NBC Sports' Peter King said he was "told the [Washington Football Team] is intended to be passed down to the next generation of Snyders."
Longtime team owner Daniel Snyder recently took on $450 million in debt to buy out the Football Team's minority owners, with whom he had feuded for years. He now owns 100 percent of the franchise. That could conceivably make it easier for Snyder to sell the team, but King reports there are no such plans. King said Snyder "could face significant league sanctions" if the NFL's report on the Football Team's toxic culture and various sexual harassment scandals is particularly damning. "I don’t believe he would be forced to sell the team, but we’ll see how serious the findings are," King said. If Snyder has his way, his family will own the franchise for decades -- maybe centuries -- to come.
The Washington Football Team is open for business. That was effectively the message of the pre-NFL draft news conference Coach Ron Rivera and General Manager Martin Mayhew held Friday morning. The pair sidestepped quarterback questions — “I won’t get into that for strategic reasons,” Mayhew said — and continued to emphasize their offseason-long message that all options are on the table with their first-round pick, No. 19 overall.
“We’re open to doing either [moving up or down] right now,” Mayhew said. “It’s just going to depend on the entire process, and we’re working through some things right now.”
Rivera has maintained Washington will read and react when the first round of the draft begins April 29. The top three picks are expected to be quarterbacks, which would leave two remaining prospects among those considered worthy of first-round selections — probably some combination of Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones. But several teams ahead of Washington in the draft order could select a quarterback, including the Denver Broncos (No. 9) and New England Patriots (No. 15).
Rivera said he doesn’t feel pressure to define a franchise quarterback this season and won’t move up unless the price is right.
“Everybody is a projection, in my opinion, first of all,” the coach added. “There are very few sure hits, and even those are questions. There is a lot of guesswork that’s going to go into it. The quarterback position, as much as any, is such a tough one to figure out.”
Mayhew declined to reveal which quarterback traits are important to him but said he valued those with “time spent on the job.” This would seem to be a plus for Fields (34 games) and a concern for Lance (19; one last season). Top quarterbacks aren’t sure things — none of the first-rounders from 2009 to 2016 are still with their original teams — but Mayhew and Rivera said the trend isn’t concerning, because not all of those failures are solely the player’s fault.
A lot of it has to do with that person’s makeup,” Rivera said. “A lot has to do with your team. Do you have the ability to protect that player, and do you have playmakers around that player? There are a lot of factors that go into it. It’s a little bit of a crapshoot as well.”
On the other side of the ball, Rivera said he would like a linebacker who can play more than one position “because today’s game does ask that.” He said Cole Holcomb could play either of the team’s outside linebacker positions — the Will, which is more of downhill defender, or the Sam, which he calls the “Buffalo nickel” role and includes more coverage responsibilities. He noted this lets the team target a Will or a Sam in the draft. The team’s emphasis on versatility could be a plus for linebackers such as Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Tulsa’s Zaven Collins, who are considered by many evaluators to be capable of playing multiple roles.