As the Redskins kicked off their 80th anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of the practice bubble, Mike Shanahan said he has 'never been more excited for a season to get started.' As he explained why he felt this way, one would even describe the head coach as jovial. Yes, Mike Shanahan.Those in a attendance saw a few different sides of Mike Shanahan.First, there was 'The Architect.' Since his arrival in Washington, Shanahan has methodically constructed his team, noting that only 15 of the 90 players from 2 years ago remain in Washington. "When you work for for a couple of years and what you are trying to do is get a foundation built and you see the foundation coming togetheryou feel pretty good. It's like building a house, if you build a home and you don't have a foundationyou know it may last for a week, it may last for 6 months, a year, 5 years but eventually that house is going to fall apart. I really believe we have a foundation with our football team, right now, that gives us a chance to have success for a long time."This a far cry from the role his previous role of 'Doctor,' which had Shanahan placing a band-aid over the Redskins holes, especially in regards to the quarterback position. It's no surprise that the foundation the Shanahan spoke of, is Robert Griffin III."With the addition of our quarterback, a franchise quarterback that will be here for the next 15 yearsyou will see in time, its not going to happen over night,we'll have some growing pains but I promise you, he will do things you have never seen quarterbacks do"Then Shanhan, 'The Pupil,' spoke as the coach noted that he arrived at this conclusion, because he had studied RG3, watching him day in and day out. While Griffin has the speed, arm and athletic ability, Shanahan was most impressed in his ability to be a natural leader, the quality Shanahan believes a franchise can be built around. While these statements are nothing new to come out of Redskins Park, it was the fervor, in which the coach said them amongst Redskins greats, which made the words so poignant.Up next was Shanahan, 'The Warrior,' who spoke of the character and work ethic of his current regime,"I promise you-the 90 guys we have now, you want to go to war withwe've hit a few skilled positions that give us a chance to be very very competitive within the NFC East."A squadron created through competition at various positions."As we've gone into this off-season for four full weeks we've had 98 participation. We got a lot of competition at a lot of different positions and as everyone knows when you have competition and people that care, you gotta chance to do something special."Between the 'I promises' and 'I guarantees,' did we also hear from Shanahan 'The Salesman'? Or was it just Shanahan 'The Future Hall of Fame Coach,' speaking? If the coach can deliver on his promises, then he will become Shanahan, 'The Prophet,' to burgundy and gold faithful."You're going to enjoy this season. We're going to be young, but you'll see a different attitude on the field this year then you've seen in a long time."Mike Shanahan could have easily been talking about himself.
The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.
Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.
He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.
Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.
We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.
In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.
When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.
The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year.
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Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).
But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.
His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.
The cap hits on the contract are as follows:
2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million
The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.
The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.