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How much cap space do the Redskins need to sign their draft picks?

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How much cap space do the Redskins need to sign their draft picks?

According to the NFLPA, the Redskins have a little under $7 million in salary cap space remaining. They are better off than some teams; seven have less than $5 million left. But with some needs they have yet to fill they are in worse shape than many others as 11 teams have more than twice as much cap space as Washington.

The Redskins are not done adding players. They want to sign some more free agents and seven weeks from today they will start participating in the NFL draft. Their top pick is No. 34 overall and they have their own pick in every round other than the first for a total of six picks.

How much of the remaining cap space will the Redskins need to spend on signing their draft picks? Thanks to the rookie pay scale system and the rule of 51, not much.

Most have become familiar with the draft pick pay system, which came into existence with the 2011 CBA. Rookies are paid according to where they are drafted. It’s not a strict slotting system and there is some negotiation over some terms of the contracts but basically the signing bonus and salaries are set and the contracts are all four years long.

That system both keeps the cost of the contracts relatively low and allows team capologists to know right now how much the rookie deals will cost against the cap for the next four years. The Redskins have six picks in the draft. Here is the first-year cap number for each of their picks.

From the beginning of the league year (the day free agency starts) through the final cuts before the start of the regular season, only a team’s top 51 cap numbers count against the salary cap. That is how a team is able to carry 90 players on its offseason and training camp roster at a minimum salary of $405,000 and still stay under the cap.So, the Redskins are going to need just about $3.5 million is cap space set aside to sign their draft picks, right? No they won’t, thanks to the rule of 51.

When a team signs a player to a contract with a cap hit that puts it in the top 51 on the team, the player with cap hit number 51 is knocked out off of the cap number.

For example, Brandon Meriweather just signed a contract that counted $1 million against the 2014 cap. When his contract was added, the contract of Kai Forbath, which carries a cap hit of $570,000 became No. 52 on the list and was removed from the cap calculation. So, signing Meriweather added just $430,000 to the Redskins cap total, his $1 million added into the cap calculation minus Forbath’s $570,000.

The cap numbers for the players drafted in rounds 4 through seven have cap numbers of less than $570,000 so when they sign it will have no effect on the available cap space since their contracts will fall outside of the top 51.

When the third-round pick signs his deal, the Redskins will subtract just $24,534 from their cap space. His $594,534 cap hit will push a player making $570,000 out of the top 51. And the second-rounder will cost $431,209 in cap space ($1,001,209 minus $570,000 for the contract knocked out of the top 51).

So if you add up what the top two picks will cost, as of now the Redskins will have to set aside about $456,000 in cap space to sign their draft picks.

That could change some if they sign some other free agents between now and when they sign their draft picks. If they move around in the draft and get some extra picks or end up with fewer picks, that will change the calculation as well. But the changes will be in the tens of thousands of dollars, almost insignificant when compared to the $133 million salary cap.

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 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.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 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.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199