Redskins Smoke Signals: Your morning Redskins News for March 1

The Washington Redskins placed the exclusive franchise tag on QB Kirk Cousins yesterday, as expected.  Liz Clarke believes the one component to the Cousins’ saga that the Redskins miscalculated the most was Cousins’ own confidence.   More on the tag application.   Rich Tandler provides his preview of what may lie next between the Redskins and Cousins.  This article indicates that the 49ers may still be set on acquiring Cousins from Washington.

According to multiple reports, the Redskins must be ‘blown away’ in order to trade Cousins.  Blown away apparently means an RG3 type of trade.  You know what that means?  Cousins will be in DC this season.

Some minor roster news, OT Ty Nysekhe and OT Vinston Painter  will return to Washington on tenders.

With the turning of the calendar into March, the Redskins and the NFL are nine days away from NFL free agency.  With free agency approaching, besides the Cousins’ saga, the Redskins are mum on WR DeSean Jackson and WR Pierre Garcon, both set to become unrestricted free agents.   Could one such target to replace those two receivers be the Bears’ Ashlon Jeffrey?  Doubtful.  Given the cap hit the Redskins took by placing the tag on Cousins, the cap hit required to sign Jeffrey is likely too large.  Remember, the Redskins need to rebuild their defense.

Here is small paragraphs on each team free agency needs.  This article focuses on the need for the Redskins to upgrade left guard and options for that upgrade.  CSN Washington takes a look at free agency and running back for the Redskins.  Adrian Peterson’s option was not picked up by Minnesota and Jamaal Charles was released yesterday.  I would pas son both.  Running back is just too much of a crap shoot and relying the running game on an aging veteran and a running back that can’t stay healthy is the wrong direction.  Running backs can be had at nearly every round of the draft with an effective offensive line.  I’m actually good with Robert Kelley, Matt Jones, and Chris Thompson.  But hey, I write a blog, not man a front office.

Should the Redskins extend head coach Jay Gruden?    That is a huge questions.  The fact that Gruden’s contract has not been extended likely was a huge factor in some of the bigger defensive coordinators candidates shying away from Washington earlier this off-season.  Will that head coaching uncertainty hurt the Redskins in free agency?

Endzone Score asks what the Redskins problem is?  Of course it is defense.  But, even bigger is, even with GM Scot McCloughan, dysfunction and Bruce Allen remains significant issues inside the front office.  You can see it on how the Cousins’ two year saga has played out and the indecisiveness on Jackson and Garcon.