It’s never too early for Redskins to think about Alex Smith’s successor

The Washington Redskins have Alex Smith locked up through the 2022 season after a new four-year, $94 million extension, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about the quarterback of the future. Smith is 33, and the time could be now to add a young signal-caller who can learn from Smith and grow in Coach Jay Gruden’s system.

After suffering through 1-31 over the last two years in Cleveland, Shelton appreciates getting a chance to perform in the other end of the spectrum.

[T]hey were the team that we wanted to beat really bad, I remember, because of how talented and successful the team’s been over the years, Shelton said. It was a goal for us at the Browns to go all out and try to beat the head honcho the Patriots. Obviously, we didn’t win but it was a great opportunity for me to be able to match up my talents against one of the top teams in the NFL. Now I’m excited to be a part of one of the top teams in the NFL.

But don’t call it a rebuild. At least, that’s not how general manager John Schneider would describe it.

It’s a constant reset every single year, it doesn’t stop, Schneider told ESPN 710 AM in Seattle on Friday. When I say’reset’ people are like,’Well it’s a rebuild.’ We’re not rebuilding; it’s just a reset.

Only the two teams that met in Super Bowl LII had higher points differential totals than the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. As one of the league’s youngest teams, they were destined to become a serious contender in 2018 without moving a muscle this offseason.

But the Rams haven’t rested, adding Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh to a Wade Phillips-led defense that ranked fifth in the NFL with 28 takeaways.