In the Redskins and Cowboys two-sentence joint statement announcing their decision not to further contest their salary cap penalty case concluded by saying, We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season.As far as the Redskins are concerned, that means that they will have to figure out how they will go about doing business over the next two years minus 18 million in salary cap space per season. The penalty will hurt, no doubt, but it should not be crippling.As far as this year goes, the Redskins are some 3.8 million under the cap. They still have to sign their top three draft picks but even after that they will have a couple of million dollars to work with.Although under the rules teams dont need to be even a dollar under the cap, its not a good idea to go into the season with no cap room. For one thing, the salaries of players on injured reserve count towards the limit so you need to have some money set aside to cover that. And if an opportunity to sign a player who could help the team comes up, it is good to have the money set aside to be able to do that.They could create some more cap room by releasing players. The two most frequently discussed candidates for release are Chris Cooley and Santana Moss, both of whom have high cap numbers but are not expected to be starters. The team would save 3.9 million against this years cap by releasing Cooley after June 1 and 3.15 million if they cut Moss loose at that time.But they are not in a position where they are forced to cut Cooley or Moss or anybody else. Thanks to sound cap management, they were able to absorb the 18 million reduction in their cap, address at least some of their offseason free agency shopping list and re-sign key veterans such as London Fletcher.They are in good cap shape despite the penalty in part because they are only carrying about 2.9 million in dead cap space. Many teams have 10-15 million or more in dead cap and the Redskins used to be among the league leaders in dead cap annually. This means that almost every dollar of the cap is going towards compensation for players on the 2012 roster and is not on the book for players who are long gone.They also can survive the penalty because they have drafted 21 players in the past two years, the most in the NFL. In addition to bringing youthful enthusiasm to a team, draft choices are also cheap labor, especially in their first or second seasons. Having 20 or so recent draft picks on your roster always has been a good way to keep you cap total in check.Its early to look ahead to next year but it appears that the 18 million penalty will squeeze them and limit them in free agency but they should not have to release any players they do not want to let go of. Fred Davis is the only starter who is scheduled to be a free agent who might command a big contract.One source shows the Redskins with about 78 million in cap dollars committed for 2013. A lot can change there so its too early to base too much on that but it looks like they will have room to operate under a cap number that is likely to be in the 102 million range for them.The Redskins were not able to plan for getting slapped with the salary cap penalty this year as they knew nothing about it until about 24 hours before the start of free agency. But sound management prepares you for the unexpected and Bruce Allen and Eric Schaffer deserve credit for having the Redskins ready for a storm that nobody saw coming.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.
The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off Week 4 of the NFL preseason with a rainsoaked matchup on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
The game was moved up a day early because of incliment weather and early updates indicate the game is still on, for now.
CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live udpates from the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game with the latest scores, stats, highlights, weather updates and quarter-by-quarter summaries.
5:30 p.m. — The official kickoff time is set for 8:00 p.m. The radar in Tampa Bay doesn't look to good just two hours out.
Alright be safe my CSN CREW and all involved tonight. pic.twitter.com/dwXVcIafoI— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatCSN) August 31, 2016
5:40 p.m. — Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld is getting the start for the Redskins tonight. Having played his college career in Big Ten country, 'a little rain' isn't a concern.
6:10 p.m. — Oh the joys of television ... and cannons. CSNMA Insider JP Finlay still has some things to get used to.
6:20 p.m. — The game is still on as planned, although the torrential downpour in Tampa could potentially force game officials to end the game at the half.
TAMPA - It's no secret that bad weather is hitting Tampa this week. In fact, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game from Thursday night to Wednesday night in an effort to get in front of the pending tropical weather. While the schedule change may help the teams avoid the nastiest parts of the storm, plenty of bad weather has already moved into Tampa.
From CSN photographer Mitch Tischler live at Raymond James Stadium:
A different view - looking over Tampa Bay:
As of 1 p.m., there are no plans in place to cancel the game, and some of the football operations people involved believe that the game will be fine as the bands of rain space out. Lightning and flooding could lead to a cancellation, however, either before the game or once the action stars.
Why was every player at the Redskins' Welcome Home Luncheon dressed like they'd just stepped off a golf course in Key West?
They're all wearing dusky colored Tommy Bahama shirts because it's Paul Kelly Day.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins had the idea to honor Kelly, the team's longtime Director of Football Operations and Tommy Bahama enthusiast, at the Welcome Home Luncheon.
Cousins rallied his teammates to put their outfits on Island Time as a kind of tribute.
According to his bio on Redskins.com, Kelly does quite a lot to earn that recognition.
Kelly, who was named to the post on February 16, 2010, works directly with Head Coach Jay Gruden and is responsible for coordinating the team’s daily operations, including all travel and accommodations for home and away games, managing all football department budgets, coordinating training camp logistics and managing the year-round football schedule.
Additionally, Kelly serves as the coaching staff’s liaison on all matters relating to the athletic training, equipment, video and the public relations departments, serving as the point of communication in administering every Redskins practice and team function, including all mini-camps, OTA days and training camp.
The Welcome Home Luncheon was the perfect opportunity to recognize Kelly's contributions because many players were able to attend.
Cousins and the other starters didn't travel for the team's fourth preseason game. Instead, rookie QB Nate Sudfeld will lead the Redskins reserves against the Buccaneers Wednesday night (7 p.m., CSN).
The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but had to be moved up to avoid severe weather in Tampa.
Check out some more photos of the players in their piña colada wear.