Redskins Announce the Release of Safety Kyshoen Jarrett

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The Redskins Monday announced they have released Kyshoen Jarrett after the safety failed his physical before training camp.

Jarrett sustained nerve damage to a shoulder in the regular-season finale against Dallas. He didn’t participate in any offseason activities. Coach Jay Gruden said in May that the 23-year-old player was seeing a specialist in Denver.

Jarrett, a Virginia Tech product, appeared in all 16 regular-season games in his rookie year and started six. He had 58 tackles, which includes his time on special teams.

Jarrett’s release leaves 88 players on the roster. The Redskins open camp Thursday in Richmond, Virginia.

Redskins Work Out QB Jimmy Clausen

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Jimmy Clausen is back on the NFL radar, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Redskins worked out Clausen, per a source.

Clausen started three games in 2015, one with the Chicago Bears and two with the Baltimore Ravens. He owns a 54 percent completion rate for his career with seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He had an awful performance in Chicago’s September loss to the Seahawks last season, completing nine of 17 passes for 63 yards in a 26-0 loss.

The 28-year-old signal caller hasn’t been considered a viable starter since his wayward rookie season with the Carolina Panthers in 2010. Still, he could find work as a competent backup that can run an offense in a pinch.

Redskins to Place the Franchise Tag on QB Kirk Cousins

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It sounds like the Redskins will have their quarterback in place after all, as the team is going to franchise QB Kirk Cousins in advance to today’s deadline, this according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.

Talks between Cousins and the Skins broke down recently, but that’s not going to stop the team from making sure they don’t lose the quarterback.

Last season was a breakout one for Cousins, as Washington went 9-7, and the QB threw for 4,166 yards with an impressive 29 touchdowns and just 11 picks.

The non-exclusive franchise tag for quarterbacks is worth $19.953MM.

GM McCloughan Says He Met With Kirk Cousins’ Agent at the Combine

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Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said he met Kirk Cousins‘ agent at the scouting combine as well as with the free agent quarterback last week, reiterating a desire to reach a long-term deal, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Earlier Wednesday, coach Jay Gruden said he feels “pretty good” that the team will agree to a deal with Cousins after the way the quarterback turned the page on the Robert Griffin III era last season.

McCloughan said it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that they would have to apply the franchise tag on Cousins by the March 1 deadline. McCloughan said the preference is completing a long-term deal to provide flexibility and more money for other contracts.

“It’s an option we have, but I’d rather get a long-term deal done and not have to worry about the tag,” McCloughan said. “I had a good conversation with [Cousins] last week in my office. He’s a quality guy. He wants to be a Redskin and knows the players, he knows he’s respected. The coaching staff respects him and he respects them. That’s very important in this business.”

McCloughan has a long-time relationship with Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney. McCloughan said they have continued to talk, though the sides had reached an impasse.

“There are conversations going on every day,” McCloughan said. “I know [Cousins] respects the Redskins quite a bit and I know he wants to be here. … I’ve been through this many times and it takes a little time. It’s not something you do overnight.”

Bruce Allen Says RG III Won’t Be Back with the Redskins in 2016

Redskins President Bruce Allen said today what everyone already knew, that being quarterback Robert Griffin III won’t be back with the team in 2016.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise after the 2015 season ended and the relationship between Griffin and the Redskins over the last year.

Here’s the comments from Allen as reported by ESPN:

“I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team,” Allen said. “We’ve heard from some teams that are interested. I think he’s going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future.”

The Redskins have been able to release Griffin since Feb. 8, the day after the Super Bowl. They can release him any time until 4 p.m. March 9, when the new league year begins. If Griffin were still on the roster at that point, his 2016 option would kick in and he would count $16.155 million against the salary cap.

The end of the RG III era with the Redskins comes after he led the team to the postseason in his rookie season, and then by his final year he sat and watched as Kirk Cousins led the team to the postseason.

He’ll find some team to pay him in 2016, it just depends on which one and how much and the type of opportunity.

Report: Talks Between Redskins and QB Cousins Break Off

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The Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins are at a fragile point in their relationship, as today Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Twitter that talks between team and QB have broken off, and there’s no further talks set.

It’s interesting to see what Cousins thinks he’s worth after leading the team to a NFC East title this past season, and also what the Redskins are willing to pay him.

Redskins President Bruce Allen Feels a Deal with QB Cousins Will Get Done

In an interview that touched on a host of pressing offseason issues, Redskins President Bruce Allen told ESPN980 Wednesday that he expected the ongoing contract talks with quarterback Kirk Cousins would “work itself out,” Liz Clarke of the Washington Post reports.

“Kirk wants to be a Washington Redskin, and we want Kirk to be a Redskin,” Allen said, confirming that contract talks with Cousins’s agent are under way. “It’ll work itself out.”

Speaking to radio host and former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley from the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Allen also said that he expected quarterback Robert Griffin III, once the face of the franchise who was demoted to third string on the eve of the 2015 season, would get an opportunity to place elsewhere and, depending what he did with the opportunity, could reclaim the magic of his rookie season.

“I think he’s going to get an opportunity,” Allen said. “It’s what he does with it.”

Redskins at Cowboys NFL Week 17 Inactives

Redskins inactives: Robert Griffin III, Matt Jones, Dashon Goldson, Quinton Dunbar, Perry Riley, Trent Williams, Jason Hatcher

Cowboys inactives: Jameill Showers, Vince Mayle, Rodney Smith, Chaz Green, La’el Collins, Morris Claiborne, Sean Lee