Last week, we talked about reports that the Eagles were going to cut the salary of left tackle Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles tendon while working out near his home, by 3.5 million. That is the same amount they will have to pay Demetress Bell, the player signed to play left tackle in Peters absence.As noted in the article, the Eagles have every right to deduct the money; in fact, they could have not paid Peters at all since he was injured away from the team facility. They told Peters they were docking his pay for salary cap reasons. The Eagles are about 16.8 million under the cap.The Ravens face a similar situation in regards to linebacker Terrell Suggs. He also tore his Achilles while working out near his home. The NFL defensive player of the year is due 4.9 million in 2012 and according to a report the Ravens are going to pay him all of it even if he cant come back late in the season as he hopes.The Ravens are in a much less comfortable cap position than the Eagles are. As of March 30 they were about 1.7 million under. The Baltimore Sun report gives some reasons why this is the logical move for the organization. Jeff Zrebiec says that docking Suggs pay would send a bad message to the rest of the team, could mar Suggs future with the team and, besides, there is no indication that Suggs did anything wrong.The exact same reasons for the Ravens giving their injured player 100 percent of his pay could apply to the Eagles and Peters, who, like Suggs, is arguably his teams best player.Again, what the Eagles did was perfectly legal according to the CBA. But given that Peters wasnt doing anything high risk like skiing or skydiving when he got injured and that he was jus trying to get in shape to do his job, it doesnt seem quite right.Look at it this way. If you are an NFL free agent and you are deciding between comparable offers between Philly and Baltimore, where are you going to play?
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 28, 30 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 20
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 45
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 57
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 109
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 157
Tuesday three and out
1. Maybe Bruce Allen and the Redskins have a master plan for saving the whole Kirk Cousins situation but right now it just looks like they’re stuck without a solution to paying $24 million to a quarterback who likely will be gone in a year. That’s money that could either be rolled over into future seasons if Cousins gets traded or used as a down payment on a long-term Cousins deal. Maybe there’s a master plan there somewhere but right now it looks an awful lot like the organization is just stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its toe while trying to find the light switch.
2. WR Brian Quick will cost the Redskins less against the salary cap than they are paying him. That’s because his contract takes advantage of the minimum salary benefit. He gets the sixth-year minimum salary of $775,000 plus an $85,000 signing bonus, a total of $860,000. Because of the minimum salary and low signing bonus the CBA rules allow the team to essentially discount the cap hit for the contract down to $695,000. The rule is designed so that younger players are necessarily cheaper, at least when it comes to the salary cap.
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3. Allen hinted that the Redskins won’t necessarily hire a general manager after the draft. While talking to colleague JP Finlay he said, “We’ll talk about what we need after the draft from a staffing standpoint.” Not “we’ll search high and low for the best GM in the business” but that needs will be examined. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
And out—Allen didn’t have much to say when JP asked about the stadium project that was a hot topic a year or so ago, only confirming that talks are ongoing. The fact that he had so little to say, not even some platitudes about the desire to build a great environment for the fans. Reading between the lines, this makes me think that a deal is getting close and the less that is said about it at this point the better. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will be term limited out of office next January and the feeling is that he will want to leave a Redskins stadium deal as his legacy.
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The NFL wasn’t making any money off of Romo’s fantasy convention in Vegas. With Raiders in Vegas they get a ~$350 million relocation fee. https://t.co/7YeAQidRyO— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) March 27, 2017
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When it comes to incorrectly identifying the names of social media platforms, Bill Belichick is the standard-bearer and industry leader. Examples of terms recently uttered by the head coach include gems like "MyFace" and "Yearbook," as the football icon has demonstrated he's somewhat aware of the sites and apps yet doesn't really care about them.
Bruce Allen, though, may have just laid claim to Belichick's crown. In a 1-on-1 interview with CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, Allen discussed how he's not involved at all on social media and then proceeded to give Snapchat a glorious new name.
"I don't get to pay attention to everything," Allen told Finlay when asked if the team president keeps up with the constant rumors surrounding Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.
"You're not on Twitter all the time?" Finlay interjected.
"No, I don't have Twitter," Allen answered, laughing, "and I'm not on Snapper-chapper or whatever it's called."
Allen was in the neighborhood by starting off with "Snap," but the rest of his attempt showed he's not exactly on the right street. Fortunately, unlike Belichick, Jay Gruden has gotten Snapchat's name right in the past, and could likely help Allen get used to the app if Allen ever decides to start using it.
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