Salary cap review: Quarterbacks
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, and wide receivers.
Up today, quarterbacks
The Redskins currently have two quarterbacks under contract.
—Griffin is on the fourth year of his rookie contract. His base salary is fully guaranteed.
—Cousins is also on the fourth year of his rookie contract but as a fourth-round pick his salary is not guaranteed.
—Both players are in the final years of their contracts. Cousins will become a free agent after the season. Griffin also will be a free agent in 2016 unless the team activates a one-year option in his contract worth that would be worth about $16 million. They have until early May to decide on that option.
[RELATED: Redskins 2015 position outlooks: Quarterback]
—Colt McCoy, who started four games last year, is an unrestricted free agent.
—The Redskins’ spending at quarterback ranks 21st in the NFL.
Adding and subtracting
As noted above, the Redskins currently have no quarterbacks under contract beyond 2015. It seems unlikely that the Redskins will pull the trigger on that $16 million option on Griffin by the deadline in May.
That situation could be viewed as a positive because it gives the team plenty of flexibility at the position. But the downside is that the Redskins have no stability at the most important position on the field.
Should they bring back Colt McCoy and possibly enter 2015 with the same trio of quarterbacks that ranked 11th in passing yards and 15th in passer rating in the NFL? Or should they look for an upgrade on the free agent market or in the draft? That’s the question that Tarik El-Bashir and I will discuss on CSNwashington.com a bit later this afternoon.
Cap information from OverTheCap.com and other sources.
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.
DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.
LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.
G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.
T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.
CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.
RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.
Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)
Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.
After separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed has officially been ruled out for the Redskins game in Arizona.
Friday, coach Jay Gruden said Reed doesn't have sufficient range of motion to play against the Cardinals but remains hopeful he'll be healthy for the following game against the Eagles. Reed estimated that range was at about 30 percent Monday.
The decision to sit Reed against the Cardinals comes with little surprise. The 'Skins star tight end did not practice all week, even after having a few extra days to rest after the game last Thursday.
Playing without Reed is obviously a blow to the Washington offense, but No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis has been a strong development for Gruden's team this year. Thursday, Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay said that while losing Reed is a blow to the unit, the team can run almost all of the same plays and sets with Davis that they can with Reed.
"Fortunately you’re in a situation where you feel really good about your tight end in Vernon Davis where he’s playing at an extremely high level in both phases in the run and in the pass game," McVay said.
As good as Davis has been, he's not the dynamic threat Reed presents. In the second half against Dallas — while playing with the injured shoulder — Reed hauled in two touchdowns and played arguably the best football of his career.
On the season Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns despite missing two games earlier this year dealing with a concussion.
Davis has played in all 11 games this season and has 31 catches for 450 yards and two TDs.
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