As Jay Gruden and company continue the process of planning for the 2015 season, in another part of the building at Redskins Park they 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, cornerbacks, and the defensive line.
Up today, safeties.
The Redskins have two safeties under contract for 2015:
—Both Thomas and Davis have just one year of accredited service so the team controls their rights for three more seasons.
—Both of last year’s starting safeties, Ryan Clark, who will turn 36 early in the season, and Brandon Meriweather, who just turned 31, are unrestricted free agents.
—Backup safety Trenton Robinson is a restricted free agent.
—The Redskins’ total spending at safety is last in the NFL and well below the league average of $7.2 million per team.
Adding and subtracting
Obviously there needs to be more adding than subtracting. It seems very likely that the team will move on from Clark and Meriweather so new starters will have to be found in free agency, the draft or from among the safeties left on the roster.
Thomas was a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 and if anyone on the roster is going to be in line to be a starter it’s him.
Robinson probably is no more than a depth and special teams player but the team likely would like to have him back. The team probably won’t hit him with the restricted free agent tag, which would bring a salary of around $1.5 million. Look for them to make him a contract offer that’s closer to the minimum for players with three accrued seasons ($645,000) but contains some guaranteed money.
Where should another starter come from? Tarik El-Bashir and I explore the question
Cap information from OverTheCap.com and other sources.