Least shocking news of the day award goes to JP Finlay's report that the Redskins will not be picking up WR Josh Doctson's 5th year option on his rookie contract. The option would have cost the Redskins $10.162 million next year, and would have been fully guaranteed for injury.
Doctson's had a rough start to his NFL career, and hasn't shown the Redskins enough on the field for them to commit to him next year. His injury history makes him a risk to invest that much money in past his rookie deal. Everyone has been waiting for Doctson to prove his draft status, and he will have to step up this year if he wants to get paid in 2020.
This decision was made a long time ago, but them telling him is news.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) May 1, 2019
As I said on CDVTW, there is no reason to. He's never hitting his 5th year option salary # in FA. Why risk him getting hurt and having to pay it. https://t.co/i02z8CBnJe
Doctson's first year was lost to mysterious Achilles injuries. He started 26 games over the last two seasons. Doctson is averaging 40 receptions a year for 517 yards and 4 TDs. He hasn't become the WR the Redskins projected when they drafted him at #22 in 2016.
The Redskins just drafted a franchise QB in Dwayne Haskins, and gave him two new receivers in Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon. They also lost Jamison Crowder to the Jets in free agency. Doctson still has a place on the roster this year, but beyond that is much less likely.