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NFL contract expert lays out the roadmap to Redskins finding much-needed salary cap relief

NFL contract expert lays out the roadmap to Redskins finding much-needed salary cap relief

Alex Smith's contract is going to take up a $20 million chunk of the Redskins' salary cap this offseason, and there's not much the team can do about it, either.

"You just have to bite the bullet," ex-NFL agent and cap expert Joel Corry said while on Redskins Talk at the Combine.

Currently, Washington has just $17 million freed up to spend on free agents and draft picks. That's a lot of money in a lot of areas of life, but when it comes to pro football, that's a tiny budget.

However, Corry explained in his interview how Washington can "get to $35, $40 [million]" by making a bunch of moves with their own players.

Here are the precise steps he laid out that could create that much-needed breathing room for the Burgundy and Gold.

Players to cut

Zach Brown: The linebacker signed a three-year contract last year but wasn't nearly as productive in his second season as a Redskin as he was in his first. Letting him go would give the 'Skins $5.75 million more to use.

Stacy McGee: McGee only played eight games in 2018 and Washington's defensive line is now its best unit thanks to its younger talent. If they were to drop McGee, they'd save $2.275 million. 

Possible restructuring

The savings above are something the franchise has total control over. Restructuring, on the other hand, requires the players to cooperate. With that being said, Corry sees the following as viable options:

Vernon Davis: A "35-year-old high-priced tight end is a little bit of a luxury," Corry said. "Try to get him to take a pay cut."

Changing up Davis' contract could provide a few million more to work with. And if you have to just part ways, that's $5 million in savings.

Ryan Kerrigan or Trent Williams: Corry suggests approaching both of these well-established veterans, but not for a pay cut. Instead, he'd advise the Redskins to convert their salary to signing bonus.

Doing that with one or the other would open up roughly $5 million.

Josh Norman: Here's one that Corry acknowledges is unlikely but still worth investigating. Norman will make $14.5 million in 2019; would he be willing to accept a little less?

Contract extension

Brandon Scherff: "There's one more way you can get cap room," Corry said, before bringing up the idea of extending the 2015 first-round pick. 

"The longer you wait to sign a Pro Bowl caliber player," he continued, "it's going to cost you more in the long run. You can conceivably, depending upon how you structure, pick up $7, $7.5 million doing that. You're going to chop the base salary down, make it a signing bonus. You can pick up significant cap room."

Add it all up and...

So, let's say Brown and McGee are released, Davis restructures, Kerrigan or Williams does the same and Scherff gets extended. If those happen, the 'Skins would find themselves with roughly an additional $23 million, which gets them up to the $40 million Corry referenced. 

That would go up, too, if Davis is cut or Norman accepts a pay cut. 

The lesson is: The situation looks dire now, but it can be improved. Their wallets should be a bit thicker, and could be a lot thicker, by the team free agency rolls around. 

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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them. 
 

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Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Redskins (3-9) take a two-game winning streak to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-3).

The game will serve as a reunion for a couple of former Redskins. First-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Redskins' quarterbacks coach from 2010-2013, and linebacker Preston Smith spent the first four seasons of his career in Washington before joining Green Bay this year.

LaFleur has led the Packers to a 9-3 record, including a 31-13 rout of the New York Giants last week, and Smith leads one of the league's top defenses in sacks. The Redskins took down the underperforming Carolina Panthers 29-21 last week thanks to a dominant performance from Derrius Guice.

The Packers lead the all-time series 20-16-1, however, the Redskins have won the last two matchups, both of which were played at home. Washington's last win in Green Bay came in October 1988.

Here's everything you need to know about their Week 14 matchup:

REDSKINS at PACKERS WEEK 14

Who: Washington Redskins (3-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-3)

What: Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV, Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: Packers, -12.5

Over/Under: 42

Weather: 40 degrees, mostly cloudy

REDSKINS at PACKERS TV SCHEDULE:

8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 14

10:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

11:00 a.m.: Redskins Coaches Show

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Nation

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 

REDSKINS 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 31-15)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 9-0)

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (L, 19-9)

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m. (L, 24-9)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 34-17)

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m. (W, 19-16)

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m. (W, 29-21)

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.

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