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NFL Notes: Jaguars, Redskins, Saints, & Vikings

Jaguars

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said a winning record is “everybody’s reasonable expectation at this point.

“I think we want to have a team that is sustainable and wins,” Khan said Friday, via ESPN.com. “We’ve spent time, patience and investment to build a solid foundation that’s going to last for a long time.”

HC Gus Bradley appears to be entering the 2016 season with the expectation of being in contention for a playoff spot. However, Khan said that his recent extension will hopefully remove some of the distractions about Bradley’s future with the team.

“We don’t want to have any reason other than be focused on winning on the field, so this [the contract extension] really removes any distraction off the field,” Khan said.

Redskins

Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post writes that the Redskins face an interesting situation with TE Jordan Reed, who will be entering the final year of his contract in 2016.

The Chiefs and Eagles got extensions done with Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz last week that essentially set the bar for Reed’s next contract.

However, Washington still has to address starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will command a sizable raise with his next contract and there’s also the concern about Reed’s injury history.

The Redskins may prefer to wait to get a deal done with Reed, but that would be a calculated risk, seeing as another productive year would only increase Reed’s asking price even more.

Saints

  • Mike Triplett would be very surprised if the Saints invest anything significant into adding another running back.
  • Triplett believes if the Saints make a move at that position, expect them to downsize by parting ways with C.J. SpillerKhiry Robinson, or Tim Hightower.
  • Triplett points out with Robinson being a restricted free agent, the Saints will have to make a one-year qualifying offer around $1.5 million with no draft-pick compensation or closer to $2.5 million with second-round compensation.
  • Triplett adds that if the Saints cut Spiller prior to June 1, he’ll count more against the cap ($5.3 million) than if they keep him, making it likely he’s going to have the summer to regain his form.
  • Triplett says there’s a chance that Hightower could come cheaper than both Spiller and Robinson, providing more “bang for the buck.

Vikings

  • Ben Goessling of ESPN can see the Vikings bringing back veteran LB Chad Greenway a one-year deal worth something in the range of $2-2.5 million.
  • Goessling adds that the Vikings could include a roster bonus tied to the number of games Greenway is on the active roster.

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