Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 18, nine days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 24
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 36
—Training camp starts (7/27) 100
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 145
Could the Redskins’ draft indicate Morgan Moses’ long-term future?
Very early in the offseason there was buzz that the Redskins and Morgan Moses were talking about a contract extension. As the starting right tackle has completed three years of his rookie deal he is now eligible for a new one. There hasn’t been much talk since but there is plenty of time to get one done before the season starts. New contracts for Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams were completed in August the season before each would have been a free agent.
We might get an indication of how well any extension talks are going in the draft. If the Redskins take an offensive tackle early that may be an indication that talks with Moses are not going well. They could be in search of a possibly replacement for Moses who could take over in 2018. If they take one sometime late on Saturday or bypass the position altogether that could be a sign that talks are going well and it is just a matter of time before a deal is done.
The Redskins do have enough cap space to get a deal done. They currently stand at $8.1 million in available space. They will need a couple of million dollars to sign their draft picks (details on that coming in the next day or two) but they will recoup when they complete negotiations with DeAngelo Hall for a new deal that will lower his $4.25 million salary.
They will be able to craft an extension for Morgan, who should get a deal with an average annual value of $6-$7 million, so that it costs only about $1.5 million more than the $1.97 million he already counts against the cap.
Moses is one of four 2014 draft picks who are eligible for extensions. Spencer Long is another prime candidate, although the team might want him to have more than one year as the starting center under his belt before committing to him long term.
I get the sense that even if the Redskins wanted to work out new deals with Trent Murphy and Bashaud Breeland, both players would rather wait. Both could substantially increase their potential earnings by having good seasons while playing premium positions.
But it’s worth keeping an eye out for extensions for all four players. The organization does a good job of keeping these talks under wraps. The news of extensions for Kerrigan, Williams, and Jordan Reed all came without warning so new deals for the others could spring up at any time.
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You have to draft the players who are there, not the ones you wish were there. https://t.co/ZUupfmSm4p— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) April 17, 2017
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