As Jay Gruden and company finalize the coaching staff in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $20 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of the Redskins’ options. Previously we looked at the interior offensive line and offensive tackle, tight ends, running backs, quarterbacks, and wide receivers on offense and on the other side of the ball outside linebackers , inside linebackers, and the defensive line.
Up today, cornerbacks.
The Redskins have six cornerbacks under contract for 2015:
—Hall has the ninth-highest salary cap number on the team. He is in the second year of a four-year contract he signed a year ago. His cap numbers for the 2016 and 2017 seasons rise to slightly over $5 million each season.
—If Hall is still on the roster 14 days after the start of the league year (March 24) $1.25 million of his salary for the year will be fully guaranteed.
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—Porter is in the second year of the two-year deal he signed as a free agent last year. The $250,000 in roster bonuses are of the per-game variety so they only get paid if he is on the 46-man game day active roster. Also included in his cap number are $300,000 in incentive bonuses that he can earn.
—Amerson will enter the third year of the four-year contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013. Breeland is entering the second year of his rookie contract he got after being drafted in the fourth round last year.
—E. J. Biggers, who was the nickel corner for most of last season, is an unrestricted free agent.
—The Redskins’ total spending on cornerbacks is 16th in the NFL and below the NFL average of $12.1 million per team.
Adding and subtracting
Let’s start with the easy one. It would be difficult to justify keeping Porter on the roster after he played in just three games last year. He missed eight of the first nine games with a hamstring strain, played in two, and then hit injured reserve for the last five games with a shoulder injury.
Injuries happen but they happen a lot to Porter. He has missed multiple games in six of his seven NFL seasons. Even if he is willing to take a cut to his base salary the Redskins should move on from Porter.
The other question mark from a financial standpoint is Hall. There would be a $2.44 million dead cap hit but $2.37 million in net cap savings if the team releases him prior to when the partial guarantee of his salary kicks in. He suffered a torn Achilles in Week 3 and then tore the same tendon again about a month later.
The salary guarantee deadline puts some pressure on the organization to make a call sooner rather than later. What should they do? Tarik El-Bashir and I will examine that question later this afternoon on CSNwashington.com.
Cap information from OverTheCap.com and other sources.