Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 15, 44 days before the NFL Draft.
Do the Redskins have any trade bait?
Scot McCloughan is always on the hunt for additional draft picks. Do the Redskins have any players that other teams might be willing to give up picks for? Let’s take a look at a few players who aren't on the block right now but have contracts and roster situations that could allow them to be dealt.
TE Niles Paul—When Paul was injured last year they brought in Derek Carrier, who is a similar player. If Carrier, who suffered a torn ACL in early December, is going to be ready for training the camp Paul could be expendable. He has a $1.25 million salary and the Redskins would have to carry $667,000 in dead cap if they dealt him.
ILB Perry Riley—He has lost his starting job due in part to a foot injury that got Mason Foster into the lineup. There should be some demand for a 28-year-old player who has started for four and a half years. To be sure, his $4 million salary does detract from his trade value but a team in need could pay it. The Redskins would be left with a little over $1 million in dead cap.
WR Pierre Garçon—This seems very unlikely but if a contending team has a training camp injury it’s possible. On the Redskins side of it, they might consider this if they go for a receiver early in the draft and feel that he can be productive as a rookie. Garçon is in the last year of his contract and a team trading for him would be responsible for his $7.6 million salary.
QB Colt McCoy—This is plausible now but it would become more likely next year. A team trading for him in 2016 would be a backup quarterback at a salary of $1 million, what passes for a bargain in this market. But the Redskins would realize no net cap savings after accounting for dead money and they don’t have a backup QB. But next year the Redskins would save $2.4 million in cap space by dealing him and the team picking him up would pay him $2.8 million. If the Redskins have a backup quarterback they developed from the draft ready by then they might listen to offers for McCoy.
—The Redskins last played a game 65 days ago. It will be about 180 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 34; 2016 NFL draft 44; Redskins training camp starts 135
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