Redskins’ Gruden agrees to 2-year contract extension
The Washington Redskins and head coach Jay Gruden have agreed to a two-year contract extension, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Gruden had two years left on the five-year contract he signed when he was hired in January 2014. The extension will take him through the 2020 season.
Now, according to ESPN’s report, the 29-year-old will no longer kneel for the anthem to avoid a possible distraction for a new team.
Kaepernick doesn’t want the “past method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created, per sources,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said.
Kaepernick started the campaign of kneeling during the national anthem as the 49ers’ backup behind Blaine Gabbert before taking over as the starter on October 16 against the Buffalo Bills.
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When teams have asked the 49ers what they plan to do about the quarterback position, Rapoport added on Friday’s edition of NFL Total Access, they have responded, “Don’t worry. We are going to acquire one.”
Phenomenal second-year pass-catcher Michael Thomas makes Cooks theoretically expendable, as does the presence of Willie Snead.
Still, Cooks — despite being unhappy with his role — finished with 78 catches for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season, down just six grabs from 2015. His overall targets dipped from 129 two seasons ago to 117 in 2016, but Cooks isn’t the only mouth to feed.
There is no question about his talent, but Cooks is not easy to move considering what the Saints want — and what Cooks wants.
We’ll find out soon enough if the suitors in play still see this as a viable roster-building option.