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Free Agency: Who's left, tight end edition


Free Agency: Who's left, tight end edition

Now that salary cap-gate over, what's next for the Redskins 53-man roster. According to Rich Tandler - and without factoring in potential savings by cutting certain veterans - there is around 3.8 million left to play with, some of which goes toward signing the remaining draft picks. So, what should the Shanahan's do with that remaining coin? Considering the free agent options remaining are your rank and file types, there are few must-have players. Regardless, you never know what happens between now and the start of training camp and the regular season. That is why we're compiling this list of the viable and rainy day options among remaining NFL free agents. So far, we focused on the available offensive tackleline, running back defensive back and wide receiver options. Now, the tight ends.
We all know the deal here - though that doesn't mean you should not read Tandler's depth chartassessment. Barring a failed drug test, Fred Davis is the tight end on the Redskins and a top 10 league-wide option. Depending on his health or the team's salary cap scenario, Chris Cooley is option 1A or a financial casualty. Logan Paulsen is the top blocker, but offers limited upside while the promising Niles Paul tries to change position on the fly. However, shouldthere be a change at the top of the depth chart orthe coaching staff decidemore bodies are needed, here are some of the names the Redskins could be calling on.In order, these candidates could be considered specific replacements for Davis, Cooley, Paulsen or should they want an H-Back option to pair with FB Darrel Young.Jeremy Shockey: I know, I know, adding thebrash former Giants and Saints starmighthave some burgundy and gold supporters feeling rather queasy, fair enough. And yes, the 31-year-old no longer has linebackers and defensive backs shaking in their cleats. Last season while sharing the tight end role with the Panthers, Shockey finished with a career-low 37 receptions, but his 12.3 ypc average ranked as the second best of his career and his four touchdowns were his most since 2006. Going down this path would mean Davis suffered an injury or chose unwisely at thefork in the road.Visanthe Shiancoe: No longer needed in Minnesota with the emergence of Kyle Rudolph (and subsequent signing of John Carlson), the Vikings cut ties with their 31-year-old veteran this offseason. Shiancoe's 2011 stats (36-409)represented his lowest numbers over the past four seasons, but the 6-foot-4, 250 pounder remains a steady option which is why the Cowboys and Jets are rumored to sniffing around as the search for backup options.John Gilmore:The 32-year-old blocker played for the Saints last season, but was with the Bucs under Raheem Morris and current tight end coach Sean McVay.Kris Wilson: The eight-year veteran did theH-Back and special teamer thing for the Ravens last season.Others: Bo Scaife, Reggie Kelly, Donald Lee

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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