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Who could be a cap casualty in 2013?

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Who could be a cap casualty in 2013?

Yesterday, we looked at which Redskins players have contracts that expire this season. Today, let's look at a few players who might become free agents due to salaries that are too high for a team that again will have to make things work with an $18 million salary cap penalty.

DeAngelo Hall - He gets a salary bump from $6 million this year to $7.5 million in 2013. Ironically, one of the reasons that the Redskins were slapped with the cap penalty was that they restructured his contract to push all of the cap implications of a $15 million option bonus he was owed into the uncapped 2010 season. This means that the Redskins can release him with two years left on his deal and not have to absorb any dead cap hit. Hall has not played up to the level of his salary this year and unless he is willing to take a substantial pay cut he could find himself a cap casualty.

London Fletcher - It's hard to fathom the Redskins cutting the captain loose but, as they say, it's a business. His 2013 salary is a whopping $5.5 million and, clearly, his productivity is in decline. The Redskins could decide to move on from Fletcher, who will be 38 before next season starts, and make Keenan Robinson the starter. There would be $1.75 million of dead cap if they released him before June 1, leaving net cap savings of $3.75 million.

Santana Moss - He is having a better season than many thought he would but it is hard to see the Redskins paying him $4.15 million next year. Since the 33-year-old is in the last year of his deal the Redskins would still be on the hook for $1.667 million of the signing bonus he got with the contract he signed prior to the 2011 season. That would mean a savings of just under $2.5 million.

Josh Wilson - Depending on how the cornerback market looks in free agency and the draft, the Redskins could decide to start all over again at the position. Wilson has a 2013 salary of $3.9 million in the last year of his deal. There would be $1.33 million in dead cap to deal with so the net savings for releasing Wilson would be about $2.57 million.

Brandon Meriweather - If he can't stay on the field, the Redskins might choose to cut bait on Meriweather who is slated to make $2.45 million next year. With a pre-June release they would have to take $1.5 million of signing bonus as dead cap, resulting in net savings of $950,000.

Reed Doughty - He's a valuable contributor but they might be able to get the same productivity from someone younger (he just turned 30) and cheaper that the $1.15 million he will be due next year.

Who should stay and who should go? Let us know in the comments!

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Sunday was the Redskins' best defensive performance since 1991

Sunday was the Redskins' best defensive performance since 1991

The Redskins were dominant defensively on Sunday night during their 27-10 beatdown of the Oakland Raiders. Historically dominant.

The Raiders gained just 128 yards in four quarters of football. That didn’t set a team record or anything but it was the most dominant the Redskins have been against a quality team in at least the last 57 years.

MORE REDSKINS: FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE BIG WIN

Since the 1970 merger, the Redskins have held their opponent to fewer than 130 yards in a game five times. Here is a quick look at the other four teams:

1972 Eagles (120 yards)—They finished 2-11-1 and averaged 10.4 points per game, dead last among the 26 teams in the league.

1974 Bears (126 yards)—Under Abe Gibron the bears were 4-10 and had an average of 10.9 points per game, 25th of 26 NFL teams.

1991 Eagles (89 yards)—Thanks to a dominant defense this team finished 10-6. Rich Kotite’s boys were OK offensively (18th of 28 in scoring) but not on the day they played at RFK Stadium.

1991 Broncos (128 yards)—Dan Reeves’ team finished 8-8 on the year but they ranked 22nd of 28 teams in scoring.

Of course, we don’t yet know how the Raiders will finish the season in terms of scoring but it’s likely that they will finish in the top half of the NFL in scoring, perhaps even in the top 10. None of those teams had a quintet on offense the equal to Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, and Jared Cook. This was as dominant a performance against a quality offense as the Redskins have had in at least 50 years.

RELATED: SOME AMAZING NUMBERS FROM THE REDSKINS’ WIN

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3:00

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 28
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 34

RELATED: 5 takeaways from Redskins' dominant win over Raiders

Redskins vs. Raiders by the numbers

—The Redskins outgained the Raiders 472 yards to 128. The 344-yard differential was the largest for the Redskins since they had a 385-yard advantage over Bears in 1974.

—The Raiders were 0-11 on third down. It was the first time the Redskins allowed no third-down conversions since a game against Dallas in 2007.

—The Raiders’ 128 yards were the fewest the Redskins have allowed in a game since they also allowed 128 to the Broncos in 1992. This marked the fifth time since the merger that the Redskins have held an opponent to 128 yards or fewer.

—Chris Thompson had 150 yards receiving. That shattered his former personal best of 57 yards in a game. Going back to at least 1960, no Redskins running back has gained more receiving yards in a game.

—Thompson added 31 yards rushing. His 181 yards of offense easily beat the Raiders’ total offense of 128 by itself.

—Josh Doctson's first catch of the season was good for 52 yards and a touchdown. 

—The Redskins now have at least one sack in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFC and the second-longest in the NFL (Bengals, 32).

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