Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 8, 20 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 89 days ago. It will be about 156 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 10; 2016 NFL draft 20; Redskins training camp starts 111
The Redskins made a late bid to try to retain nose tackle Terrance Knighton before the Patriots signed him last week. But a look at the contract that Pot Roast ended up signing with New England indicates it wasn’t a very serious effort to retain his services, at least if money was a significant factor (and it usually is).
When word that Knighton was on the move to Foxboro came out, the top-line numbers reported by the media said that Knighton got a one-year, $4.5 million deal. It appeared that the Redskins were simply substantially outbid as their offer was reported to be much lower.
But the details of the contract came out on Wednesday and, as is usually the case, the deal isn’t quite as sweet as it looked at first.
Terrance Knighton's deal: $900K base. Bonuses: $250K SB, $500K roster, $100K workout, $300K incentives, $2M play-time, $500K Pro Bowl=$4.55M— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 6, 2016
So it’s really a $1.1 million deal with incentives that could add another $3.4 million. According to Overthecap.com the 2016 cap charge is just over $2 million, meaning that only about $900,000 of the bonus money is considered likely to be earned. That means he will have to accomplish things that he didn’t accomplish in 2015 in order to collect.
Assuming that Knighton didn’t turn down more money from the Redskins, it would appear that they didn’t value him enough to at least match New England’s offer. They stuck with their original decision to go in another direction. We will see how it works out.
Fan question of the day
@Rich_TandlerCSN how do I recover from the loss of RB Alfred Morris and the fact that he went to our most hated rival? #NTK— Frank Johnson III (@dafoota) April 6, 2016
I’m not sure if you are in need of some professional therapy, @dafoota. I’m not qualified for that. But I would suggest that before you make an appointment with a shrink you should take a look at Morris’ stats since he had his memorable breakthrough as a rookie.
It’s rare to see such a steep, persistent decline in a player’s rushing stats. Here is the difference in the three major categories from 2012 through 2016.
If you’re concerned that he has gone to Dallas, well, look at the numbers again. Not that he can’t bounce back at the age of 27 but you also have to look at your calendar. It’s 2016. In the free agency era players can and do move from rival to rival. The Redskins did the right thing in letting him walk; it would have been counterproductive to continue to invest in a declining asset.
(Hit me up on Twitter with #NTK @Rich_TandlerCSN or here in the comments to submit a question)
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