Salary cap review: Running backs
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, and wide receivers.
Up today, running backs
The Redskins currently have four running backs under contract.
—This is probably one of the few teams in the NFL where the fullback makes more than any of the players who carry the ball. Young’s relatively high salary is due to his experience and the fact that the tailbacks were either late draft picks (Morris 6th round, Thompson 5th) or undrafted (Redd). This is the final year of Young’s contract.
—With three years of NFL experience, Morris is eligible to have his contract extended or otherwise reworked. If he is not extended he will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
—The Redskins control the rights to Thompson and Redd for three more seasons.
—Roy Helu Jr., a fourth-round pick 2011 and the team’s third down back for the last two years, is an unrestricted free agent.
—The Redskins’ spending at running back ranks 23rd in the NFL.
Adding and subtracting
The Redskins could roll right into 2015 with the running backs they have under contract now. That would put Thompson into the role as the third-down back and Redd as the guy who relieves Morris when he needs a break.
If they don’t trust Thompson to be able to pass block they could try to bring back Helu. He’s probably in line for a deal that would pay him about $5 million over three years. Tarik El-Bashir and I will examine whether or not the Redskins should bring Helu back or if they should let him go later this afternoon on CSNwashington.com
There is always the possibility that the Redskins will take a back in the draft. They might not want to count on Thompson, who has a history of being sidelined by injuries.
Cap information from OverTheCap.com and other sources.
We already knew that Ryan Kerrigan will not be playing in the Pro Bowl a week from Sunday.
Now we know why.
The Redskins outside linebacker told ESPN that he had a surgical procedure to “clean up” some issues with his left elbow.
He injured the elbow in a Week 15 game against the Panthers and he wore a brace on it the remaining two games of the season.
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Kerrigan was hoping that rest and rehab would clear up the injury but after a couple of weeks the decision was made to go through with the procedure.
The estimated recovery time is 6-8 weeks, a timetable that would have him ready for full work in plenty of time for that start of offseason workouts in mid-April.
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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.
No. 8 worst play of 2016
Redskins at Cardinals Week 13
5:13 left in Q3, Redskins ball 2nd and 8 at their own 29, Redskins leading 13-10
Kirk Cousins sacked at WAS 36 for -9 yards (Calais Campbell). FUMBLES (Calais Campbell) [Calais Campbell], RECOVERED by ARZ- Markus Golden at WAS 30. Markus Golden to WAS 10 for 20 yards (Chris Thompson).
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Tandler: The Redskins had survived a rocky start and they were in position to take control of the game after the Cardinals missed a long field goal attempt. But the situation turned abruptly when Campbell blew over guard Shawn Lauvao and hit Cousins, sending the ball flying. Golden scooped it up and returned it to the 10. Three plays later Carson Palmer threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. That was the beginning of the end of the Redskins’ chances to get a road win that they desperately had to have.
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Finlay: When the Cowboys opened the game by marching right down the field against the Redskins on Thanksgiving, nobody blinked, as Dallas' offense had been superb all season. When Arizona did the same thing the following week, there was reason for concern. The 'Skins were able to stem the Cards early, and even took a lead, before Campbell bull-rushed his way into the Washington backfield and blasted Cousins. The Cardinals defensive line was hitting Cousins all game, and this play almost seemed inevitable. It would later come out Lauvao was playing through injury, but bigger picture, the Cardinals loss was the first game the 'Skins truly needed and the team couldn't win. The loss dropped Jay Gruden's squad out of a playoff spot, and though the team would eventually inch their way back into contention, in hindsight, losing in Arizona was the first real indicator that the 2016 Redskins would not make the postseason.
10 best plays countdown
10 worst plays countdown
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