As Jay Gruden and company search for a new defensive coordinator people in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $20 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of the Redskins’ options. Yesterday we looked at the interior offensive line. Up today, offensive tackle
The Redskins currently have two offensive tackles under contract.
—Williams, the Redskins’ lone representative to the Pro Bowl, has the highest cap number on the team. His contract is up after the 2015 season. The Redskins would be wise to negotiate an extension for Williams that will lower his cap number for this season to perhaps the $9-$10 million range. That would give the team some cap space to address other positions of need and lock him up for the rest of the prime seasons of his career.
—Moses is on the second year of his four-year rookie deal.
—Tyler Polumbus, who started the first seven games at right tackle last year, is an unrestricted free agent.
—Tom Compton, who took over at right tackle when Polumbus was benched, is slated to be a restricted free agent.
Adding and subtracting
The Redskins will need to be doing more adding than subtracting at this position. As of right now, Williams is the only tackle who is certain to be available for the offseason program starting in the spring. Moses suffered a Lisfranc injury late in the season and the recovery timetable for that injury extends into the summer.
It seems unlikely that the team will do much to retain Polumbus, who made $2.5 million last year. Although his performance was not as bad as fan’s comments would have you believe, the team can upgrade for the same money they were paying Polumbus or perhaps for less.
Compton was an improvement over Polumbus, although not by leaps and bounds. Assuming they want to keep him around to at least compete to keep his job, the restricted free agent tag is expected to cost around $1.5 million for one year. In the past the Redskins have rarely used the tag, instead signing pending RFA’s to two- or three-year deals with a lower average per season than the tag would bring but with some guaranteed money. Maybe two years, $2 million with $250,000 or so guaranteed would get it done with Compton.
They tried to find a right tackle in free agency last year but they couldn’t get a deal done. The top options on the market this year, Doug Free of the Cowboys and Bryan Bulaga of the Packers, will cost more than Polumbus did, perhaps a lot more, and carry injury questions.
The draft is another option to find a right tackle. A tackle drafted with the Redskins’ first pick, No. 5 overall, would come in with a cap number of around $3.5 million and escalate to some $6 million at the end of the four-year deal. One taken in the second round would initially have a cap number of just under $1 million, climbing to around $1.8 million.
Cap information from OverTheCap.com and other sources.