Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Redskins Still Have Money to Spend

One thing the Washington Redskins have been efficient with in recent times is winning... free agency. While many teams lose talented players, due to salary cap restraints, Washington has been able to re-sign their own, in addition to adding key free agents.

Some could argue that Washington's free agent finds don't always pan out. At least, however, they have sufficient funds to be active in the market.

This year, for instance, the Redskins have approximately $13 million remaining after 'free agent frenzy' and draft pick signings.

There is still a void at the wide receiver position, and Dez Bryant happens to be unsigned. Bryant, 29, made it clear that he would like to stay in the NFC East, and the Redskins happen to be in the NFC East. No inside rumors have linked the two sides together since April, when Bryant became a free agent.

Assuming the Redskins pass on Bryant, it begs the question of why bulk at Kirk Cousins' asking price when they had every chance to keep him?

Supposedly, the idea was to save cap space by letting Cousins walk, and to use that saved money toward other positions. The problem is, by the time they (handsomely) paid Alex Smith—their new starting QB—and made some lesser-known signings, they could have simply extended Cousins after all. Not to mention, they would still have slot cornerback Kendall Fuller had they not traded for Smith.

Perhaps the team's front office knows exactly what they are doing. Perhaps, and more likely though, they are pawns in a twisted game played only in the Twilight Zone.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Number Change for Quinton Dunbar

After three seasons of rocking ex-Redskins player Chris Cooley's No. 47, Quinton Dunbar is changing numbers.

The young cornerback will now don No. 23—Deangelo Hall's longtime number, who recently retired after 14 NFL seasons.

(Photo: nbcsports.com)
As an undrafted wide receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft, Dunbar signed with the Redskins. He transitioned to cornerback after injuries decimated the team's secondary.

Dunbar is expected a larger role after Washington lost two of their top corners in Bashaud Breeland [free agency] and Kendall Fuller [trade]. The Redskins rewarded his improved play by giving him a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension this offseason.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Washington Redskins 2018 Draft Class

Round 1, Pick 13
Da'Ron Payne (DT) Alabama

Round 2, Pick 59
Derrius Guice (RB) LSU

Round 3, Pick 74
Geron Christian (T) Lousiville

Round 4, Pick 109
Troy Apke (S) Penn State

Round 5, Pick 163
Tim Settle (DT) Virginia Tech

Round 6, Pick 197
Shaun Dion Hamilton (LB) Alabama

Round 7, Pick 241
Greg Stroman (CB) Virginia Tech

Round 7, Pick 256
Trey Quinn (WR) SMU

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jonathan Allen Changed His Digits

Jonathan Allen will be sporting a new jersey number on the field.

The 23-year-old defensive end is switching from No. 95 to No. 93, which he wore playing for Alabama. With the departure of Trent Murphy this offseason, Allen was finally able to pounce on retaining his former number.

While this is not breaking news, it could have a domino effect in various ways.

Changing to a sexier number should lead to increased Allen jersey sales. Now that No. 95 is up for grabs, perhaps free agent Johnathan Hankins will be more inclined to sign here (95 is his current number.) Furthermore, depending on how superstitious Allen is, he could see the number switch as a fresh start. After all, wearing No. 95 last season was not exactly lucky—he suffered a Lisfranc injury and was placed on injured reserve.

You heard it here first, at Burgundy & Gold News.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Deshazor Everett Staying in D.C.

Following the formula of reward your own players first, the Washington Redskins re-signed Deshazor Everett to a multi-year deal.
(Photo: Washington Times)
Coming off a productive season of 62 tackles and a forced fumble throughout 14 games, Everett showed much improvement filling in for Su'a Cravens.

Having just turned 26 years old, Everett will provide quality depth at the safety position. His contribution on special teams did not go unnoticed, as he led the unit with tackles.

The Redskins now have Everett, D.J. Swearinger, and Montae Nicholson to work with at the position, not including any future signings.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ryan Kerrigan Ties the Knot

Washington pass-rush specialist Ryan Kerrigan will now be sporting a ring on his finger.

Much to the dismay of some Redskins fans, Kerrigan's bling is not Super Bowl related, but in fact wedding related.

No. 91 married fiancĂ© Jessica Mazura in Huntington Beach, California this past weekend. Mazura grew up in nearby Newport Beach—only a six mile distance.

The newlyweds got engaged at the end of January 2017.

Most likely, it was Kerrigan's stellar performance in Sharknado 3 that caught her attention.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Quoth the Cravens, Nevermore

The Su'a Cravens experiment in D.C. may soon come to an end.

Wasting no time after Cravens' NFL reinstatement, Redskins brass is discussing a trade that would send their perplexing 22-year-old safety to the Mile-High City. Further details of the potential trade are unknown.

After playing just one season for the burgundy and gold, Cravens tallied 33 combined tackles, one interception, and one sack. He left a sour taste in the mouths of many after his ill-timed retirement—just one week before the 2017 season opener. Washington later placed him on the reserve/left squad list.

Questions regarding his love for the game have been brought up over the years, which could also factor into his trade value.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Kirk Cousins in the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is a time for gathering around the television; watching two teams (that suddenly everyone is a fan of) go to battle, and, of course, the much-anticipated commercials.

Seemingly each year, however, those commercials become less memorable—lacking creativity and/or embedding political agendas. Gone are the days of the Budweiser Wassup ads. 

Super Bowl LII was not immune to this downfall, save for one local ad that was a treat for Redskins fans to see.

Cyprus Air, a fireplace retailer, ran a commercial that featured Kirk Cousins and a President Trump impersonator.  The skit was not only hilarious, but also showcased the company's product (unlike most) and was up to date regarding the Cousins saga.

In all likelihood, that will be Captain Kirk's last advertising gig in the area before Washington cuts him loose.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Washington Has a New Quarterback in Town

The Washington Redskins had a lingering illness, and on January 30th, 2018, that illness got the best of them. Time of death: 7:00 PM.

Any successful NFL franchise knows that having a great quarterback is crucial for winning games. Finding said quarterback is one thing, but actually having one on the roster, with the ability to sign them long-term, is another.

Washington struck oil when they drafted Kirk Cousins No. 102 overall in 2012. Since then, Cousins has broken numerous long-standing team records, while remaining a humble guy in the process. Everything he has done regarding the Redskins has been handled with class. After years of yearning for a franchise signal caller, their prayers had been answered.

Yet somehow, the dysfunctional think tank at Redskins Park found a way to destroy a good thing. The team swung a trade for Kansas City's Alex Smith. In return, the Redskins shipped rising star Kendall Fuller and this year's third-round pick.

Further raising eyebrows, the Redskins gave Smith a four-year extension with $71 million in guarantees. The 33-year-old quarterback is now under contract for five years at $111 million.

On the semi-bright side, the Redskins will receive a third-round compensatory pick in next year's draft for losing Cousins. The trade is not official until March 14, when the new league year begins.

(Photo: SI.com)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Money Cannot Buy Grace

Being wealthy does not equate to having class, necessarily. Former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke's daughter, Jacqueline Kent Cooke, is a prime example of this.

The 29-year-old was arrested following a New Year's Eve outing that involved her physically and verbally assaulting lawyer Matthew Haberkorn.

Haberkorn, 52, had been waiting in line at Caravaggio with his family—wife, four daughters, and elderly mother—when Cooke became impatient and said, "Hurry up, Jew" to Haberkorn's mother.

Cooke's boyfriend then antagonized Haberkorn's daughters by saying, "Happy bat mitzvah."

Outside the restaurant, where Haberkorn confronted Cooke about her comments, she used her $300 mirrored clutch to attack him, causing a bloodied head wound.

Cooke was arraigned the next day following the arrest and charge of second-degree assault.

This was not her first-ever run-in with authorities, though. In 2008, she was arrested for DUI and asked the cops if they knew who her father was, and then demanded their badges.