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Redskins depth chart preview: Cornerback


Redskins depth chart preview: Cornerback

After a busy free agency period, a draft in which 10 new players were added and the acquisition of 12 undrafted college players, the Redskins look much different than they did last December. So in the coming weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will break down the roster position-by-position as the offseason activities ramp up and depth charts come into focus.

Position: Cornerback.

On the roster: Chris Culliver, DeAngelo Hall, Bashaud Breeland, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, Tevin Mitchel, Justin Rogers and Courtney Bridget Jr.

Likely to make the 53: Culliver, Hall, Breeland, Amerson and someone else.

Comment: The Redskins will likely keep five corners, meaning three of the players currently on the roster won’t make the cut.

The first four aren’t particularly difficult to figure out. Culliver, 26, is new GM Scot McCloughan’s handpicked No. 1. Hall, 31, brings playmaking ability and leadership to a group that needs a veteran’s voice in the meeting room. Of course, he’ll have to show that he’s fully recovered from a twice-torn Achilles, but the early indications are positive. Breeland, 23, showed promise as a rookie and, thanks to a good instincts, toughness and study habits, should continue his upward trajectory. Amerson, meanwhile, slogged through a rough sophomore season, but the hope at Redskins Park is that the 23-year-old will rebound.

Determining the final spot is much more difficult.

Porter, 28, has been a productive player during his seven-season NFL career. But his durability (or lack of it) has been a major problem. Last season, hamstring pulls limited him early and a significant shoulder injury cut his season short after just three games. Releasing Porter would save $2.3 million against the salary cap.

Mitchel, the team’s sixth round pick last weekend, will have ample opportunity to seize a job. A nickel corner at Arkansas last season, Mitchel has good size (6-foot, 190-pounds) and athleticism. "I think with the measurables that he has, there is a role for him," Coach Jay Gruden said recently. "He can run and did some good things at the nickel position."

Battling for a job: Porter and Mitchel.

Comment: If Mitchel squeezes his way onto the roster, he’ll do so at the expense of a veteran.

Porter, because of his injury history and cap hit, would seem to be in the most jeopardy. But Hall’s heath is something to monitor, as well. In February, Hall agreed to restructure his contract, removing $1 million in guarantees from his contract, meaning he’ll need to make the 53 to collect his $4 million salary.

Long shots: Rogers and Bridget Jr.

Comment: Rogers played a handful of snaps in the Redskins’ final three games last season and was re-signed in March. In a four-year NFL career, the 27-year-old has appeared in 42 games, including seven starts, for four teams. Bridget, 24, has intriguing size (6-3, 195) but the undrafted rookie out of Hampton suffered a shoulder injury in training camp last year and missed his rookie season.

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.