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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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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

After missing all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a toe injury, Jordan Reed has returned to practice for the Redskins. According to coach Jay Gruden, the Pro Bowl tight end participated in everything in today’s session, the first one open to the media since Reed was activated off of the PUP list on Sunday.

“I'm feeling good,” Reed said. “It felt obviously great to be back out there with my teammates and getting back to work.

Reed said that the toe was “100 percent right now,” a good sign for a Redskins’ offense that has struggled to move the ball in the preseason.

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“We’re easing him back in the offense,” said Gruden. “He did some good things in the passing game, we put him in the running game a little bit. [He] did good, he looks well.”

Gruden said that here is a chance that Reed will play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday.

“I’d like to get him back out there and get in the running game a little bit, get involved, and catch a couple of passes,” he said.

But Gruden emphasized that Reed will not play if the training staff thinks there is a risk of re-injuring the toe.

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Reed wants to get out there and play some.

“I think it's real important just to feel some hits and live bullets at me and things like that - get my feet under me,” said. “I think it's really important.”

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he is happy to get one of his favorite weapons back. He noted that he had all of his top pass catchers on the field for the first time since the start of camp.

“I think just as important as having Jordan back was having our whole offense together for the first time,” said Cousins. “Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, some of the other guys who have at times take off days here and there. We haven’t had many days when the whole group was together.”

Whether the whole group is together on Sunday or not, it looks like they all will be one the field when the games start to count on September 10.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Scot McCloughan told Adam Schefter he cried when he left the Redskins

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Scot McCloughan told Adam Schefter he cried when he left the Redskins

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter hosts a podcast called "Know Them From Adam." His guest on Wednesday's episode was former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan, who discussed everything from his professional plans to predictions for breakout rookies this year.

Schefter often wraps up podcast interviews by asking his guest the last time he or she cried. When he put the same question to McCloughan, he got a very sincere answer. 

"Probably when I walked out of the Redskins building," McCloughan said. He was relieved of his general manager position in March after two years in Washington.

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Elaborating, McCloughan said his tears came from a passion for his job and colleagues. 

"Just passion. A lot of good people there," he said. "A lot relationships you build with coaches, with players, ownership, secreteries, janitors. Just knowing you're leaving that and you're not coming back to it. It's just passion for the people that work so hard in the building."

McCloughan's admission that he cried leaving the Redskins comes on the heels of his decision to join Twitter. His first tweet was about how much he missed the franchise and its fans. 

Since joining the social media platform, McCloughan has fielded football questions and reiterated his affection for his time in Washington.