RICHMOND - Looking at the contracts for the two most important people associated with the Washington Redskins, a clear discrepancy arises. The head coach, Jay Gruden, is under contract until 2020. The quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is only under contract for 2017. Some speculation suggested that, given the diverging deals, at some point Gruden might look to develop another passer that's locked in with the Redskins for the long-term. Backup QB Colt McCoy is under contract for the next two seasons, and second-year passer Nate Sudfeld is under team control through the 2019 season. Gruden made clear that isn't the case. Crystal clear. "We're focused on Kirk," the head coach said. "He's our starter
Ryan Zimmerman got off to an unexpectedly strong start to his 13th major league campaign. In the first month-plus, the 32-year-old first baseman put up a gaudy 410/.449/.855 line, 13 doubles and 13 home rums in 127 plate appearances. His production dropped in the weeks that followed, however, which Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker said was inevitable. “Nobody could sustain that pace that he was on,” Baker told reporters in mid-July, “... but he spoiled us with it and he’s -- I had a discussion with him today that he’s had a tendency to be a streaky hitter because he has a lot of moveable parts, and when they’re on, they’re on, and when they’re off, they’re — like the more moveable parts
Otto Porter still goes back to his true hometown of Sikeston, Mo. each chance he gets, often to refurbish classic cars with his family, but the Wizards forward has lived in Washington, D.C. long enough to consider the nation's capital his home, too. After starring at Georgetown University in northwest Washington from 2011 through 2013, Porter has been a member of the Washington Wizards for the past four seasons, still playing his home games at the same place he did in college, at the Verizon Center. Porter, 24, seriously considered leaving Washington when they allowed him to become a restricted free agent in early July.