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Redskins Announce No More Travel for Coaches and Scouts Due to the Coronavirus

With the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus, professional sports has been effected, starting with the NBA which Wednesday night announced they were suspending games for the time being.

While there’s no games to suspend in the NFL, there are teams always on the move and looking to travel to talk to potential free agents and lure them to their city.

That’s not going to happen in D.C., as the Redskins announced today for the time being that they are suspending travel for coaches and scouts.

What’s the Status of the Redskins Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In? has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

The Redskins really have to figure out the position long term, and there’s a chance they may look at a wide out in free agency.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Redskins receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: Terry McLaurin (58-919-7), Kelvin Harmon (30-365-0), Steven Sims (34-310-4).

Washington is not likely to use the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on a wide receiver, but the team could employ a trade strategy to acquire more picks and improve a group that averaged just 11.6 yards per reception in 2019 (30th in the NFL). While McLaurin was a productive rookie last season and forecasts to improve in 2020, new head coach Ron Rivera will likely want to increase the potential at this position.

Redskins to Chat with High Profile Young QB’s Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa

You wouldn’t think that the Redskins would be thinking about taking a quarterback in round one of the 2020 NFL Draft after picking Dwayne Haskins last season with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but that’s not stopping the Skins from talking about players under center.

Reports are the Redskins are going to bring in two very high profile quarterbacks that could be gone in round one of the 2020 NFL Draft, that being LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.

It’s interesting that the Redskins are talking publicly about quarterbacks, but it also could be a motivator for Haskins, who last season threw for 1365 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine games, seven starts.

Many think that Burrow is a lock to go number one overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, and many feel Tagovailoa is going to wind up with the Miami Dolphins, who need a quarterback.

Could the Redskins pull a stunt like what the Arizona Cardinals did last year in the draft? They basically dumped Josh Rosen, who was a first-round pick in 2018, and took QB Kyler Murray first overall.

As of now it looks like a smart move, as Murray had a very good rookie season, while Rosen, traded to Miami, spent most of the season wearing a baseball cap on the sidelines.

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 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.