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Need to Know: Can the Redskins save cap room using post June 1 cuts?

Need to Know: Can the Redskins save cap room using post June 1 cuts?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 23, 36 days before the NFL Draft.

I’m changing around the Need to Know format a bit. There may be some more tweaks in the coming days and weeks; your comments are welcome.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 73 days ago. It will be about 172 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 26; 2016 NFL draft 36; Redskins training camp starts 127

Hot topic

I was on the radio in Cleveland yesterday and the topic, of course, was Robert Griffin III. The host asked me to do a word association with the phrase “RG3 to the Browns”. My answer was that it would be a mistake for both of them.

From the Browns’ perspective, they won’t be able to keep Griffin happy, especially if they plan on drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 pick next month. Josh McCown is already there to serve as the placeholder until the rookie is ready. What would his role be?

From Griffin’s perspective, aside from the potential logjam at quarterback, he needs to consider that Cleveland is not a very talented team. They lost two of their best offensive linemen, C Alex Mack and T Mitchell Schwartz, in free agency. They don’t have much of a rushing attack. It will be hard enough for him to succeed under ideal conditions and the Browns are far from ideal.

Update: Looks like this might happen. We'll see if it works out.

Fan question of the day

Today’s question is from Oswizard in the Real Redskins comment section.

Well, not really. If they cut Andre Roberts now they would save his $4 million salary but they would incur a 2016 dead cap charge of $2 million for the prorated portion of his signing bonus. That would lead to net cap savings of $2 million.

If they wait until after June 1 (or release him now with a post-June 1 designation) they would have only $1 million in 2016 dead cap to account for so they would see savings this year of $3 million.

However, that $1 million doesn’t just go away. It would be charged as dead cap in 2017, giving the Redskins a million bucks less to spend next year.

So, they don’t really save anything, the account just shifts some of the money charged from one year to another. If it was a large amount of money and/or the Redskins were strapped for cap space it might be a good idea. But in this case it would be better to just account for all of the money this year and start of 2017 with the books as clean as possible.

Stat of the day

71—The number of mixed extra points in the NFL last year after the snap was moved back from the two yard line to the 15. That is more missed extra points than in the previous seven seasons combined.

On Tuesday the NFL owners voted to make the rule, which was being tried out last year, permanent.

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Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency to find a team that will give him plenty of snaps, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Galette's contract will expire once the 2017 regular season ends, and while the 29-year-old pass rush specialist appreciates the Redskins organization and fans, he wants to play. 

After suffering season-ending Achilles injuries in 2015 and 2016, Galette has stayed healthy throughout the 2017 season. 

Still, he hasn't been on the field much.

Ryan Kerrigan leads the Redskins with 358 snaps in pass rush situations, and Preston Smith ranks second with 297, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Galette has played only 197 snaps this season in pass rush situations. 

For comparison, rookie Jonathan Allen logged 112 snaps in pass rush situations. Allen played in just five games before heading to the injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury. Galette has played in all 13 Redskins games this year, and hasn't appeared on the injury report once. 

Compounding the issue, Galette has been effective when on the field. 

Pro Football Focus rated him the third best defender on the Redskins this season, behind only Kerrigan and cornerback Kendall Fuller. 

As Rich Tandler noted, there will be a market for Galette. All NFL teams need pass rushers, and it appears Galette still has plenty left after his two-year layoff. Remember, in 2013 and 2014 Galette had 22 sacks for the New Orleans Saints.  This season, he has two sacks. 

The Redskins deserve credit for sticking with Galette after two lost seasons, though Galette deserves credit too for working back from not one but two Achilles injuries. 

Washington's coaches and front office speak highly of Galette, and there haven't been off field issues. For whatever reason, the playing time just hasn't been there. 

Looks like that will change next year. 

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

Of course this was going to happen. 

The moment it became known that Robert Griffin III was going to be on ESPN's shows for a few appearances this week, you knew he was going to be asked about Kirk Cousins at some point.

And, surely enough, come Wednesday afternoon, the stars aligned and the question was asked on NFL Live: Where, in Griffin's opinion, was the best place for Cousins to land this offseason?

"I think it depends on what he's trying to do," Griffin began.

"If he's trying to make the most money, he goes to Cleveland," he said. "If he's trying to be in the best situation, he goes to one of these teams that have a great defense that isn't gonna put it all on his shoulders."

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Don't worry, he doesn't stop there. In fact, he saved the good stuff for the latter half of his answer.

"He's had it all on his shoulders in Washington, and we've seen the result," Cousins' draft classmate continued. "But if he's got a great defense like, say, Denver, say, Jacksonville, it makes it easier for him as a quarterback. Whereas in Cleveland, he's gonna have to go in and he's gonna have to do more of the workload."

So, the Browns, Broncos and Jaguars are among the teams Griffin considers options for Cousins. But, uh, what about the one he's on right now?

"I don't think it's Washington, just because of, you've seen what's been going on," he said. "Do they want him there? Does he want to be there?"

This isn't to say that the former rookie of the year doesn't bring up valid points; Cousins has had to play with below-average defenses for much of his career in D.C. and the franchise hasn't exactly shown a ton of admiration for him.

But nevertheless, it was interesting to see Griffin declare wish such confidence that his old backup needs to bolt from the Redskins and head elsewhere.

And thus concludes another chapter of the Griffin-Cousins-Redskins saga. You can leave your comments about how you don't care about it below, even though you made the choice to click on the story in the first place.