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A Fantastic Friday for the Skins!

March 11, 2017
The Redskins had a pretty good Friday for themselves after a disastrous few weeks that culminated with the firing of Scot McCloughan on Thursday night, a story that was first reported by the Washington Post.

For weeks, a main source has been telling that the “END is NEAR” and while I believed it, I needed more. Much more. That led to a whole lot of phone calls, texts and correspondence over the last  few weeks and ultimately our reporting on the release of McCloughan.

That was soooo Thursday for the Redskins! Friday was a fiesta, a different type of day. It started out with a lot of rain and a 10-12 Redskins fan march on the soggy ground outside the team facility.

Next up, came the Washington Post’s report that Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had left Washington without a contract.

Then as the sunshine across Northern Virginia came out late Friday morning and extended into the afternoon, everything started to change.

Kind of.

An intriguing A-bomb was dropped from Adam Schefter including his ESPN colleague, Field Yates that NFL Network lead draft analyst Mike Mayock “has emerged as a candidate” to become the Redskins new general manager.

Of course, most Redskins fans and twitter pundits immediately anointed Mayock as McCloughan’s replacement instead of pumping the brakes.

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Schefter reported that he has emerged as an option, not that he has the job or that he is even the leading contender.

Mayock, thru his employer NFL Network, released a statement saying in part “There has been no official contact between myself and the team and no interviews about the job.” has a source that questioned how serious of a candidate Mayock is and said internal discussions at Redskins Park have primarily been about current Senior Personnel Executive, Doug Williams, getting elevated to the GM position and possibly former Chargers GM & Redskins Executive, A.J. Smith  returning in an advisory role.

As for Mayock, he has no front-office NFL experience but is clearly a sharp guy. He knows how to evaluate college tape and presumably could do the same with pro tape.

The question is this: At NFL Network, there are no wins and losses. What happens if he stands on the table for a guy or two, wins the battle and then the individual players turn out to be not good?

On television, nobody really cares. With the Redskins, fans will automatically assign blame or success to every pick or signing to Mayock, even though that’s entirely unfair.

In the building, which is the only thing that matters, Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden and others know that it is a collaborative effort in general but perhaps Mayock drives hard for a guy he really believes in and it’s a failure? Who knows?

We’re probably getting ahead of ourselves. Mayock might be a perfect fit for the job because essentially he is a football nerd and a tape-cruncher. He might not want total authority and full power.

He does not in any way have to worry about the salary cap and contract negotiations. The Redskins have the brilliant Eric Schaffer for that along with Bruce Allen.

He does have to worry about evaluating talent and how it fits what the Redskins want as opposed to a general evaluation.

Mayock seems like the kind of guy that gets along well with others and can play the game. He has great connections in the NFL coaching and scouting community.

We’ll see but don’t scratch Williams and Smith off your list.

The other very good and interesting news is that the Redskins signed former Browns wide receiver and all around great athlete, Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal, worth a reported guaranteed six million plus a potential $2 million in incentives. 

J.P. Finlay of CSN - Mid Atlantic first reported the news that the Redskins were close to a deal. 

Even if Pryor hits the incentives (a good thing for the Redskins), the deal seems to be a steal. He’s still developing but he has a huge frame and terrific speed.

He’s getting better and better in his route running and one personnel guy that has scouted Pryor hard told that Pryor was a good signing with a lot of potential upside.

The scout pointed out that Pryor can make big plays in tough, contested situations and figures (in his opinion) to be an upgrade from Pierre Garcon.

Pryor put pen to paper on Friday at Redskins Park and knows that he will be a featured guy in the Redskins offense without being the only guy, as he was in Cleveland.

He’ll be a great fit in the red zone as well, where the Redskins struggled.

The Redskins added to their defense in three ways on Thursday signing two young defensive linemen. On Friday night, Schefter reported that Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan was visiting the Redskins.

This is in addition to the addition of D.J. Swearinger on Thursday. 

Oh and then there was this: Quarterback Kirk Cousins signed his franchise tender on Friday morning as expected. Even though there was a report suggesting that Cousins would never sign a long-term deal while Bruce Allen was running the show, that's not true, according to multiple sources telling 106.7 The FAN's Grant Paulsen and myself. 

There’s been a lot of dark, miserable days of angst for the Redskins of late. Friday wasn’t one of them. 

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