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The Redskins have no real options to deal with Alex Smith's 2019 salary

The Redskins have no real options to deal with Alex Smith's 2019 salary

The Redskins face a significant hurdle for 2019 as quarterback Alex Smith will carry a $20 million charge on their salary cap, regardless if he plays a single snap or not. 

Many fans think the team should have some recourse to get the money off the cap, as a recent report stated the Redskins are preparing for next season as Smith won't be on the field. 

News flash: That won't happen. 

There is no NFL bailout coming for Washington to get out of the remaining cash on Smith's contract, either in 2019 or 2020. NFL deals center on guaranteed money, and the definition of guaranteed is that it happens no matter what. 

Perhaps there are contract mechanisms that could spread out the money, but until the 'Skins know that Smith definitively will not ever come back from the broken leg sustained last November, don't expect that to happen either.

Yes, some veterans will restructure their contracts to add years on the back end of a deal to spread out the guaranteed money. But Smith's situation hardly seems like the type where either party would add years to the back end of his deal. 

Some fans wonder if the 'Skins could do a true salary dump trade, similar to what Houston did with Brock Osweiler a few years back. The Texans sent Osweiler and his $16 million salary to Cleveland, but it required throwing in a second-round pick as well.

Salary dump trades happen all the time in other sports, but rarely in the NFL. Draft picks are much more important in a league with 53-man rosters, and cap space is more precious. 

For the Redskins to dump Smith's salary via trade, first they would have to find a willing partner that would have space for his contract the next two seasons. That requires a team in an extreme rebuild mode, and it's hard to see a team in that situation.

Also, what would the compensation be from Washington? At least a first-round pick, and probably more. When Houston dumped Osweiler, it was only a one-year deal worth $16 million, and moving that meant giving up a 2nd-rounder. Smith has at least two years left and more than $50 million due!

There is a nuclear option. 

The Redskins could cut Smith now, take a massive cap hit this season and then move on in 2020. Don't expect that though.

Redskins team president Bruce Allen told reporters last week at the Senior Bowl that he believes his club is close to competing on a high level in the NFL. Eat $50 million on the cap, and this team won't compete in 2019. In 2018, the Redskins were in first place of the NFC East more than halfway through the year, and FedEx Field still wasn't full. What will the stands look like if the team can't even fill out their roster due to a crazy salary cap hit?

Face the facts Skins fans. A bailout isn't coming. A trade seems highly unlikely. They won't flip the nuclear switch. 

Smith will likely sit out 2019, and the team and quarterback will reconvene for the 2020 season. 

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A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

Dwayne Haskins learned a lot in his first go-round in the NFL, including just how much work is required to be a successful starting QB and how intense a typical season with the Redskins can be.

He also was exposed to the dark reality of taxes for the first time, which are far scarier than even the most devastating opposing pass rush.

In a video for GQ Sports and their "My First Million" series, Haskins discussed how he, well, spent his first million dollars as a pro. It's an epic tale, one filled with wild stories and useful lessons — including the following relatable take.

"Taxes are no joke, bro," he said.

The biggest choice the first-rounder made for himself was to pick out a custom-made Bentley that cost him $250,000. He loves it and calls it "my baby" and the "Batmobile." He's also now out of the vehicle-purchasing game for a while because of it.

"I'm not buying no more cars," Haskins said. "Not a very great investment to buy cars."

Next up for the passer was to take care of his mom, so he paid for a house that totaled about $750,000. 

"Being able to just, 'Hey mom, I've got a surprise for you, here's a house,'" Haskins recalled. "Definitely made those 14-plus years of hard work worth it."

So, that's all, right? Those two items add up to a million, so we're done here? 

Well, the house isn't technically for Haskins, so therefore, it doesn't take up room on his ledger. So the story continued.

The 22-year-old committed about $70,000 to jewelry and has about $5,000 to $7,000 set aside for a vacation to the Bahamas he's got planned for next month. He also has an estimated $10,000 in murals at his place and spent about $40,000 on clothes, including some suits to wear on game day and to events.

Then, there was a rookie dinner, where he had to treat his offensive linemen to a meal. Those guys didn't go the salad route, either.

"Of course they ordered all the appetizers, all the steaks they can get," he said. "They do not want to go to Applebee's. They want to go to the best steak place they can find... I'll do it again if I have to."

For a guy who didn't have to pay for much in college aside from a car note and maybe some bills at the library, it was quite a transition into adulthood and moneyhood. He's taken steps to hire a financial adviser and put his earnings into "different buckets," though, and seems confident he'll be in good shape for a long time.

Plus, if he excels in the coming seasons, there'll be plenty more millions coming his way. And by then, he won't be surprised when a lot of that goes to taxes.

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Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Teams on the brink of the playoffs could receive a big boost in the upcoming NFL season. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league's new collective bargaining agreement proposal would add an additional playoff spot in both conferences and eliminate a first-round bye for the second seed, ultimately creating a six-game slate for Wild Card weekend. 

There's growing confidence that the players and owners can strike an agreement, and that could come as early as next week, according to Schefter.

That optimism comes less than a month after NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith hinted that a two-year strike may be necessary for the players to receive everything they're seeking in the new deal. 

If the proposal gets passed through, the league would implement the playoff changes for the 2020-2021 season. 

Players that are on the top-seeded team in each conference would also receive pay during the first-round bye, which is not the case under the current agreement. 

There are still issues to resolve before the two sides reach an agreement, according to ESPN. Chief among those issues is the back-and-forth about allowing the possibility of a 17-game regular season, which the league would not phase in until at least 2021. 

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