According to Brian McNally, the Washington Redskins and WR Peirre Garcon have still not begun any substantive discussion on a contract extension. We hear the same reports regarding QB Kirk Cousins.
GM Scot McCloughan made be completely focused on the NFL Draft, but he also has significant free agents to worry about. Among those are Garcon and WR DeSean Jackson. Both starting wide receivers are free agents and it appeared to be common sense that the Redskins, despite over 60 million in salary cap space, would not be able to resign both. Naturally, it made sense for Washington to go with more stability and health in Garcon.
Immediately after the New England Patriots stunned the Atlanta Falcons with the greatest comeback in Superbowl history, the Redskins posted an image on their Facebook account that indicated the 2017 season had begun. Noticeably missing in the image was WR DeSean Jackson. That brought a rebuke from Jackson and LT Trent Williams. It may have also been a clearer picture as to what the Redskins front office brass thought of resigning Jackson.
What is stunning about these reports is the fact the Redskins front office has not even had any real, substantive discussions with Cousins or Garcon. That is completely mystifying to me. Free agency is just 30 days away and the Redskins apparently do not think it is that important to begin discussion on contract parameters? Not only is it bewildering from a business stand point, but it likely also causes hard feelings to develop between the players and the franchise.
Besides Garcon and Cousins, the Redskins may also be looking to a long-term deal with RT Morgan Moses. That would sow up both bookends for a substantial period of time. Then again, the Redskins front office appears to be in no hurry to do anything.
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