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Redskins Pickup 2020 Option on Running Back Adrian Peterson

In a move that doesn’t come as a surprise, the Redskins on Wednesday picked up the option on running back Adrian Peterson, keeping him in the fold in D.C.

“Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league,” Redskins coach Ron Rivera said in a statement from the team.

“Adrian’s leadership and passion towards the game of football will set an example of what is expected of the players in this program moving forward.”

The picking up of the option will cost the Redskins $3 million in cap space, but if the team would have released him it would have saved them $2.25 million.

Peterson seems to be getting better with age, as he has rushed for over 1,900 yards and 12 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Redskins.

He’s also helped fill in for injured Redskins running backs and the team hasn’t missed a beat handing off to him.

“Going into this season, there’s so much more I can do and how I can help this team,” Peterson told ESPN.

“My mentality is showing the Adrian Peterson of old and not just flashes; really showing, ‘Wow, this cat is on a whole different level.'”

Redskins Release Wide Receiver Paul Richardson

The Redskins are working over their roster, as the team Friday released veteran CB Josh Norman, and then later in the day announced they have released wide receiver Paul Richardson.

Richardson never became the deep threat the Redskins had hoped when they signed him to a five-year $40 million deal in March 2018.

Injuries held him to just 17 games and 48 catches for 507 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons with Washington.

Redskins Set to Release Veteran Cornerback Josh Norman

The Redskins are going in a different direction in the secondary, as the team is set to release veteran corner Josh Norman.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that new coach Ron Rivera will not have Norman as a part of the team’s roster in 2020.

Norman previously earned his stripes under Rivera in Carolina, where he went from fifth-round pick to Pro Bowler in three seasons. After the Panthers pulled the franchise tag, Norman signed a big-money deal in 2016.

The play of the 32-year-old has waned in recent seasons, as it does for most corners when Father Time cuts their legs out. Norman struggled mightily in 2019 and was discarded by the previous staff. He played just 10 snaps in the Redskins’ final six games, per Next Gen Stats.

There was some thought that perhaps reuniting with Rivera could have rejuvenated the veteran corner. But with Norman due $12.5 million in 2020, the Redskins weren’t willing to shell out that kind of cash for an aging CB. Washington will save all $12.5 million but jettisoning Norman, with $3 million in dead money.

Given his age, recent play and cost, it’s a move that makes sense for Washington, even with Norman’s ties to Rivera.

OT Trent Williams and Coach Ron Rivera Have Started a Dialogue

There’s been plenty of speculation already as to what is going to happen in terms of a reconciliation between the Redskins and offensive tackle Trent Williams, and if one can take place to bring him back next season.

Tuesday it sounded like that process started, as NFL.com reports that new Redskins coach Ron Rivera has already had a chat with Williams, and the chat reportedly went well.

While a lot more has to be done, it’s at least a start to keeping Williams with the Skins.

There is still a long way to go and plenty of issues to sort out, but the Redskins have Williams in their 2020 plans and it is at least encouraging that they’re communicating, Rapoport added.

This might not sound like much, but Williams was very outspoken in late 2019 about his dislike for the Redskins franchise, which has employed him for the entirety of his 10-year career. The mere fact he’s open to listening to the organization is a significant change.

This effort to mend what was undoubtedly a burned bridge has been spurred by the hiring of Ron Rivera as the team’s new head coach, and perhaps more importantly the firing of team president Bruce Allen. Williams was upset with the organization’s handling of a health issue related to a growth on his head, which turned out to be a rare cancer called Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans, and he refused to play for the team in 2019.

It’s a start, and as long as the two parties are having good conversations, it’s better than the fighting that has taken place between Williams and the Redskins in the past.

Report: Redskins CB Quinton Dunbar Won’t Take Part in the Skins Voluntary Offseason Workouts

Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar does not intend to take part in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

Dunbar is scheduled to make a mere $4.4 million in the final year of his current contract-a travesty when you consider fellow Redskins cornerback Josh Norman made $15 million in 2019 and was not nearly as effective. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Florida, the 27-year-old Dunbar has developed into one of the best cover corners in the league in his five years in Washington.

Pro Football Focus rated him as the No.3-overall corner out of 209 qualifiers when healthy. And health is the only knock against the talented Dunbar, as he has fought injuries the past two seasons and has been able to suit up for only 18 out of a possible 32 games.

Finlay reports that Dunbar’s decision to skip the the offseason program is primarily and effort to get completely healthy and avoid unnecessary injuries rather than a contract negotiation ploy. And it is hard to blame him considering he has no guaranteed money left on his current deal.

It remains unclear whether he wants a new contract from the franchise or would prefer to test the waters as an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Case Keenum Doesn’t Think He’ll Be Back with the Redskins in 2020

Case Keenum’s time in Washington is likely over, Adam Zielonka of the Washington Times reports.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, Keenum said he didn’t expect to return to the Redskins next year.

“I have no idea. I would say probably not,” Keenum said. “I can’t tell the future though.”

The Redskins acquired Keenum from the Denver Broncos last February and signed him to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, meaning he enters this offseason as a free agent.

New coach Ron Rivera didn’t make any promises about the quarterback position in 2020, but Haskins is the presumed No. 1 going forward.

“What we’re trying to do right now is to develop that plan for his development as we go forward,” Rivera said at his introductory press conference. “I also think there’s a couple good veteran quarterbacks that [will] get some opportunities to play as well.”

Keenum, who’s played for five teams in eight seasons in the NFL, believes he can win a starting job somewhere in the league. What if the Redskins did ask him back to “compete” with Haskins again?

“If that’s a possibility, and that’s how it’s going to be, I’m all for competition. I love it,” Keenum told NBC Sports Washington. “But I understand. I’m also a realist. I know what’s going on. It’s a tough situation, but I’m excited wherever I get an opportunity to compete.”

Redskins New Coach Rivera Adds Jack Del Rio to the Staff as New Defensive Coordinator

The Redskins got the coach they wanted in former Carolina Panthers head man Ron Rivera, and already Rivera has added a big name to the staff, as he’s brought in former Raiders and Vikings head coach Jack Del Rio as the club’s new defensive coordinator.

Del Rio has been on television the last two years after he was fired following a three-year run as the Raiders’ head coach.

He and Rivera have never coached together, and Rivers was reportedly eyeing Browns DC Steve Wilks first, but eventually moved to Del Rio.

Rivera and Del Rio are a pair of strong voices and leaders to help try and pull the Redskins out of the current mess they’ve been in for years.

It is unclear if the Skins will employ a man or zone scheme but they already have the makings of a strong defensive line-and the prospect of drafting Ohio State’s Chase Young with the No.2-overall pick this spring.

Video: Redskins Look to Close Out 2019 with a ‘W’ Against the Cowboys

The Redskins have nothing to play for, but will still look to play the spoiler on Sunday when they play host to the 7-8 Cowboys.

Here’s a video Preview.