Report: Redskins to meet with Tua Tagovailoa

Chris Lingebach
February 25, 2020 - 6:37 pm

The Redskins will reportedly meet with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.

This news comes by way of Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline, who last week reported Trent Williams is likely to return to the Redskins "because of Ron Rivera," which has since been corroborated by The Washington Post.

"Interestingly enough, Tua has an official 45 meeting with the Washington Redskins at the Combine," Pauline writes. "While there are some in the Washington organization not sold on Dwayne Haskins, I would not read to much into this. Though an interesting talking point, in the end, it's Washington doing their due diligence."

Washington has long been connected to Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, who many believe to be a no-brainer pick at second overall (or first, for that matter). But the fact remains that there will be plenty of teams wishing to move up for the chance to draft Tagovailoa, a proven winner of the highest national championship order.

For the Redskins, showing interest in Tagovailoa is a win-win proposition. As John Keim observes, in order for the Redskins to generate trade interest at No. 2, other teams have to believe they have genuine interest in drafting Tagovailoa. And if they happen to fall in love with him in the process, he's there for the taking.

And while Pauline is sure to clarify not to read too much into this, here's Chris Russell, to make sure you don't not read into it. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the NFL's lying season.

As Russell noted on 106.7 The Fan's 'Grant & Danny' Tuesday, don't be surprised if Washington's interest in Tagovailoa is more than due diligence just for the sake of appearances.

"I think it means a little bit more than nothing, Danny. I don't think it means a whole lot," Russell said. "And the little more than nothing to me comes from they've gone from 60 to 45 interviews, so that's number one."

"Number two: The Redskins always send their entire crew down to Alabama for their pro day," he said. "But over the last couple years, they have done a private second pro day at Alabama where their entire crew goes down a second time. We know the history with Alabama. Any time they meet with an Alabama prospect, you've gotta think it's more than just, quote, unquote, 'due diligence.'

"Especially what we know about their lack of… let's just call it lack of 100 percent belief in Dwayne Haskins."