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Under pressure in 2016: Redskins G Shawn Lauvao


Under pressure in 2016: Redskins G Shawn Lauvao

In the coming weeks, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir will take a close look at Redskins who struggled to carve out a steady role, underperformed or landed on injured reserve in 2015 and, as a result, need a strong offseason to lock down a job in 2016. Up today …

Player: Shawn Lauvao

Position: Guard

Age: 28

2016 cap hit: $5 million

Stats: 3 games, 1 sack allowed, 2 penalties

Comment: After an unremarkable first season in Washington, Lauvao had begun to hit his stride as the team’s starting left guard in 2015. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder had become a particularly effective run blocker under Bill Callahan, and the Redskins’ ground attack thrived in Weeks 1 and 2.   

Then he suffered a significant left ankle injury on the second series against the Giants in Week 3.The injury ended Lauvao’s season and it dealt the run game a serious blow.

Spencer Long stepped in for Lauvao and ended up starting the final 13 regular season games and the playoff loss to the Packers. A third round draft pick in 2014, Long got off to a sluggish start but had made significant strides by season’s end. Long allowed only one sack all season and was the only Redskins’ O-lineman to not take a penalty.

Lauvao, meantime, spent the latter part of the season recovering from multiple surgeries. On Jan. 11, in fact, he revealed that he decided to have an old injury to his right foot cleaned up while he recovered from the procedure on his left ankle. In all, Lauvao, who got around with the assistance of a scooter, said he underwent five procedures, including two major surgeries.

Lauvao said he hopes to be ready by the OTAs but acknowledged that his recovery could realistically take as long as six months. He’s still the Redskins’ most experienced guard and he was having a solid season prior to getting hurt. But he’s not healthy and it’s unclear when he’ll return to full strength. Which could make him vulnerable if he’s unable to prove in the coming months that he’s able to his previous form. He’s due to count $5 million against the cap, and the team could save $3 million if he’s cut.    

Could there be a scenario where Long slides over to center and Lauvao returns to left guard? Perhaps. But a few things would need to fall into place…including Lauvao returning to 100-percent and showing that he’s able to play at a high level.

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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