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About HigSkin

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    The Bruiser
  • Birthday 04/23/1961

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    Sammy Baugh
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    Sect 119 (2) & 122 (3)
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    Boating, horseback riding
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  1. HigSkin

    The 2019 Free Agency Tracker

    Lots of safeties available in FA...
  2. HigSkin

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    A couple of interesting tidbits if true...FWIW and unverified...
  3. HigSkin

    The 2019 Free Agency Tracker

    This is hilarious...Hope we get AP back...
  4. HigSkin

    Take the full cap hit for Smith in 2019

    On the Junks this morning they were saying a close friend was saying something like "no way" he plays again. Who knows but we are stuck this year with his $$.
  5. HigSkin

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    IMHO, that location across from the National Harbor just made no sense. As I understand it, it was a park land swap with some acreage up in Cumberland or something. No metro, no current roads and a lot of MD'rs who were not happy with the idea. Does it really end other discussions with some other location in MD or just ends talks on that particular parcel?
  6. HigSkin

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

  7. HigSkin

    Starting QB 2019???

    This is an interesting theory... https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/redskins/new-qb-theory-emerges-redskins-and-some-fans-might-not-it A new QB theory emerges for Redskins, and some fans might not like it Speaking with the Redskins Talk podcast during Super Bowl week in Atlanta, Bruce Allen made clear he will not count out Alex Smith for the 2019 season. What Allen didn't say is almost as important as what he did say..... The word from Ashburn is that the team won't consider the 'nuclear option,' a term used to describe possibly releasing Smith this offseason and taking a massive $40 million cap hit. The advantage of that option: pain now for relief later. Washington can move on from the Smith contract in 2020 after taking a serious lump in 2019. This offseason, Allen repeatedly said he thinks the Redskins are close to competing at the highest levels of the NFL. Jay Gruden made similar remarks when the season ended. Both said that Smith's injury in 2018 buried the team's chances of competing, and in their defense, the 'Skins were 6-3 in Week 10 before Smith got hurt. If the team truly believes they are close, they're not going to consider the nuclear option. And if they're not going to cut Smith, that means he will be making a return in 2020, at least contractually. It might seem a tall order, but Smith keeps himself in incredible shape. In another 18 months, could he be close to a return to football? Maybe, maybe not, but if the Redskins have to pay him another $20 million anyway, why not wait to find out? And it's with that thought in mind that brings the next one: Washington might not have any interest in an early round quarterback in the NFL Draft. Think about it. If the Redskins are going to hold out hope for a Smith return, or at least delay the cap hit, does it make sense to invest a first-round pick in a quarterback? Add in the fact that Colt McCoy is under contract for 2019, and up and down the Redskins organization, folks have supported McCoy as a possible QB1. In a recent MMQB article, Jonathan Jones makes that exact case. From Jones: Washington is in an incredibly difficult position. Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury in the first year of his $96 million contract with the team and then suffered complications from surgery. It’s possible he doesn’t see the field until 2020. And in this thorough OverTheCap article, it’s difficult to find an out for Washington. Jay Gruden really, really likes Colt McCoy, and I envision he’ll get a chance to win the starting job in camp. And because Smith’s future is unclear, you probably don’t want to spend a high draft pick on a quarterback this year. Jones concludes that the best move for the Redskins is signing a veteran free agent to compete with McCoy, or even be his backup. Considering the money owed to Smith, the Redskins can't spend much in free agency, which means Washington is probably shopping in the Ryan Fitzpatrick aisle. This line of thinking would not preclude the Redskins from still drafting a QB, but it wouldn't come until at least the second or third day. As much as fans and media like to discuss first round quarterback possibilities, it's entirely possible the Redskins would be better suited taking the best player available at 15 rather than grabbing a passer add an edge rusher or cornerback, let McCoy and another veteran battle it out for QB1, and let a late-round QB learn. Plenty of theories will emerge. It's more than two months until the NFL Draft. But as long as Smith remains on the Redskins payroll in 2020, adding a first-round QB presents cash flow problems.
  8. HigSkin

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I suppose he is getting serious...
  9. HigSkin

    The 2019 Free Agency Tracker

    I kind of disagree with this because it's a strong FA market and lots of edge competition this year. Demarcus Lawrence, Frank Clark, Trey Flowers, Ziggy Ansah, Shaq Barrett, Dante Fowler, Aaron Lync and likely tags on Clowney/Ford. I would prefer they pursue Fowler if they go that route looking for a good edge rusher in FA.
  10. HigSkin

    Starting QB 2019???

    We're screwed....I predict it's going to be Colt McCoy and some cheap backup like Josh Johnson and probably not a top rated QB in the draft so I'm thinking like a Finley or Thorson in the 3rd for development. Listening to "moving the chains" this evening with Pat K and John Clayton, they just don't see that's it possible to sign any of the more talented vet QB's due to be released or traded. They say the only option is to go to the draft. Alex Smith's due $15 mil guaranteed this year and then $16 mil injury guarantee in 2020. I thought those numbers sounded low but this article confirms it. https://www.hogshaven.com/2018/12/8/18131998/trying-to-understand-the-alex-smith-contract-and-impact-on-salary-cap The Redskins fully guaranteed Smith $55 million upon signing, including a rather large $27 million signing bonus. All told Washington paid $40 million of that guarantee in the first year of the contract. The $15 million that remains will be paid in 2019. This money is a sunk cost for the Redskins (for the most part,more on that in a minute) and there is no way to avoid the payments. Smith’s 2020 $16 million salary is guaranteed for injury at the moment. An injury guarantee means that if a player’s contract is terminated while he is injured his injury protection kicks in and he earns his salary if hurt. The condition to collect on the guarantee is that Smith would not be able to pass a physical in 2020. So obviously that is a long time for Smith to recover from his injury. Alex Smith’s] $16 million injury guarantee vests on the 5th day of the 2019 league year. If Washington cuts Smith before that vesting date they do have the ability to escape that $16 million guarantee depending on how Smith’s recovery goes. But the situation gets more complicated when we look at the salary cap implications of cutting Smith. Smith’s current salary cap number in 2019 is $20.4 million. If he was cut that number would increase by at least $17.7 million, which is the remaining portion of his unaccounted for signing bonus, leaving the Redskins with a $36.6 million dead money charge. Since Smith would be released with a failed physical termination in March, I believe [the Redskins] should also have to account for an additional $16 million on the cap, regardless of whether ... the injury guarantee is actually paid in 2020 or not. If that is the case in brings the dead money to a ridiculous $52.6 million. Regardless of whether I’m incorrect on the acceleration of the guarantee, [neither] $36.6 million [n]or $52.6 million is ... feasible for Washington. The team has just $19 million in projected cap room for next year. Take off $17 million for Smith and they have nothing to spend. Add in the extra $16 million on top of that and they are in the worst position of any team in the NFL.
  11. HigSkin

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Some perspective on the cost to "go up" in the draft. Looks like if Skins want to move up a few spots, it'd be something similar to the 2018 Cardinals cost to move up to #10. 2016 Rams traded up from 15 to pick Jared Goff. They gave up two 1st rounders, two 2nds and two 3rds. They got back the first overall pick, a 4th rounder and 6th rounder. 2016 Eagles traded up from pick 13 to draft Carson Wentz. They gave up Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to move to pick 8. They gave up two 1st rounders, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounder. They got the second overall pick and a 4th rounder in return. 2016 Broncos traded up from the 31st pick to select Paxton Lynch. They gave up a 1st rounder and a 3rd round pick. They received the 26th overall pick. 2017 Bears traded from the 3rd overall pick to select Mitch Trubisky. They gave up a 1st rounder, two 3rd rounders and a 4th rounder. They received the second overall pick on exchange. 2017 Chiefs moved up from 27 to select Patrick Mahomes. They gave up two 1st round picks and a 3rd rounder. They received the 10th overall selection. 2017 Texans moved up from the 25th pick to select Deshaun Watson. They gave up two 1st rounders. They received the 12th overall pick. 2018 Jets traded up from the 6th overall pick to select Sam Darnold. They gave up a 1st rounder and three 2nd rounders. They received the 3rd overall pick in exchange. 2018 Bills moved up from 21 to pick Josh Allen. They traded Cordy Glenn for the 12th overall pick. Then they traded a 1st round pick and two 2nd rounders to move up again. They received the 7th overall pick in exchange. 2018 Cardinals moved up from the 15th pick to take Josh Rosen. They gave up a 1st round pick, 3rd rounder and 5th rounder. They received the 10th overall pick.
  12. HigSkin

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Think Murray should've probably avoided doing interviews....LOL