Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 19, 9 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 100 days ago. It will be 146 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: 2016 NFL draft 9; Rookie minicamp 24; Redskins training camp starts 100
The five most underpaid Redskins:
Dustin Hopkins (2016 cap hit: $600,000)—I’m not sure that Redskins fans appreciated the value of a good kicker until they signed Hopkins a game into the season. He made kickoffs boring by consistently pounding him through the end zone. The wear and tear saved on the kickoff team alone make him a solid bargain.
Bashaud Breeland ($720,000)—Cornerback is one of the three or four most valuable positions on the field and Breeland is the team’s best corner. He has to play one more season before he would be eligible for a new contract so this year is a big one for him.
Junior Galette ($1.1 million)—It should be noted here that “underpaid” does not necessarily mean that anyone here got lowballed on their contract. Galette took a couple of weeks to look around for a better deal but the market wasn’t there. If he blows up and earns the incentives that will bring his contract up to the maximum of $4.5 million, the Redskins would really be getting a good deal. That would mean that they had a dominant pass rusher at a fraction of market price.
Jordan Reed $1.8 million—Reed has had some escalators from his rookie contract kick in so he is comfortably into seven figures with his contract. But top tight ends will earn in the $8 to $10 million range. Perhaps he and the Redskins will figure out a contract extension for him between now and the start of the season and he can
Preston Smith $1.3 million—Pass rusher is a position of high value and a player coming off of an eight-sack season in part-time duty would make six or seven times as much as Smith. Assuming he performs at least as well as he did last year he will again be well under market value.
Stat of the day
In 2015 the Redskins had 15 drives of 80 yards or longer. They scored touchdowns on all 15. The NFL average per team was 17.7 drives and 16.7 touchdowns.
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