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Need to Know: Five players who will be 2016 salary cap bargains for the Redskins

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Need to Know: Five players who will be 2016 salary cap bargains for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 27, 28 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Five players who will be cap bargains in 2016

TE Jordan Reed (2016 cap number $833,166)—Reed was just scratching the surface of what he can do in 2015. I think there is a string of 1,200-yard seasons in his future. The Redskins may elect to give him a contract extension but even if they do that his cap number for this year could be around $4 million, about half of the going rate for a top TE.

ILB Will Compton (est. $600,000)—Compton is unsigned but that’s just a technicality. He is an exclusive rights free agent and the chances are very good that he signs a one-year contract for the minimum for a player with two years under his belt. He is likely to remain the starter at Mike linebacker and continue to emerge as one of the leaders on defense.

CB Bashaud Breeland ($721,500)—He is gong into the third year of his rookie contract so he is not yet eligible for a new deal. And he may not be ready for one. Breeland played well at times as the team’s No. 1 corner with Chris Culliver sidelined with injuries for a good chunk of the season but he also showed that he has a lot to learn. The team will see how much he can improve this year and then maybe talk extension with him in 2017.

WR Jamison Crowder ($661,406)—A productive skill position player on a rookie contract is always going to be a cap bargain. He caught just one pass fewer and gained 120 more yards than Steelers TE Heath Miller, who had a cap number of $7.1 million.

OLB Preston Smith ($1.31 million)—The Redskins got eight sacks from Smith in 2015. The Titans got seven sacks from Jurrell Casey, who has a $8.12 million cap number and seven from former Redskin Brian Orakpo, who carries an $8.25 million cap number.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 17 days ago. It will be about 228 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 28; NFL free agency starts 43; 2016 NFL draft 92

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NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

A lot has changed since the end of the college football season, and that's obvious when you consider all of the names the Redskins might look at with the 17th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 

Some players have surged up draft boards on the strength of strong combine or pro day efforts. Other have dropped, due to unfortunate incidents, injuries or poor measurements.

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Think about players like Teez Tabor or Zach Cunningham. Those guys play in the SEC and seemed like first-round locks two months ago. Now the 'Skins might be able to value shop for those players in the second round.

The flip side: A plyer like Haason Reddick. A star at the Senior Bowl who really busted out at the Combine, the Redskins might love to have him but he could be a Top 10 selection.

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All sorts of legal trouble and diluted urine samples will also impact draft night. Injuries too, or even the thought of possible injuries.

Few sporting events are as wild as the first round of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned with CSN for all your Redskins coverage. Chick Hernandez and Rich Tandler will be in Ashburn with the team, JP Finlay will be live in Philadelphia as the chaos unfolds. 

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Robert Kelley, Su'a Cravens, Colt McCoy among Redskins who'll have new numbers in 2017

Robert Kelley, Su'a Cravens, Colt McCoy among Redskins who'll have new numbers in 2017

The next time Robert Kelley plows over a helpless linebacker, he'll do it with a new number on his uniform.

The second-year running back is switching from No. 32 to No. 20, according to Redskins.com. And he's not the only returning player who'll take the field in 2017 with a new pair of digits.

Su'a Cravens will no longer be No. 36 for Washington. Instead, he'll change to No. 30. DJ Swearinger will be taking over No. 36 after coming over from the Cardinals, a number that he reportedly purchased from Cravens for $75,000

Then there's Colt McCoy. McCoy has donned No. 16 for the past three seasons, but he's throwing it back to his college days and will now rock No. 12.

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Finally, second-year corner Kendall Fuller only spent one year with No. 38. As he hopes to improve in his sophomore campaign, he'll be doing so with No. 29.

As for the free agents, Terrelle Pryor will be replacing DeSean Jackson in more ways than one when kickoff rolls around. Not only will the ex-Brown have to shine as a top receiver for Kirk Cousins like Jackson did, but he'll also be sporting Jackson's No. 11.

New linebacker Zach Brown, meanwhile, is now No. 56, linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain are Nos. 92 and 97 respectively and Brian Quick will keep No. 83 from his Rams days.

For a complete list of all the changes, click here.

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