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Redskins will have ample salary cap room this year

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Redskins will have ample salary cap room this year

For the first time since 2009, the Redskins will experience a normal offseason when it comes to free agency and the salary cap.

In 2010, free agency was altered due to the end of the collective bargaining agreement. There was no salary cap but players could not become free agents until they had completed six years of service. The next year the players were locked out for the spring and most of the summer so free agency and training camp started almost simultaneously in late July.

Every team in the NFL had to deal with those obstacles. But on the eve of the start of the free agency period in 2012, the NFL slapped a $36 million salary cap penalty on the Redskins for treating the uncapped like it was, well, really uncapped. That penalty was split between the 2012 and 2013 seasons at $18 million per season.

With the penalty gone and the regular free agency system in place, the 3-13 Redskins have a good opportunity to add some talent and to start getting things moving in the right direction.

How much cap room will they have to work with? After looking at some official and unofficial sources for cap information, the estimate is that the Redskins will have approximately $28.6 million in cap space to work with in 2013.

A few caveats are necessary here. This estimate is based on a 2014 NFL cap of $127.5 million per team. That is slightly higher than the official estimate of $126.3 million but some reliable reports have said it will be at the higher number. The number will not be finalized until a week or so prior to the start of free agency on March 11.

In addition, not all of the details of the individual player contracts that make up the cap number are known. Some salary escalators may kick in that boost a player’s 2014 compensation and incentives that were earned or not earned in 2013 could hit the 2014 cap. In addition, some adjustments to contracts that were made when the team did some renegotiations and restructures to squeeze more cap room last year may not be reflected in the calculations. None of these factors are likely cause major changes in the cap space available but they are reasons to look at this as an estimate.

How much cap space is $28.6 million in relation to other NFL teams’ spending room? There are four teams with substantially more room than the Redskins—the Raiders ($62.5 million), Jaguars ($55.9 million), Browns ($46.3 million) and Colts ($35.1 million). Three other teams, the Packers, Dolphins, and Bills, have right around the same amount of space as the Redskins. That puts them in the top 25 percent of the league in terms of cap space. After spending the last two years asking players to take pay cuts and scrounging for every cap dollar they could find that is a welcome change at Redskins Park.

The Redskins have the ability to create more salary cap room by releasing some veteran players who don’t have the production to justify their salary cap numbers. Who might they release? We will look at that over the coming week as we break down the cap picture position by position.

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Report: One more potential defensive coordinator is off the market for the Redskins

Report: One more potential defensive coordinator is off the market for the Redskins

Well it looks like the name many considered to be the Redskins top choice at defensive coordinator is off the market. Adam Schefter broke the news of Gus Bradley to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Redskins interviewed Bradley early in their process of selecting a new defensive coordinator. His latest gig ended poorly after he was fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Bradley's best success came as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks.

When he served in that role with Seattle, Bradley worked with Scot McCloughan. And prior to his coaching stint in Seattle, Bradley coached in Tampa, where he worked with both Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden.

Those connections, and his success in Seattle, had many fans hoping Bradley would take over for Joe Barry, who Washington dismissed more than two weeks ago.

The connection between Bradley and the Chargers comes as no surprise, and it leaves    Washington still in need of a defensive boss.

Mike Pettine probably jumps to the top of the ranks of other coaches the Redskins have interviewed, but it still seems internal candidate Greg Manusky could be in position to move up to coordinator. Manusky spent the 2016 season as outside linebackers coach and has prior coordinator experience.

The Skins have also interviewed Dennis Thurman, last of Buffalo, Jason Tarver, last of San Francisco, Rob Ryan, also last in Buffalo, and John Pagano, last with the Chargers.

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Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff. 

First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.

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The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many. 

If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading. 

Stay tuned to CSNmidatlantic.com for the latest. 

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