The Redskins have quarterback Kirk Cousins working under the franchise tag this year for a salary of just under $20 million. If they are going to be successful in the NFL’s salary cap era they need to have some veteran contributors who are working under team-friendly deals. The team brought back inside linebacker Mason Foster under just such a contract.
Foster, entering his sixth NFL season, signed a two-year deal that is worth $2.5 million with a $350,000 signing bonus. He joined the Redskins during the season last year after having been cut by the Bears. After Perry Riley suffered a broken foot, Foster started the last six games of the season and played well. As a result they brought Foster back to be the starter and Riley may now be facing the Wally Pipp role as he has an uncertain future with the team
His base salary this year will be $925,000 and his cap hit sits at $1.1 million. In 2017 he gets a raise in his salary up to $1.225 million and the cap hit goes up to $1.4 million.
Foster’s contract not only gives the Redskins some cap room (Riley, who could be released, has a $5 million cap number) but he gives them flexibility. Should the Redskins find an inside linebacker they like in the draft they wouldn’t have to be concerned with having an expensive starter blocking the draft pick’s development. They could have a true position competition and if Foster ends up being a reserve his cap number still is reasonable.