Rookie deals help a lot when it comes to finding value in an NFL contract, and the Redskins have a few players performing well on those terms.
It's not all rookie deals though, as some veterans outperform their contract terms too.
One player that surely would have made a bargain list was DJ Swearinger. A Pro Bowl alternate last season, Swearinger will make just $4.5 million in 2019. He won't be doing it in Washington though, as the Redskins released him following comments critical of the coaching staff.
So who makes the list?
- Chase Roullier - 2019 salary: $682,000 - Where would the Redskins offensive line be without Roullier? He was the most durable player of the group in 2018, when he didn't miss a snap all season. A good performer at center, the team will need Roullier to handle protections in 2019 when the quarterback situation will be dicey.
- Matt Ioannidis - 2019 salary: $720,000 - He had a breakthrough third season, racking up 7.5 sacks and displaying a powerful mix of strength and agility to be a disruptive member of the Redskins rebuilt defensive front. 2019 will be the last year on Ioannidis' rookie deal, and his price tag will jump significantly in 2020.
- Jonathan Allen - 2019 salary: $3.15 million - The price tag just took a big jump, but that's because Allen is a former first-round pick. In 2018, Allen registered eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He showed the ability to be dominant and provided leadership late in the year when the team was falling apart. A franchise cornerstone for $3 million is a bargain in the NFL.
- Daron Payne - 2019 salary: $3.2 million - The stats and description are going to be very similar to Allen, and that's a good thing. As a rookie Payne showed ridiculous strength, and he should improve in his second season with the Redskins. Payne may never be the vocal leader that Allen is, but he might emerge to be the better player down the road.
- Fabian Moreau - 2019 salary: $890,000 - Cornerbacks come with hefty price tags, but Moreau is only in the third year of a four-year deal. The Redskins need to figure out if Moreau is an inside slot corner or able to play outside, but much of that will be determined by Quinton Dunbar's health and Josh Norman's future with the team.
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