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Contract ties Jackson to Redskins for two years

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Contract ties Jackson to Redskins for two years

Yesterday when we looked at the preliminary numbers (3 years, $24 million) from DeSean Jackson’s contract we said that we would have to wait for the details before we could figure out in there was a winner and a loser in the negotiation.

We got the details and the deal appears to be a win-win.

Jackson gets $16 million fully guaranteed and he gets it in his bank account in the next two years. The length of the deal will let him have one more shot at free agency at the age of 30.

The Redskins get a fairly low first-year cap number, something important since they didn’t really plan on having the opportunity to sign Jackson and didn’t set aside cap space to make the move. And if things are not going well or if other circumstances dictate they can get out of the deal after two years with minimal damage in the form of dead cap.

It’s actually a four-year contract that automatically voids to a three-year deal immediately after the 2016 Super Bowl. That voidable year allows the Redskins to spread Jackson’s $5 million signing bonus out over four years instead of three. His first-year salary of $1 million, roster bonus of $1.5 million and his $500,000 workout bonus are all fully guaranteed. His cap hit in 2014 is $4.25 million.

The cap number jumps up to $9.25 million in both 2015 and 2016. The compensation is identical in both seasons with salaries of $3.75 million, per-game roster bonuses of $3.75 million, and workout bonuses of $500,000. The difference is that his 2015 compensation is guaranteed while his 2016 pay is not.

The roster bonuses, by the way, are paid as long as Jackson is not on the suspended list or the non-football injury list. He does not need to be on the 46-man game day active roster to collect $93,750 per game this year and $218,750 per game in 2015 and 2016.

Since the guaranteed money is all paid by the time the 2015 season ends the Redskins can move on after that if they choose. They would just have to take a dead cap charge of $2.5 million for the rest of the proration of Jackson’s signing bonus.

But it would be painful to release Jackson just one year into the deal. The team would have to eat $11.25 million in dead cap money.

If Jackson completes the three years of the contact the Redskin will still have a $1.25 million dead cap charge in 2017 (the voided year on the contract).

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

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2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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Award Tour: JP & Tandler select Redskins Offensive Player of the Year

Award Tour: JP & Tandler select Redskins Offensive Player of the Year

With the 2017 offseason about to kick into high gear, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are going to take one last look at 2016 in the coming days. That’s right, it’s time to hand out awards for Coach of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

We’ve picked our top coaches and the Special Teams. and defensive POY’s. Today we select the Offensive Player of the Year.

Tandler: I don’t see any need to overthink this. The Redskins set a team record for total offensive yards in a season and it was mostly due to the play of Kirk Cousins. He shattered his own team records in nearly every major passing stat. He was a steady hand as the line underwent some turmoil with the suspension of Trent Williams and injury situations. His primary running backs were a fumble-prone second-year player and an undrafted rookie. The team’s best pass catcher, tight end Jordan Reed, missed four games with injuries and he was obviously hampered by a shoulder injury in a few others. Cousins did slump towards the end of the season and the interception he threw late in the season finale killed off the Redskins’ playoff chances. But he was the one primarily responsible for the team posting winning record in consecutive seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years.

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Finlay: I kinda wanted to overthink this but Tandler yelled at me. DeSean Jackson was arguably the Redskins best threat, and Pierre Garçon was the most dependable player on the team. Jordan Reed showed how great he can be, but injuries limited his performance. In the end, the award goes to Kirk Cousins. It has to. The guy nearly threw for 5,000 yards and he broke his own passing record that he set last season. What happens before the March 1 franchise deadline not withstanding, Cousins was the 'Skins best offensive player in 2016.

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