He added: “I’d love to have a crystal ball that tells me what I’m going to do next year and 50 years after that, but that’s not life. And that’s not life in this league. I’ll just take it a year at a time and trust in the Lord’s plan.”
Cousins played this last season under the franchise tag. The Redskins have the opportunity to use the tag on him again this season at a heightened cost. Washington could end up spending upwards of $24 million on a one-year deal. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said to also keep an eye on the 49ers should Washington opt not to use the franchise tag on Cousins. Kyle Shanahan, who was instrumental in Washington drafting Cousins, will almost certainly be in charge of the 49ers in a matter of weeks.
Pryor exploded onto the scene in his first full season as a wideout, despite working with a carousel of quarterbacks this past campaign in Cleveland. The 6-foot-4 target racked up 1,007 yards and four scores through the air.
The promising early returns are an encouraging start, but Redskins coach Jay Gruden believes that Pryor still has a lot to learn in his journey to becoming a true No. 1 receiver.
The Jets are out of Marshalls. After cutting veteran wideout Brandon Marshall in the offseason, Gang Green has lost wide receiver Jalin Marshall and cheap jerseys and now kick returner Nick Marshall to suspension.
Although Mayock hasn’t held a position in an NFL front office, he is considered a prominent draft analyst and football talent evaluator. For those reasons, he has been considered a candidate for front-office jobs in the past.
A standout defensive back at Boston College, Mayock was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1981 and played parts of two seasons with the New York Giants in 1982-83 before later embarking on a career in sports broadcasting. He started working for NFL Network in 2005.
Washington finished 29th in touchdowns per red-zone trip in 2016, per Football Outsiders’ metrics. Quarterback Kirk Cousins finished the season with a 45.78 completion percentage inside the 20-yard line — 22nd in the NFL for players with more than 40 such attempts. Inside the 10, Cousins’ struggles expanded, with his completion percentage dropping to 31.58 — 25th in the NFL for players with 20-plus attempts.
The receivers played a role in those problems. Tight end Jordan Reed was by far the most successful red-zone threat last season. Leading Washington’s receivers in catch rate was 5-8 Jamison Crowder (56.25 percent). Garcon and Jackson posted red-zone catch rates of 38.46 and 36.36 percent, respectively, last season. Last year with Cleveland, Pryor earned a 69.23 red-zone catch rate.
After losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon to the Buccaneers and 49ers respectively, the Redskins have signed their second wideout in free agency.
Washington signed Brian Quick following five seasons spent with the Rams. Quick had a career-year this past campaign, snagging 41 balls for 564 yards and three scores.