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Morgan Moses contract details: Redskins' right tackle now second-highest paid

Morgan Moses contract details: Redskins' right tackle now second-highest paid

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has said on a few occasions that he thinks that Morgan Moses is one of the best right tackles in the NFL. After signing a contract extension last week, Moses is now paid like he is among the best.

Moses, who turned 26 in March, signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal last week. According to Over the Cap, Moses got just over $14 million fully guaranteed at signing and a total of $20 million guaranteed, including injury guarantees. Moses got a signing bonus of $9.5 million.

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The new deal doesn’t fully kick in until 2018. He was going into the fourth year of his rookie contract and he was going to count just under $2 million against the cap. This year, that cap charge increases to $3.6 million. His $1.3 million salary for this year is now fully guaranteed.

When the extension comes into full effect, Moses gets a guaranteed 2018 salary of $3.25 million. If he is still on the roster in early 2019 his $4.75 million salary will become guaranteed. That salary is also guaranteed for injury at signing. In addition, $1.2 million of his 2020 salary is guaranteed. 

Moses is eligible for up to $250,000 in per-game roster bonuses starting this year.

The cap charge for the deal is $5.4 million in 2018 and it steps up to a peak of $9.65 million in 2021.

The contract runs through 2022, which will be Moses’ age 31 season. He is likely to be effective for the life of the deal but should his performance decline, the first year the Redskins can realistically move on from him is in 2019, as long as they do so before the salary guarantee kicks in. They could save $1.2 million in cap space if they release him then. Savings would increase annually and they would save $7.75 million by letting him go in either of the final two years of the contract.

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The average annual value of the extension is $7.65 million. Among true right tackle contracts, only the free agent deal signed by Ricky Wagner, who went from the Ravens to the Lions earlier this year, has a five-year contract that averages $9.5 million per year. Lane Johnson of the Eagles plays right tackle and he has a contract that pays an average of $11.25 million. But that deal was signed in anticipation of him moving to left tackle in the coming years and left tackles generally make more than right tackles.

Moses’ deal leaves the Redskins with $6.5 million in cap space. It will cost about $1.9 million in net cap space to sign their 2017 draft picks.  

Note: A source close to Moses provided me with some corrections to an earlier version of this post. 

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Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskins' wideout Josh Doctson has found another home, again. 

Doctson, 27, signed with the New York Jets the team announced Saturday morning via twitter. 

Washington selected Doctson with their 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft after he put up monster numbers at Texas Christian University. However, his collegiate success never quite translated to the professional level. During his three seasons in D.C. he played 33 games, recorded 81 receptions for a total of 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns.

After Washinton released Doctson last September he joined the Minnesota Vikings, but injuries held him to only one appearance and no catches. 

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Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

New Orleans Pelican Josh Hart tried to recruit Stefon Diggs in a twitter exchange Thursday surrounding Jordan Reed’s release from the Redskins.

Reed was released on Thursday after six seasons and seven years on the team.

In a tweet commemorating Reed’s accomplishments, the Redskins called him “one of the best in franchise history” and thanked him for his years on the team.

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed his disappointment in Reed’s release by quoting the tweet with a crying emoji. Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs shared similar feelings by responding to the quote saying “not my dog j reed…”.

Diggs is a Maryland native but has been with the Vikings since he was drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft in the fifth round.

In response to this exchange, Hart chimed in and pleaded with him to “Come on home bro #HTTR”.  Hart, a D.C. native and long-time Redskins fan, is not the only one who has been looking to help the Redskins with their player recruitment.

Haskins has also made recruiting for the Redskins a habit this season, engaging with players like Ron Rivera and Antonio Brown through social media regarding coming to play in DC.

Hart's interaction with Diggs is particularly notable considering that his recent social media has left Vikings fans wondering what his next moves are. In addition to cryptic tweets potentially linked to his dissatisfaction with his team, Diggs also took down all of his Instagram pictures which feature him in a Vikings uniform.

Could Diggs be heading to the Redskins? If Hart has any say in the matter, maybe.

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