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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.


—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.

In case you missed it

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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. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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