks across the league, including NFL Network’s Ike Taylor, who placed Norman atop his Week 7 cornerback rankings.
There didn’t appear animosity behind Cousins’ fiery question. It was the reaction of a competitor with a subtle but clear underlying message: Pay me.
Cousins signed his $19.9 million franchise tag this offseason knowing he’d have to prove himself to earn a long-term deal after just 25 career starts. McCloughan added this summer that he hoped Cousins played so well this year he forced the team to fork over a Brinks Truck-worth of dough.