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Redskins salary cap outlook: Wide receiver

Redskins salary cap outlook: Wide receiver

The Redskins have found their offensive and defensive coordinators and they are ready to get on with the business portion of the offseason. 

The big question between now and the middle of March is how they will divvy up their $62 million in cap space

Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of the Redskins’ options. 

So far we’ve looked at the offensive tackle position and the interior offensive line. Today the focus is on the interior offensive line. 

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The Redskins currently have XX interior O-linemen under contract.

— Josh Doctson, 2017 cap hit $2.3 million, under contract through 2019
— Jamison Crowder, $751,000, through 2018
— Ryan Grant, $743,400, through 2017
— Maurice Harris, $540,000, through 2017

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—Doctson will play two more years before the Redskins will have to decide whether they should exercise the fifth-year option on their 2016 first-round pick. That option is likely to be in the vicinity of $8 million dollars. Doctson doesn’t have to be a superstar for the Redskins to pick it up but he does have to stay on the field.

—Crowder will be in the third year of his rookie deal. He is not eligible for an extension until after this season. Assuming he’s anywhere near as productive this year as he has been the last two he should be a priority for the Redskins.

—Grant was a 2014 draft pick and he is eligible for an extension. However, I doubt that his agent’s phone is ringing. The coaches love his work ethic and his practice habits but they will see if he can be more productive than he has been before talking about keeping him around longer.

—Harris will be an exclusive-rights free agent after this season and a restricted free agent in 2019.

Positional spending

2016: $23.5 million, 2nd in NFL
2017: $7.0 million, 29th in NFL

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Adding and subtracting:
Outside of the Kirk Cousins contract saga, the talk of the town is what will happen with pending free agent receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson. Will they sign one, the other one, both, or neither?

It seems unlikely that they will let both of them get away. With $62 million in cap space they could afford to sign both but doing so would not be good cap management. Both Jackson and Garçon turned 30 last year and both should get three-year deals worth around $8 to $9 million per year. In a vacuum that might not be too bad, especially considering the cap will grow.

But then you must look at Crowder. If they want to extend him in a year it is likely that he will get a deal in the same range as the two veterans, maybe more considering that he will be just 25 years old. Three contracts that size at one position would create a cap squeeze. They certainly don’t want to risk losing Crowder in order to keep both aging receivers around.

The conventional wisdom is that the team will sign Garçon, who is a better fit in terms being Scot McCloughan’s idea of a “football player” than Jackson in terms of leadership and setting an example. While it would be hard to see someone with Jackson’s unique talent go elsewhere, especially if it’s in the division, Garçon seems to be the better fit with team right now.

Here are those scenarios again what I see as the order of likelihood: Garçon only, neither, Jackson only, both.

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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 18, 39 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at next year’s free agents

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens.

Note: I’m not including Brandon Scherff here because the team has a fifth-year option on him that they surely will activate before the May 2 deadline.

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard).

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility.

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon.

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup.

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight.

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019.

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Regarding the reported visit of defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins with the Redskins:


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—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 29
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 131
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 175

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Scandrick, Hankins both visiting with Redskins soon


Scandrick, Hankins both visiting with Redskins soon

The Redskins will be taking visits from two former NFC East foes in the next few days.

Former Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will visit Redskins Park on Monday. Scandrick, 31, has been with Dallas since them made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. He has eight career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

The Cowboys released Scandrick on Friday in a salary cap move. The Redskins would be attracted to Scandrick’s versatility. He can play either side at corner and, of particular interest to the Redskins, in the slot. That is a position of concern for Washington since they traded Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs as part of the deal for quarterback Alex Smith.

The Redskins have been trying to get former Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to sign for the past several days, but they can’t come together on money. Scandrick could be a fallback if they need one.

The other visitor will be former Giants defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins, per John Keim of ESPN. Hankins, 25, was a second-round draft pick and played his first four years in New York. Last year he moved on to the Colts as a free agent. They are changing their defense and decided to release Hankins after paying him $10 million last year.

Hankins could bolster a defensive line that still needs young talent. It’s not known if he would be considered a nose tackle in the Redskins’ scheme. The Giants ran a 4-3 defense and in the Colts’ 3-4 he was used as an end.

The Redskins had former Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in for a visit earlier this week, but he decided to sign with the Packers.


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