Yesterday, we looked at which Redskins players have contracts that expire this season. Today, let's look at a few players who might become free agents due to salaries that are too high for a team that again will have to make things work with an $18 million salary cap penalty.
DeAngelo Hall - He gets a salary bump from $6 million this year to $7.5 million in 2013. Ironically, one of the reasons that the Redskins were slapped with the cap penalty was that they restructured his contract to push all of the cap implications of a $15 million option bonus he was owed into the uncapped 2010 season. This means that the Redskins can release him with two years left on his deal and not have to absorb any dead cap hit. Hall has not played up to the level of his salary this year and unless he is willing to take a substantial pay cut he could find himself a cap casualty.
London Fletcher - It's hard to fathom the Redskins cutting the captain loose but, as they say, it's a business. His 2013 salary is a whopping $5.5 million and, clearly, his productivity is in decline. The Redskins could decide to move on from Fletcher, who will be 38 before next season starts, and make Keenan Robinson the starter. There would be $1.75 million of dead cap if they released him before June 1, leaving net cap savings of $3.75 million.
Santana Moss - He is having a better season than many thought he would but it is hard to see the Redskins paying him $4.15 million next year. Since the 33-year-old is in the last year of his deal the Redskins would still be on the hook for $1.667 million of the signing bonus he got with the contract he signed prior to the 2011 season. That would mean a savings of just under $2.5 million.
Josh Wilson - Depending on how the cornerback market looks in free agency and the draft, the Redskins could decide to start all over again at the position. Wilson has a 2013 salary of $3.9 million in the last year of his deal. There would be $1.33 million in dead cap to deal with so the net savings for releasing Wilson would be about $2.57 million.
Brandon Meriweather - If he can't stay on the field, the Redskins might choose to cut bait on Meriweather who is slated to make $2.45 million next year. With a pre-June release they would have to take $1.5 million of signing bonus as dead cap, resulting in net savings of $950,000.
Reed Doughty - He's a valuable contributor but they might be able to get the same productivity from someone younger (he just turned 30) and cheaper that the $1.15 million he will be due next year.
Who should stay and who should go? Let us know in the comments!