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Tuesday Thoughts - Who Could Kyle Target in SF?

February 7, 2017
It’s the first day of the NFL off-season (Monday didn’t count, because we were all still in a comeback coma) and even though many of you are asking – what now – I’m already thinking about March and April and August.

I’m thinking about what’s going to happen, what’s not going to happen what people are saying and what they are doing.

We’ll go in “Quick Snaps” fashion thru a couple of things.

1 – My 106.7 The FAN colleague Brian McNally reported on Tuesday morning that the Redskins still have not reached out to Pierre Garcon’s camp about a new contract. My pal John Keim of ESPN reported something similar about Garcon and other players who have not been approached yet. Ben Standig of has also been all over this for a while now. 

I don’t know why this would surprise anybody. The Redskins like to take advantage of those that are comfortable and happy in-house. That’s Garcon. He’s expressed his desire to be here and he has business interests here. The Redskins have often fed off of that and players off injuries that have limited or no leverage.

The problem is this: Garcon has options. He has plenty of them. San Francisco & the Los Angeles Rams figure to be top potential suitors for Garcon’s services. The Bears and others, too.

Yes, the Redskins have a month until free-agency but their nonchalance is infuriating. They’ve done it non-stop with Kirk Cousins and they are doing it with Garcon and others from what I’ve heard.

Last week, Bruce Allen was too busy politicking for Joe Jacoby to make the hall of fame and calling his quarterback, “Kurt” at least seven times. He was busy the week before that putting a muzzle on his general manager and telling the world that everybody is wrong about the Redskins intentions with Kirk or “Kurt.”

Let’s go Bruce. Time is dwindling. Deadlines are coming. You have players that WILL LEAVE if they hit free agency and they don’t owe you a thing.

2 – Kyle Shanahan is now officially the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. It doesn’t appear that he’ll be able to take much from the Redskins, except a player or two. Possibly.

Start with Garcon and that is more than legitimate. The 49ers have Torrey Smith, Rod Streater, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Aaron Burbridge, Jeremy Kerley, Chris Harper and Eric Rogers listed at wide receiver on their depth chart. 

Yeah. DeSean Jackson is a possibility of course. A name to also keep in mind would be Chris Thompson, a restricted free agent that Kyle and Mike Shanahan helped to draft. I wouldn’t discount this at all, especially if you know how Kyle likes to use his running backs as both a zone running option and a receiver out of the backfield.

3 – If I was Kyle Shanahan – I would never, ever in a million years pay Kirk Cousins 120 + million dollars and surrender the type of compensation required for him. Sorry. I love Kirk and of course it would be a great fit, but it can wait a year.

4 – Ross Tucker, an NFL analyst and former Redskins offensive lineman, told the Junkies on Tuesday morning that he felt what the legendary Joe Gibbs did to win three Super Bowl titles with three different quarterbacks stands out more in his mind than Bill Belichicks’ five titles with Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of all-time. That’s both my opinion and Tucker’s analysis on the Brady component.

It's interesting. I’ve never thought of it that way, but it makes a lot of sense. Continuity and cohesion is so important in everything you do. It’s part of the reason why it was so important that the Redskins promoted from within on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

The Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh and Greg Manusky, along with re-signing Nick Sundberg are three things the organization has done right this off-season. It’s the only three things.

5 – The Redskins would be very wise to get some contract extensions done this off-season. I’m thinking Morgan Moses and Bashaud Breeland off the top but they also have key restricted free agents in Thompson and Will Compton to show some love to.

6 – Washington should also make it a priority to bring back my pal, Kedric Golston. He tore his hamstring in week two, was not able to sit-down for six weeks while recovering, and is the ultimate team guy.

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He can play any position, any scheme and doesn’t require a huge commitment. His leadership and work ethic was missed last year after he had earned the starting nose-tackle job. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for six seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for the last five. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Network (,, & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN