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Analyzing the cap numbers of the Redskins' RG3 options

Analyzing the cap numbers of the Redskins' RG3 options

There are a lot of questions and confusion regarding the contractual status of Robert Griffin III for 2015 and beyond. Here is a look at the current situation and some of the options that the Redskins and Griffin will have going forward.

This coming season will be the last of the four-year, $21.1 million contract that was the slotted deal when he came in as the second overall pick in the 2012 draft. Griffin’s 2015 salary will be $3.27 million, fully guaranteed. His salary cap number is $6.72 million, which includes a charge of $3.45 million for the prorated portion of his signing bonus.

As noted, the salary is guaranteed. If the Redskins decided to release Griffin, they would have to pay him that $3.27 million and it would count against the cap. And the money can’t be offset so even if Griffin signed with another team the Redskins would still owe him the entire $3.27 million.

A trade would relieve them of the guaranteed salary. The prorated bonus is $3.45 million will remain on the books as a 2015 cap charge regardless.

Right now it looks like the Griffin will be on the 2015 roster. That means that the Redskins have a decision to make regarding the 2016 option they hold on Griffin’s contract. The fifth-year option must be declared by early May and for a top 10 pick like Griffin it pays a one-year salary equal to the transition tag amount for the player’s position. While that salary can’t be determined right now, it will be in the range of $16 million.

When the option is declared it becomes guaranteed for injury immediately. That obviously is a key consideration with a player like Griffin, who has suffered from two major injuries since entering the league. If the player is healthy, the team can withdraw the option offer up to the start of the league year. If not withdrawn the option becomes guaranteed at that time.

There really isn’t much of a point in getting into the weeds on the technicalities of the option year because it seems highly unlikely that the Redskins will use it on Griffin. The way he has played the last two seasons there is simply no way that he can be considered to be worth $16 million for a season, at least based on what the organization will know in May. Throw in the injury risk and there really isn’t much debate about it.

The Redskins do have some insurance if Griffin turns it around next year and reverts to being the superstar player we saw in 2012. They could give him the franchise or transition tag if they can’t agree on a contract. The franchise salary would cost some $4 million more than the option but they wouldn’t have to declare it until after the 2015 season.

One more thing—the decision to exercise the option has no effect on the 2015 season. Even though the intention to invoke it has to be announced prior to the season, the final year of the contract is not affected. The decision on the option does not have an effect on the ability to use the franchise or transition tags either.

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins woeful run game

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins woeful run game

News broke that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry. Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or the draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 9
—NFL Draft (4/26) 65
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 201