Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will play in his first Pro Bowl as the replacement for Aaron Rodgers. Cousins threw for 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season and, of course, will become an unrestricted free agent in March. In the last two years, Cousins has thrown for a combined 9,083 yards, 54 touchdown passes and 23 picks.
Robert Griffin III was voted to the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2012 but could not play in the game because of his knee injury. The last Redskins quarterback to play in the Pro Bowl was Brad Johnson in 1999 (this stat, as much as any, helps explain the general lack of success in the last 20 years or so). Cousins playing in the game rewards him, but also the offense. He was protected well; he had good talent to throw to -- and he also produced.
The Redskins re-signed long snapper Nick Sundberg to a four-year deal, a reward for his consistency since signing with the Redskins in 2010. Sundberg works hard at his craft, which is why he’s respected by other specialists. The Redskins are now down to 14 potential unrestricted free agents.
Washington also made another move official, promoting Chad Englehart to strength and conditioning coach. He had been an assistant strength and conditioning coach since 2010, the last two with Mike Clark. The Redskins fired Clark after the season. One big reason: They believed Englehart was ready for the top job and didn’t want to lose him.