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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2019, file photo, North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance (5) scores a rushing touchdown during the first half of an FCS playoff NCAA college football game against Montana State in Fargo, N.D. All but a few teams in the Football Championship Subdivision shut down in the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will play a spring season culminating with the NCAA playoffs in April and May. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)

In a crowded quarterback class, no obvious savior for Washington

- The Washington Times

With this year's combine canceled because of the pandemic, the buzz around the draft -- still two months away -- isn't as intense as usual. But for those desperate for information on this year's class, there's no shortage of sources. That's especially true when it comes to the five quarterbacks expected to go within the first 20 or so picks.

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, in this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, file photo. Washingtons biggest offseason need is to figure out its quarterback situation. Trade for DeShaun Watson? Sign Cam Newton? Roll with Alex Smith and Kyle Allen? Coach Ron Rivera says nothing is off the table. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File) **FILE**

Rivera, Mayhew not rushing to 'mortgage the future' for quarterback

- The Washington Times

As Mayhew and Hurney were formally introduced Wednesday, Washington's plans for the position dominated the conversation. The team notably struck out on acquiring Matthew Stafford from the Lions over the weekend, but the pursuit was a possible indication that Washington could want to go big in order to secure its quarterback of the future.

Joe Theismann on an August 29, 2016 interview on the Fox Business Network. Screen captured from video.

Theismann blasts Deshaun Watson: 'This isn't the NBA'

- The Washington Times

The possibility of Deshaun Watson becoming available on the trade market has NFL teams salivating at the chance to grab a 25-year-old franchise quarterback. Washington legend Joe Theismann, however, has an issue with Watson's actions.

In this Dec. 20, 2020, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball during the second quarter of the team's NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. The Lions are trading Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff, two future first-round picks and a third-round pick, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night, Jan. 30, because the deal has not been completed. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen, File) **FILE**

Washington's offer for Matthew Stafford revealed

- The Washington Times

Reports emerged over the weekend that Washington made an offer to the Detroit Lions for quarterback Matthew Stafford, only for the team to accept a package from the Los Angeles Rams instead. Though Washington's offer was described as "substantial," details were sparse. Now, we know.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speak at midfield after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) **FILE**

Brady holds edge over Rodgers in showdown of great quarterbacks

- The Washington Times

When Aaron Rodgers saw that Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Green Bay Packers quarterback figured a showdown with the 43-year-old would eventually come. And though the Buccaneers were on the Packers' regular-season schedule, that's not quite what Rodgers had in mind.

In this March 11, 2015, file photo, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks in Allen Park, Mich. The Detroit Lions fired president Tom Lewand and Mayhew, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ** FILE **

Mayhew joining Washington's front office as executive, working with Hurney

- The Washington Times

Washington is on the verge of hiring Marty Hurney as its next general manager, but the team might not be done shuffling the front office. According to the NFL Network, Washington is expected to add San Francisco vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew as a 'high-ranking executive with a title to be determined.'

Washington Football Team's Alex Smith plays during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) **FILE**

Alex Smith feels 'emboldened' by comeback season

- The Washington Times

Did Alex Smith just give a hint about his future? The Washington quarterback told CBS' '60 Minutes' on Sunday that he feels 'emboldened' after his comeback season. Smith told reporters that he would take a few weeks to decide whether he wanted to retire or play football in 2021.

Washington Football Team offensive guard Brandon Scherff (75) blocks during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, file photo. Scherff was selected Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, to The Associated Press All-Pro Team. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)  **FILE**

After All-Pro season, Scherff in line for major payday

- The Washington Times

Before leaving the locker room following Washington'ss playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Morgan Moses had a brief exchange with Brandon Scherff. The right tackle told Scherff that the defeat wasn't the last game they played together. But Scherff, a pending free agent, couldn't answer with the same certainty.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

With quarterback again a priority, Washington has plenty of options

- The Washington Times

Washington, once again, faces a familiar problem of having to determine who will be its franchise quarterback. Finding the right player for 2021 and beyond is particularly important for this set of circumstances as Washington's promising core could be further elevated with elite -- or even above-average -- production from under center. Washington's window to compete has opened and the team only has a few years before its foundational players like Terry McLaurin and Chase Young have to be paid.

Philadelphia Eagles' Doug Pederson walks the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)  **FILE**

Eagles fire coach Doug Pederson

- The Washington Times

The Philadelphia Eagles fired Pederson on Monday, just three years after the coach helped win a Super Bowl with the franchise. Pederson's exit comes after a tumultuous season in which the Eagles finished 4-11-1.

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) dives to score a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebackers Kevin Minter (51) and Lavonte David (54) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Heinicke's rally falls short as Washington loses to Tampa Bay

- The Washington Times

As Tampa Bay lined up to kickoff almost midway through the fourth quarter, Taylor Heinicke sprinted out of the locker room to rejoin his team. Washington's season and playoff hopes had come down to him, and so despite a shoulder injury minutes earlier, Heinicke just had to be out there.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Key to stopping Brady? Pressure, pressure, pressure

- The Washington Times

Chase Young said he can't remember the first time he watched Tom Brady play quarterback. Who could blame him? The six-time Super Bowl champion was drafted just four days after Young was born -- meaning Young, now 21, grew up with Brady a fixture on television.

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SLIDESHOW: A Decade of Bruce Allen

SLIDESHOW: A Decade of Bruce Allen

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A year-by-year timeline of the Washington Redskins' most memorable gaffes and shortcomings of the 2010s, marking the 10-year anniversary of the hiring of team president and former general manager Bruce Allen.