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Releases, restructures may follow Jackson contract with Redskins

Releases, restructures may follow Jackson contract with Redskins

Now that we know that the top-line numbers on DeSean Jackson’s contract we know that they are going to have some work to do on their salary cap.

When I posted about how the Redskins might structure a Jackson contract a few days ago, I looked to the six-year, $54 million deal that Jairus Byrd got from the Saints. They managed to fit that contract in with a structure that led to a 2014 salary cap hit of $3.5 million.

Jackson’s deal is for less money (3 years, $24 million) but the term is shorter so that makes it harder to shrink that first-year cap hit into something that will fit under the team’s remaining cap space of about $6.3 million. The team needs some reserve cap space going into the season to handle players on injured reserve, pay the practice squad, and pay injury settlements. Since they don’t have a first-round pick they will only need around $500,000 in cap space to sign their draft class.

If they do need to create some cap room there are two main targets. One is defensive end Stephen Bowen. He is recovering from microfracture surgery and he has a $4.4 million salary and a $7 million cap number. They could release him, creating a dead cap charge of $5 million and net cap savings of just under $2 million. If they designated him as a June 1 cut, they would save about $4.5 million this year and dump $2.5 million in dead money into the 2014 cap.

If it looks like Bowen will be able to play this year but perhaps not at a level that justifies his salary, perhaps they could negotiate a reduction in pay. A move like that would not create any dead cap and would lead to dollar for dollar cap savings. If, say, they cut his salary in half and give him some unlikely to be earned incentives his cap number would drop by $2.2 million.

Another option would be to restructure a contract or two. Pierre Garçon would be a prime candidate fro a simple restructure. They could take all but $730,000 (the minimum for a player with Garçon’s experience) of his $7.1 million salary plus his $400,000 in combined workout and roster bonuses and convert that into signing bonus. They could the spread that salary over the remaining three years of his contract. When you crunch the numbers that would save about $4.5 million against this year’s cap.

There is no hurry to make a move. Player salaries don’t become real until they are on the roster for the first game of the season so they have time to see what develops.

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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Redskins got themselves aa steal in Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the No. 17 overall pick.

On Friday, the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, and the Redskins head into the second day with two picks at their disposal.

The Redskins will select No. 49 overall (2nd-17) and No. 81 overall (3rd-17) unless they make a draft day trade.

Will the Redskins make a trade? Who are the best available players in the second and third round? 

The CSN NFL Draft Second Round Live Blog has you covered.


What: 2017 NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3
When: Friday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App


Lets head to the Live blog (Click here for First Round Live Blog):


5:27 PM - As more information about CB Gareon Conley taking a polygraph has come out, so too have questions about the legality of it. 

4:50 PM - Rich Tandler narrowed down the Redskins' second and third-round NFL Draft choices to just five guys. Here they are. 

4:45 PM - This list will be important today. Who are the best available players the Redskins could think about drafting in the second round?

4:30 PM - We wrote about this, but this graphic is worth looking at again. And again. And again.

4:20 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

4:05 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

4:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

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Redskins now have three of the top 12 players from the 2013 Rivals recruiting class

Redskins now have three of the top 12 players from the 2013 Rivals recruiting class

If you're trying to predict who the Redskins are going to take next in the 2017 NFL Draft, you may want to put some money down on Alvin Kamara.

That's because Washington is apparently trying to assemble as much talent as possible from the 2013 Rivals Top 100 recruiting class. After taking Jonathan Allen in Round 1 of the event, the Redskins are now home to three of the top 12 players from that list:

Allen joins Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller on a defense that is starting to collect some serious young players. And while many members of the 2013 Top 100 class have already been drafted this year or in previous years, Kamara, a running back out of Tennessee who was No. 45, is still available. Could he be the next 2013 prospect to land with the Burgundy and Gold?