The Redskins could be getting some more salary cap room by the time free agency starts on March 11.
The official cap estimate for 2014 is $126.3 million. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, that is a low estimate so that teams can begin to draw up their budgets for the season. The final number is still being calculated and is subject to some more negotiation. It is possible that the salary cap could come close to $130 million.
A $130 million cap would give the Redskins over $30 million in cap room to try to improve from their dismal 3-13 campaign. Right now new head coach Jay Gruden, GM Bruce Allen and the rest of the organization are evaluating the current team and deciding how much of that cap space should go to the teams 20 free agents. They also are figuring out what players under contract they might want to release to create more cap room.
Although the NFL will see a substantial increase in TV right fees due to the new CBS Thursday night contract as well as deal negotiated with FOX, CBS, NBC, and ESPN earlier, that new money won’t be seen in this year’s cap. The spending limits are based on the revenues from the previous season so that money won’t kick in until 2015.
The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff.
First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.
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The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many.
If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading.
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According to a report from Ben Standig of Breaking Burgundy, Redskins running back Rob Kelley has undergone a knee procedure already this off-season.
Kelley has reportedly already resumed walking following the minor procedure.
The injury, which occured in a Week 16 matchup against Chicago, is not expected to impact Kelley into the 2017 season.
Kelley came out of nowhere an impressed in the pre-season and took over the starting job from Matt Jones in Week 9.
Stay tuned for more updates on Kelley.
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