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Redskins will have 11 key players going into the final year of their contracts

Redskins will have 11 key players going into the final year of their contracts

With all the talk of the one-year contracts the Redskins have been handing out lately, here is a look at the Redskins who are slated to be unrestricted free agents in 2018.

We’ll divide them into three categories with the caveat that a lot could happen to change this outlook between now and early March of 2018. One will be core players and others the Redskins are likely to want to re-sign next year. Then there are players who are likely to on the roster this year but the Redskins might want to let walk in 2018. The third category is players who are on the bubble for making the roster this year.

Core players (11)

  • RB Chris Thompson
  • ILB Will Compton
  • ILB Mason Foster
  • ILB Zach Brown
  • WR Terrelle Pryor
  • QB Kirk Cousins
  • K Dustin Hopkins
  • OLB Trent Murphy
  • OT Morgan Moses
  • C Spencer Long
  • CB Bashaud Breeland

The key player here, of course, is Cousins. If he is around it will either be on a tag that will cost from $28-$34 million or on a long-term contract that could take up about $15-$20 million in cap space. In either case a deal would squeeze their ability to pay some of the other players.

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The draft is likely to have an affect here. One or two of the inside linebackers could be removed from the “core” list if the Redskins take one early in the draft. A wide receiver taken in the first two days of the draft could make Pryor a lower priority.

The Redskins could reduce the number of names on this list prior to 2018. They have until July 15 to get a long-term deal done with Cousins. Thompson and Compton have not signed their restricted free agent tenders and they could negotiate multiyear contracts rather than playing on their one-year tenders. Murphy, Moses, Long, and Breeland were drafted in 2014 and they are now eligible to get their deals redone.

2018 bubble (7)

  • OLB Junior Galette
  • G Shawn Lauvao
  • WR Brian Quick
  • TE Niles Paul
  • DB Will Blackmon
  • DB DeAngelo Hall
  • WR Ryan Grant

There are a few of sub-groups in this category. Galette and Paul must demonstrate that they can stay healthy and could be 2018 core players if they do. Quick and Grant have not produced much in their careers and the Redskins might want to move on if their careers don’t start to blossom. Hall, Blackmon and Lauvao will all be over 30 and the team may want to go younger and cheaper.

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2017 bubble (6)

  • NT Phil Taylor
  • TE Derek Carrier
  • LB Chris Carter
  • CB Tharold Simon
  • S Josh Evans
  • OL Vinston Painter

This list pretty much explains itself. These are players who will have to battle hard to avoid being free agents after the Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Salary cap space

How much money will the Redskins have to work with? With so many free agents they will have a lot of cap space. With the contracts they have as of this moment they are about $67 million under the projected $178 million cap. The only major addition that we know will happen here is the salaries of their 2017 draft picks. Depending on how many of their 10 picks they keep that will add about $5-$7 million to their expenditures. Barring contract extensions to veterans they should go into 2018 with roughly $60 million in cap space.

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Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

During a chat on the #RedskinsTalk podcast last month, Washington's running back coach Randy Jordan clued in CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay about the way he teaches his players and the things he wants to see from them.

Now, though, thanks to an exclusive Redskins Nation video, you have a chance to truly watch and listen to how Jordan and his students approach their on-field work.

In this all-access Mic'd Up segment (which was filmed at minicamp and which you can watch in the player above), you'll see the assistant encourage Samaje Perine, correct Matt Jones and compliment Rob Kelley. You'll also hear every grunt, bump and cut, an important ingredient that these types of packages must have.

It's clear from the footage that Jordan cares about the details. Now, don't blow this assignment, and go check out the video above.

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Special thanks to Redskins Nation for the video.

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

Three weeks from right now, Kirk Cousins will either have a new long-term deal or he will be playing on the tag. Which will it be?

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