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How much cap space will the Redskins need to sign their 2017 draft picks?

How much cap space will the Redskins need to sign their 2017 draft picks?

The Redskins have $8.1 million in remaining cap space and 10 picks in the upcoming draft. At first glance it may look like it will be a tight squeeze but it really won’t be. Here’s why.

The Redskins top draft pick is the 17th overall selection. Due to the NFL’s rookie slotting system, we know that player will get a four-year contract worth $11.6 million (all salaries rounded to the nearest $1,000). The 2017 cap charge for that contract will be about $2.1 million (cap information via Over the Cap).

The Redskins’ next pick comes in the second round, the 49th pick overall. That deal will be cost $968,000 in 2017 cap space. Here are the remaining deals, rounded to the nearest $1,000.

Round 3 (81 overall)—$671,000
4 (114)—$630,000
4 (123)—$620,000
5 (154)—$534,000
6 (201)—$501,000
6 (209)—$499,000
7 (220)—$489,000
7 (235)—$485,000

That totals $7.5 million (may not be exact due to rounding). If you subtracted that from the $8.1 million in remaining cap space the Redskins would not have enough cap space left to get through the season.

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But you don’t subtract nearly that much from the remaining cap space due to the Rule of 51. That rule applies during the offseason, from the start of the league year in March until Week 1 of the regular season. Teams must be under the NFL salary cap of $167 million during that time, but since they can carry up to 90 players on the roster they can’t count everyone towards the cap. So the rule is that only the top 51 cap hits on the roster count towards cap during the offseason. When a player is signed to a deal that would be in the top 51 cap hits, the player with the 51st-highest cap hit is taken out of the calculation.

So, when the Redskins sign their first-round draft pick, safety Earl Wolff, who has a cap hit of $615,000, will drop out of the top 51, so you subtract his money from the cap total. So that deal with the 2017 cap hit of $2.1 million counts a net of just $1.485 million.

Signing the second-round pick to that deal with the 2017 cap hit of $986,000 pushes A.J. Francis and his $615,000 cap number off the list so the net effect on available cap space is just $353,000.

The process continues through the third and both fourth-round picks. Then you get to the fifth-round pick. That cap number isn’t high enough to make it into the top 51 so it’s “free” for offseason salary cap purposes. The same applies to the rest of the draft picks.

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Going back up to the contracts that will count against the cap, the total 2017 cap charges for those is $4.989 million. Those five contracts will push players with total salaries of $3.075 million out of the cap calculation. That makes the net cap charge $1.914 million. That will be the amount of money subtracted from their available 2017 space.

That will leave the Redskins with about $6.2 million in cap space. They are likely to gain some more space with a renegotiation of DeAngelo Hall’s contract, which has a $4.25 million salary that is likely to be substantially reduced.

That would leave them with enough remaining cap space to get through the season and perhaps sign a player like Morgan Moses to a contract extension.

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Redskins seek to add linebacker depth by signing Gary Johnson

Redskins seek to add linebacker depth by signing Gary Johnson

The Redskins added some linebacker depth Saturday afternoon by signing former Texas LB Gary Johnson, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

Johnson, 23, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs back in June following mandatory minicamp.

This signing immediately addresses a position of need as Washington's linebacker room is banged up. Reuben Foster was ruled out of the entire season due to a torn ACL he suffered in May, Josh Harvey-Clemmons is going through concussion protocol while strengthening an ailing knee, and Shaun Dion Hamilton is still questionable with a chest injury. 

In his two seasons at Texas, Johnson tallied 147 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and two pass breakups in 23 games.

Johnson took to Twitter to celebrate his latest opportunity in the nation's capital: 

Johnson's Twitter profile also features the statement "I Hate QB's & RB's."

It's fair to say the Redskins are always on the lookout for defensive guys with that mentality. 

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Stock Up, Stock Down: Montae Nicholson and Samaje Perine going in opposite directions

Stock Up, Stock Down: Montae Nicholson and Samaje Perine going in opposite directions

The Redskins lost to the Bengals Thursday night at FedEx Field, but in the preseason, final results don't really matter. What matters comes in individual and group performances, particularly among first-team units.

In that vein, the Redskins starting defense looked strong against Cincinnati. Outside of some dumb and wacky penalty calls, the starting defense barely gave up any first downs. A number of players impressed on that group, so let's start with the stocks trending in the right direction. 

Stock Up

  • Montae Nicholson - The 96-yard interception return for a touchdown was an impressive display of playmaking ability and speed, but more than that, it was the culmination of a strong offseason and training camp. For the Redskins to be a Top 10 defense, Nicholson needs to be the hard-hitting stud that Washington fans saw glimpses of as a rookie in 2017. Last year was a lost season for Nicholson, who dealt with injuries, getting benched and legal troubles. 2019 is a new start, and so far, it looks quite good. 
  • Adrian Peterson - Not that a first-ballot Hall of Famer really needs preseason validation, but when Peterson ripped off a 26-yard run in the first quarter against the Bengals it became pretty obvious he's ready to go for 2019. And it's important too as second-year back Derrius Guice still isn't cleared for competition. 
  • Robert Davis - Another week, another long touchdown. If there's a handbook to show how to force your way onto a roster, Davis is reading from it. 
  • Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne - These dudes are beasts. 

Despite the good news, there was bad news too. Here's that list:

Stock Down

  • Samaje Perine - Five carries for one yard against Cincy. You read that right. That comes after a poor showing in pass protection in the preseason opener. Jay Gruden always sings praises of Perine but hasn't after the last two preseason games. Prior to Shaun Wilson's ankle injury, he seemed like a guy that could really push for Perine's roster spot. Could that be Byron Marshall now?
  • Paul Richardson - The speedster wideout missed the Bengals game, and the word from one Redskins coach was "he's hurt." Many players get held out of preseason action with slight injuries, stuff they would play through in the regular season. That's not the deal with Richardson. He needs to get right. 
  • Cole Holcomb - If you can't make the club in the tub, Holcomb needs to get back on the field. While he's not in actual roster danger because of the growing number of injuries at inside linebacker, Holcomb is dealing with an AC joint issue. Linebackers need their shoulders, and Holcomb missed a valuable opportunity against the Bengals with presumed starter Shaun Dion Hamilton already out for that game. 
  • Nate Kaczor - The Redskins new Special Teams coach is off to a rough start. In two preseason games Washington has already given up two punt return touchdowns, and against the Bengals, kicker Dustin Hopkins missed an extra point and a field goal. Special teams are tricky in the preseason. In the regular season with 53-man rosters, starting players land on special teams. In the preseason with 90-man rosters, it's largely a collection of players that won't make the final roster lining up on special teams. Still, ugly start. 

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