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Ron Rivera does not rule out Redskins signing Cam Newton

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The Washington Redskins are confident enough in Dwayne Haskins that they chose not to draft a quarterback, but apparently they have not ruled out signing Cam Newton.

Ron Rivera was asked about Newton during an appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Thursday morning, and the Redskins coach said the team is confident in both Haskins and Kyle Allen. However, Rivera admitted he has considered the possibility of signing Newton, and he still is not ruling it out.

“I think with Cam, and I have thought about it, I mean, it’s something that’s run through my mind, and it’s about the situation and circumstances,” Rivera said. “I’m not sure I would do it. I’m not sure if I wouldn’t do it. It depends on circumstances.”

Rivera and Newton obviously have a history together, as the former coached the latter for several years with the Carolina Panthers. It’s possible Newton could sign with Washington to push Haskins or compete for a starting job, but the former NFL MVP is likely looking for a better situation.

Newton is said to be in no rush to sign with a team. His best bet may be to wait until later in the summer, when injuries and other circumstances could create more opportunities to earn a starting job. He’s already been linked to a number of different teams, and we know the mutual respect factor is there with Rivera.

Report: Trent Williams no longer has permission from Redskins to seek trade

Trent Williams

Trent Williams has been trying to force his way out of Washington for a year now, and the Redskins at one point had granted the All-Pro offensive tackle permission to find a trade partner. However, that permission has reportedly expired.

The Redskins have informed Williams and his agent that they no longer have the green light to seek a trade, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. With the draft beginning on Thursday, Washington likely wants to have complete control of the situation in case they decide to deal Williams.

As far as Williams is concerned, having permission to seek a trade didn’t matter much anyway. The seven-time Pro Bowler said last month that his camp had found at least one potential trade partner, but the Redskins were intentionally sabotaging deals.

We know of at least one team that is still interested in acquiring Williams, but it would not be a surprise if Washington is placing too high of a price tag on him. It doesn’t seem like William ever intends to play for the Redskins again, which doesn’t give the team much leverage in trade talks. That is the main reason the situation has yet to be resolved.

Redskins taking trade calls for No. 2 pick but ‘love’ Chase Young

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The Redskins are sitting in a nice spot for the upcoming NFL Draft as they hold the No. 2 overall pick. The team is widely expected to take Chase Young, but they are fielding trade calls about the pick. Still, NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay says the team “loves” Young and would need an outrageous return to trade the pick.

Cincinnati is expected to take Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, and Young is likely to go after that.

Would anyone trade up with Washington? Maybe a team that really wants a quarterback and thinks the Lions are going to take one would do so, but that seems unlikely. Many projections have Detroit going with cornerback Jeff Okudah. The Dolphins at No. 5 may go quarterback, and the Chargers picking after them could do the same.

Washington will probably end up with Young, which should give them a serious defensive line. As a junior at Ohio State last season, Young had 16.5 sacks in 12 games. He also sounds highly interested in going to Washington.

Report: Redskins listening to offers for No. 2 overall pick

Chase Young

The Washington Redskins have seemed like as much of a certainty to draft Chase Young second overall as the Cincinnati Bengals are to select Joe Burrow at No. 1, but they apparently have not entirely ruled out trading back.

The Redskins have been receiving calls from teams interested in trading up to No. 2, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they are at least listening to those offers.

Rapoport’s colleague Tom Pelissero adds that there is a sense around the NFL that the No. 2 overall pick can be bought, but the question is how much Washington will want for it. Young is widely considered to be the best pass-rusher in the draft and one of the best overall prospects, so the Redskins may expect a king’s ransom if they’re going to trade the pick that will allow them to land the former Ohio State star.

With just two days to go until the NFL Draft, we are going to start hearing more and more reports about teams wanting to move up or down. A lot of that information is leaked by teams in order to gain some sort of advantage, which was likely the case with what we heard on Monday about the New York Giants’ draft plans. It seems unlikely that Washington will move back.

Redskins to hold virtual NFL Draft party for fans

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NFL teams are getting creative as they try to keep connected with their fans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Though the NFL Draft is proceeding as scheduled in a virtual format, the draft parties that are usually a staple of the event won’t be happening due to rules and guidelines prohibiting mass gatherings. The Washington Redskins are the first team to seek out a way around this, announcing a virtual draft party that will feature the likes of coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

The event is essentially a live stream, which is the best anyone can do right now with teams literally working from home. The effort is worth being applauded, since some fans are definitely going to miss the usual trappings of the draft process.

Quinton Dunbar trolls Redskins over Ronald Darby signing

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The Washington Redskins traded starting cornerback Quinton Dunbar to the Seattle Seahawks last week, and they quickly replaced him by signing Ronald Darby on Sunday. Dunbar found that move laughable, and he made his feelings known on social media.

After it was reported that Washington had signed Darby to a one-year, $4 million deal, Dunbar mocked his former team in an Instagram comment that read, “Great signing but I wasn’t worth the extra mill.” Dunbar then insisted he is happy to be with the Seahawks but criticized the Redskins for being an “organization that lies and makes excuses.”

Dunbar has a base salary of $3.25 million in 2020. He asked the Redskins earlier this offseason to trade or release him if they weren’t willing to rework his contract, and the implication from his comment on Sunday is that he was seeking around $5 million per year.

Dunbar had just four interceptions last year despite missing five games with a hamstring injury. He has been Washington’s most consistent cornerback when healthy, but he is certainly not the only player to have serious issues with the team’s front office.

If the Redskins did sign Darby for just $1 million less per year than Dunbar was seeking, it’s possible they simply feel Darby is a better fit for their scheme under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.

Report: Relationship between Trent Williams, Redskins not salvageable

Trent Williams

Trent Williams released a statement through his agent this week ripping the Washington Redskins for not giving him an opportunity to play for another team, and that apparently was not merely an attempt from the All-Pro tackle to secure a new contract.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini spoke with sources on both sides of the rift between Williams and the Redskins, and she was told the relationship cannot be salvaged. While there was initially some hope that Williams and new head coach Ron Rivera could smooth things over, it doesn’t sound like Williams has been all that thrilled with how Rivera has handled the situation, either.

Russini added that Williams respects Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and does not want the relationship to be tarnished permanently. Williams and his representatives found a team that was interested in a trade after receiving permission from Washington, but both sides are blaming the other for no deal getting done.

Williams has reportedly asked Washington for an absurd amount of money, but that does not mean he expects another team to pay him that. He is almost certainly just making financial demands that he knows the Redskins won’t meet, thus making them more likely to move on from him.

There was some optimism that Williams may be open to playing for Washington under Rivera, but the issues the Pro Bowler had with the team’s medical staff are not going to just disappear. Another lengthy holdout could be coming if the Redskins refuse to trade or release Williams.

Trent Williams blasts Redskins, says they’re sabotaging trade possibilities

Trent Williams

Trent Williams has been looking for either a significant raise or a trade from the Washington Redskins, and the All-Pro offensive lineman is fed up with the way the team is handling the situation.

Williams issued a statement through his agent Vincent Taylor on Tuesday unloading on the Redskins. Taylor said there are “irreconcilable differences” between Williams and the team, but Washington has continued to show “no interest in negotiating in good faith.” The Redskins gave Williams permission to seek a trade earlier this month, but Taylor says the team has not made a legitimate effort to trade the 31-year-old despite Williams’ camp finding teams that are interested.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media notes that the issue with Williams has been that he is commanding top dollar with a contract extension, but teams are not willing to offer trade compensation that is consistent with a player who wants to be paid like Williams.

Williams has reportedly asked Washington for an absurd amount of money, but that does not mean he expects another team to pay him that. He is almost certainly just making financial demands that he knows the Redskins won’t meet, thus making them more likely to move on from him.

There was some optimism that Williams may be open to playing for Washington under new head coach Ron Rivera, but the issues he had with the team’s medical staff are not going to just disappear. Another lengthy holdout could be coming if the Redskins refuse to trade or release Williams.

Kyle Allen traded from Panthers to Redskins

Kyle Allen

Kyle Allen become a viable starting quarterback last season under Ron Rivera, and he will now be reuniting with the head coach in Washington.

Allen recently signed a one-year extension with the Carolina Panthers, but they agreed to trade him to the Redskins on Monday. The Panthers are getting a fifth-round draft pick in return.

Allen took over for the Panthers last season when Cam Newton got hurt, and there was initially talk about him locking down the starting job permanently. He eventually came back to earth, however, and rookie Will Grier was given a chance to start by the end of the season.

The Panthers traded Allen after signing a former XFL quarterback to a contract on Monday, so they’re likely happy with the fifth-round pick they got. Allen should serve as the backup behind Dwayne Haskins heading into 2020, but his history with Rivera gives him a chance to start at some point.

Redskins, Panthers have talked Cam Newton trade

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Cam Newton has been supplanted in Carolina and now needs a new team. The Washington Redskins seem like a natural fit for him, and it sounds like the two sides have talked about a trade.

Josina Anderson reported on ESPN Tuesday that the two teams have talked a Newton trade, but it appears Washington is not being aggressive yet.

Washington is where Newton’s former head coach Ron Rivera went. The Panthers have brought in Thomas Davis, a former Rivera player in Carolina. It wouldn’t be surprising for Rivera to have interest in his former starting quarterback.

The issue for Washington is they already have 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, and they have Alex Smith still on the roster taking up $21.4 million in cap space. If the price is right, they might consider adding Newton too.