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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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Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan spoke to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco about the loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl and how the Falcons will rebound in 2017. 

In the process, he took a shot at former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's play-calling and put some of the blame on his style of coaching for the disastrous fourth quarter.

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in," Ryan said. "As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

Those are some harsh words from Ryan and not exactly a ringing endorsement of Kyle Shanahan. This loss will surely haunt him should he never get back to another Super Bowl.

"There's always going to be a little sting," Ryan said. "You never lose that. Hopefully we've got four Super Bowl victories after this one, but that doesn't mean we won't still be like, 'Damn, let's talk about the other one we should've had."

Redskins fans may be able to relate to Matt Ryan's pain as some were vocal about Kyle Shanahan's play-calling during his time in Washington. Maybe Kirk Cousins takes notice of Ryan's comments as well before he considers San Francisco next off-season.

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Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Redskins running backs over-under

The Redskins’ running backs depth chart looks quite different from how it did a year ago. Rob Kelley, who was “ninth-string” back last year per Jay Gruden, is the starter. Samaje Perine enters the mix with expectations that exceed those normally assigned to a fourth-round pick. Chris Thompson is the constant as the third-down back. What kind of numbers will they put up this year? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins running back stats. 

Rob Kelley, 1,000 rushing yards

Tandler: If you project Kelley’s production in the nine games he started over 16 games it comes to about 1,050 yards. He had his ups and downs in those nine starts and he will have them this year. But he should have enough ups to be able to average the 62.5 yards per game needed to hit the thousand-yard mark. Over

Finlay: Unlike wide receivers, where 25 guys broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2016, it's getting harder and harder for a running back to hit four-figures. In 2016, only 12 RBs ran for more than 1,000 yards, and only eight got over 1,100 yards. As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, less backs are getting the carries sufficient for a 1,000 yard season. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Alfred Morris in 2014. While I think Kelley gets the bulk of the yardage, I think it caps out about 900 yards and Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine creep into the total. Under

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Kelley, 10 rushing touchdowns

Tandler: He scored six as the starter last year and doing the math that comes to 11 over 16 games. But last year there wasn’t a player like Perine, who could come into the game and vulture some touchdowns after Kelley did the work to get the ball in goal to go position. Under

Finlay: Sorry to keep going back to stats, but last year only seven running backs got to 10 TDs or more. Only seven! Hard to see Kelley getting there on a team that didn't run all that much, or all that well either, in 2016. Under

Samaje Perine, 500 rushing yards

Tandler: It tough to set a line for a guy who hasn’t played. I’ll go off Matt Jones’ 2015 rookie season when he gained 490 yards while sharing time with Alfred Morris. If Perine averages four yards per carry, which is not hard to do, he’ll need about eight carries per game to get to 500. It’s close but if Kelley is effective, as I believe he will be, Perine might not get enough carries to have a chance. Under

Finlay: Tandler's Matt Jones comp pretty much works for Perine, but Jones had explosive speed that Perine doesn't have. A better comp for me was Derrick Henry last year as a rookie with the Titans. DeMarco Murray was established as the top dog, and Henry worked for a productive 490 yards. Under

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Chris Thompson, 60 pass receptions

Tandler: His role is beyond just third down. If the Redskins are behind in the fourth quarter, Thompson is usually in there to try to help spark a rally. Along with TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder, Thompson will benefit from Kirk Cousins’ familiarity with him. Over

Finlay: Thompson should be a strong contributor in 2017, but 60 catches is a lot for a running back. Only David Johnson (80) and Le'Veon Bell (75) went over that number in 2016, while James White had exactly 60 catches. Thompson grabbed 49 balls in 2016, an impressive total. I could actually see Thompson getting a bigger percentage increase in carries, he had 68 rushes last season with a very solid 5.2 YPC, than catches. Under

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