Dallas Cowboys

December 14, 2013

NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

2The way things have unfolded in Washington this season, with RG3 being mocked as RG3-10, an argument can be made that the Redskins should have opted for Kirk Cousins before Week 1 to allow Robert Griffin more time to heal. The move assures Griffin, who has been sacked 24 times in the past five games, gets to the off-season in one piece, when he might have to learn a new offense. It also allows the Redskins to showcase Cousins, who could be shopped in the off-season.

My five cents

1Josh McCown was named the NFC’s offensive player of the week, and for that he earned a demotion. Marc Trestman has been resolute in who his starting quarterback is when Jay Cutler is healthy, despite McCown becoming the first player in franchise history to have three consecutive 300-yard passing games. Going back to Cutler will define Trestman’s first season as the Bears’ coach and will determine Cutler’s future in Chicago. Cutler becomes a free agent in the off-season.

2The way things have unfolded in Washington this season, with RG3 being mocked as RG3-10, an argument can be made that the Redskins should have opted for Kirk Cousins before Week 1 to allow Robert Griffin more time to heal. The move assures Griffin, who has been sacked 24 times in the past five games, gets to the off-season in one piece, when he might have to learn a new offense. It also allows the Redskins to showcase Cousins, who could be shopped in the off-season.

3Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd missed most of training camp, angered by the team using the franchise-tag designation on him. He then missed the first five games with plantar fasciitis. But Byrd will cash in this off-season after making four interceptions in eight games. He has 22 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in five seasons.

4Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles has had bad luck and more bad luck. Injuries have ended his past three seasons — ACL surgery in his last year at OU, ACL surgery in his rookie year and a ruptured Achilles’ this year. He has played in only 16 games in two seasons. Yet, he vows to return for training camp.

5The Minnesota Vikings signed Josh Freeman on Oct. 6, rushing him into the starting lineup two weeks later. Freeman, 25, hasn’t played since and becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Thus, the Vikings have paid him $2 million for one game.

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