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Need to Know: The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017

Need to Know: The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 16, 11 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 1
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 26
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 38
—Training camp starts (7/27) 102
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 147

The five Redskins with the best salary cap values

For a team to be successful under the NFL’s salary cap system it must have a number of players providing a high level of play for a relatively small share of the money available. These are the Redskins’ best cap values going into the 2017 season.

RB Rob Kelley, $540,000—The undrafted rookie didn’t even get a signing bonus so he is in line to get the second-year minimum with no added bonus proration. Even if the Redskins draft a running back it’s likely that Kelley will have a substantial role in the offense.

K Dustin Hopkins, $690,000—Sure, he went a little wobbly on field goals last year but he still hit on 81% of them and he is the most effective kicker from 50-plus years the team has had in a long time. A lot of his value stems from his kickoffs (70.7% touchbacks), taking a lot of pressure off the coverage teams.

WR Jamison Crowder, $751,400—Good wide receivers usually cost a bunch of money so if Crowder can improve on his 2016 line of 67/847/7 even a little bit he will prove to be a great value.

S Su’a Cravens, $1 million—He played fewer than 300 snaps last year but he had a key interception against the Giants, five passes defensed and a sack. If his playmaking increases proportionally to his playing time he will be a great value.

RT Morgan Moses, $1.97 million—A good starting right tackle will cost you about $6 million per year. Moses probably will make more than that next year when his rookie contract is up and he signs a new deal under a higher salary cap.

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Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.

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"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."

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