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Jansen restructures

Jansen restructures

Although nobody is calling him "The Rock" any more, the longest-tenured current Redskin will be staying around for while longer.

Jon Jansen has agreed to restructure his contract. As most of us know, such a deal generally does not cost the player any money. A payment due to a player is reclassified from one category to another, creating cap space for the team. In this case, Jansen reduced his 2008 salary from almost $5 million to $730,000, the minimum salary for a player with Jansen's tenure. The difference of about $4.25 million was converted into a signing bonus and the cap impact will be spread over the remaining four years of his deal.

The net 2008 cap savings total about $3.2 million. The move leaves the Redskins just about $700,000 over the cap after accounting for the contracts of Mark Brunell and Rock Cartwright, both of which void at the start of free agency.

Jansen missed all of the 2004 season with an Achilles injury and he went out for the 2007 season in the first quarter of the first game with a dislocated ankle. He's been tagged as injury prone and that along with his age (32) had some doubting whether or not the Redskins should bring him back and let Stephon Heyer take over the RT position.

Cutting him was not seriously considered as that would have resulted in a net cap hit of $1.7 million.

From 1999 through 2003, Jansen never missed a game and rarely missed a snap (after doing the same thing the previous four years at Michigan), earning the nickname "The Rock." The injuries have stripped him of that moniker.

The view here is that the injury prone rap is somewhat unfair. An Achilles tear is just a fluke thing and he has fully recovered from that. The injury last year also was just bad luck as the pile rolled over his leg. It's not like he has a bad knee or a bum shoulder or another chronic injury that's likely to cause problems.

Still, it's a performance league and Jansen will have to return to top form if he wants to see the remaining salary dollars from the extension he signed before last season. Jansen's performance since 1999 has gone from solid to just below elite to back to solid. Many offensive linemen maintain that level of play well into the mid-30's and it's certainly possible that Jansen can do just that.

(All salary cap data courtesy of PC's Redskins Salary Cap site.)

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 19, 38 days before the NFL draft.  

Free agency notes and nuggets

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Alex Smith
Backups: Colt McCoy

The only question here is if the Redskins will draft a late-round project quarterback to develop as the backup. McCoy is in the last year of his contract and he may not be back in 2019.

Running back: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, draft pick

This is an area to watch. Thompson could end up being the only carryover if they get a draft pick who can start and decide to keep 2017 late-season addition Kapri Bibbs or if they find another veteran. They also could go with only three running backs.

Wide receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder
Backups: Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

They may not carry six, so Harris, Davis, and Quick might battle it out for two spots. It’s possible that they will put a draft pick into the mix as well.

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

As of right now, this appears to be one of the few position groups you can write in with a Sharpie. If the Redskins are going to be better in 2018, a lot of the improvement will have to come from improvement of 2017 draft picks like Sprinkle. If he can develop into a solid blocker and a moderate receiving threat he will be an asset.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Arie Kouandjio, C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: T Ty Nsekhe, G/T Tyler Catalina, G Kyle Kalis, T T.J. Clemmings

Kouandjio is a placeholder at left guard for the moment. He was solid pass blocking but struggled in run blocking in six starts in injury fill-in duty. I think that if they bring in another interior O-lineman in free agency or in the draft, Roullier will remain at center. I think Jay Gruden likes the way he is developing there and wants to continue.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks.