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Redskins have 7 million in cap space left


Redskins have 7 million in cap space left

When the Redskins were hit with a 18 million salary cap penalty for this season (with an equal amount set to hit in 2013), it was reasonable to think that they would go into training camp just barely under the cap. Either that or some high-priced veterans would have to be thrown overboard to keep the ship from sinking. Or perhaps some veteran free agents like London Fletcher would have to be let go.As it turns out, none of the above turned out to be the case. Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are still on the roster despite high cap numbers and reserve status. The Redskins didnt lose Fletcher to another team. And they have more cap room than about half of the teams in the NFL.According to Pro Football Talk, Washington has 6.79 million remaining in cap space. That is more than 15 other NFL teams.The Jaguars have the most cap room with 25.1 million in reserve. On the other end of the scale are the Ravens, who are looking under couch cushions for spare change with only 660,000 in cap space left.What should the Redskins do with their remaining cap space? After signing draft picks Robert Griffin III and Josh LeRibeus, absolutely nothing. You always want to go into a season with a few million in cap space to account for players on injured reserve. And anything that they dont spend this year will be added to their cap next year. That will help mitigate the effects of that 2013 cap penalty.

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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