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Washington Redskins Morning Clips: 1/28

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A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.

All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Redskins.

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-- In his daily "Need To Know," CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler wonders what the situation will be at running back for the Redskins moving forward.

-- In his Senior Bowl press availabilty on Wednesday, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan told reporters that the franchise tag is an option on the table for free-agent-to-be quarterback Kirk Cousins.

-- CSN caught up with Cousins at a Wednesday appearance and he talked about his performance in 2015 and his pending contract decision.

-- CSN Mid-Atlantic's Tarik-El Bashir got some one-on-one time with McCloughan, who addressed a wide range of team issues he hopes to address this offseason.

-- Tandler found that the Redskins' continuing build is "very similar" to how successful Super Bowl teams have been built.

--* The Washington Times*' Anthony Gulizia reports that running back Chris Thompson on Wednesday underwent surgery on his left shoulder, helping correct an injury that nagged him throughout the tail end of the 2015 season.

-- Gulizia also reports on McCloughan's chat with reporters, and how evaluating college quarterbacks remains in the Redskins' plans this offseason.

-- ESPN.com's John Keim joined "The Sports Fix" on ESPN980 on Wednesday to talk about the state of the Redskins heading into the offseason.

-- Former great Redskins general manager Charley Casserly gave his Redskins and NFL insights to Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell on ESPN980's "Inside The Locker Room."

-- Keim reports that Cousins says he wants to avoid being a "flash in the pan" after a successful first full season as the Redskins' starting quarterback.

-- The Redskins' late-season push to an NFC East title was fueled in large part due to the production of their wide receivers, Keim writes.

-- Keim also reports that Chris Baker provides the Redskins with a building block for a defensive line that could see some changes this offseason.

-- The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Michael Phillips writes that the biggest contributor to the Redskins in 2015 wasn't a player.

-- Phillips also handed out his 2015 Redskins season grades.

-- The Washington Post's Master Tesfatsion reports on McCloughan's desire for the Redskins not to be "big players" in free agency this offseason.**

-- Mike Jones of The Washington Post says that McCloughan's approach to this offseason is "anything but complacent."

-- Dan Steinberg of *The Washington Post *chronicles Presidential candidate Donald Trump's history of D.C. sports knowledge, including some nuggets about the Redskins.

-- Jordan Reed gets a nod in this FoxNews.com "All-NFC East Team."


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