Will they re-sign quarterback Kirk Cousins? There's no doubt the Redskins want him back. Cousins has always taken a wait-and-see approach to keep his focus on the field. But a lot will depend on how both sides view his value. The best early guess is that he'll require a contract worth at least $17 million a season. A few weeks back, the Redskins knew it was hard to pinpoint where Cousins should be slotted in terms of value because this was his first full season as a starter -- and he was inconsistent the first half of the year. But his strong finish elevated him into a different landing spot financially, even with a playoff loss. Cousins might just be a game manager, but with the talent around him, that's all he needed to be -- and it worked. He has talked often about being able to play in one system for a long time; staying in Washington would give him that opportunity. But if they can’t come to an agreement, the Redskins still have ultimate control with the franchise tag, which would cost anywhere between $20 million and $25 million.
What happens with quarterback Robert Griffin III? The Redskins picked up his 2016 option last spring, so he would count $16.2 million against the salary cap if they wanted to keep him. But there's no reason to do so -- and there's zero reason to think it would be wise given the salary figure. Griffin could always renegotiate his option, but why would he want to stay with a team that made him a third stringer all season? It's time to move on from him and it's time for him to seek work elsewhere. Whether he can turn his career around remains to be seen, but it won't happen in Washington.
What do they need to fix first? The defense. The Redskins will bring back Junior Galette, but he's coming off a torn Achilles and there's no guarantee he'll provide what they hoped he would before the injury. The Redskins need more youth along the defensive line, which they definitely know. Their lack of pressure over the last three quarters Sunday proved to be a big difference -- and they failed to get off blocks and make stops when the Packers spread the field and ran. Jason Hatcher turns 34 in July and it's uncertain if he'll be back after dealing with knee issues the past two seasons. They have a decision to make with nose tackle Terrance Knighton, who did not perform the way they had hoped. And they still have questions at safety: Is DeAngelo Hall a legit option or will they look to add someone else to pair with Dashon Goldson (who will need to re-work his contract thanks to a cap hit that jumps to $8 million next season)?
What happens at receiver? The Redskins will have two receivers entering the final year of their contracts in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. Garcon's cap hit will increase from $9.7 million this year to $10.2 million in 2016. Jackson's stays the same at $9.25 million. But there's not much reason to do anything with them. The Redskins like Garcon a lot and Jackson continues to provide big plays. One reason Cousins has shined of late is because of the receivers. If they got rid of Garcon -- and to date this is not on the table -- they'd have to pay a replacement similar to what he'll make this year. Extending him might not lower his cap figure this season, but Washington is a place he'd like to stay.
What do they do at running back? Alfred Morris has been a model citizen and workhorse for the Redskins since being drafted in 2012. But he's coming off his worst season. Can he provide the pop they want -- and find holes when none are available? The Redskins consider Morris a steady back, but they'll likely be looking for more than that this offseason. They also have Matt Jones, who was inconsistent as a rookie this season. The difficult part for the Redskins is if they end up not re-signing Morris. They love what he adds in terms of character.