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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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10 Questions for training camp: Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

10 Questions for training camp: Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

The Redskins spent a ton of money to fix their safety position this offseason, shelling out $45 million guaranteed for Landon Collins.

There's only one problem, however, as a modern NFL defense requires two safeties.

Assuming health, Collins will undoubtedly start at safety. What player lines up next to him will bring concerns regardless of the direction the Washington coaching staff leans.

The leading contender for the job is Montae Nicholson, a third-year pro out of Michigan State. As a rookie, Nicholson looked like a potential draft steal, especially early in the season when he showed speed, pop and a nose for the football. His rookie season ended after just eight games though due to injuries and a concussion.

Going into this second year in 2019, Jay Gruden heaped significant praise on Nicholson, and compared his importance to the defense as Jordan Reed was to the Redskins offense.

Things didn't go well.

Nicholson never seemed to understand the new scheme in place, where he and DJ Swearinger occupied sides of the field instead of a more traditional strong and free safety role. Nicholson has the track background to play a real center field, and seemed bewildered at times playing close to the line of scrimmage.

As the 2018 campaign staggered along, Redskins team president Bruce Allen traded with Green Bay for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, effectively benching Nicholson. Clinton-Dix wasn't much better in D.C., and eventually he signed with the Bears as a free agent this offseason.

There was also a late-season arrest for Nicholson outside of a Loudon County bar. While charges eventually got dropped, the Redskins suspended Nicholson for the final few games of 2018.

Add all of that up, and it's hard to believe Redskins' brass when they speak about how much they trust Nicholson and expect great things from him. Still, the NFL is no place for hurt feelings, and both the franchise and the safety need to turn the page from an ugly 2018 and hope 2019 fares better.

The reality is the Redskins don't have many options if Nicholson can't reclaim his starting role. Troy Apke showed next to nothing in an injury-plagued rookie season last year. Deshazor Everett has been with the Redskins for four seasons and has been a valuable special teams player, yet, when the team has needed somebody to fill a revolving door at either safety spot, he rarely gets a chance.

Odds are there isn't more help coming.

The draft came and went without Washington adding a safety. Same with the second wave of free agency.

Maybe a veteran safety with legit speed emerges on the marketplace - an unexpected training camp cut - but the Burgundy and Gold can't count on that. It's also possible veteran defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie can make the Redskins 53-man roster and help at safety in passing situations.

Remember, however, that DRC retired from football last year halfway through the season. Let's see him get through the grind of two-a-days in Richmond before considering the 33-year-old part of the solution.

Add all of that up and it's very clear the Redskins need a lot from Nicholson.

Collins should help Washington immediately, as a leader and as a sure tackler. He's had some elite seasons in the NFL, but that last happened in 2016.

Collins on his own as the last line of defense will help the Redskins, but not to the tune of an average salary of $15 million.

Collins paired with a healthy and fully engaged Nicholson could be special. But that requires Nicholson to be both healthy and fully engaged. Time will tell on that.

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Report: Brandon Scherff and Redskins 'far apart' on contract negotiations

Report: Brandon Scherff and Redskins 'far apart' on contract negotiations

Besides the quarterback competition between Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins, one of the biggest storylines from Redskins training camp will be whether the team and Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff can agree on a contract extension before the start of the 2019 season.

On Monday, a report came out from 106.7 The Fan's Erin Hawksworth that Scherff has been offered multiple contract extensions from the Redskins, but "the two sides are far apart."

Scherff is entering the 2019 season on the last year of his rookie deal and set to be an unrestricted free agent at season's end. 

The fifth-year guard will make a base salary of $12.5 million in 2019 after the Redskins picked up his fifth-year option a year ago as part of his rookie deal.

Should Scherff hit the open market, he will be a hot commodity. 

He may not receive a contract as big as Cowboys' guard Zack Martin did, but expect him to command close to top-market money. Martin received a six-year, $84 million deal in 2018 with $40 million guaranteed. A contract extension for Scherff could look something like the five-year, $66.5 million deal Jaguars' guard Andrew Norwell signed in 2018. 

Besides tackle Trent Williams, Scherff is without a doubt the most important piece to the Redskins offensive line. With Williams currently holding out, Scherff's presence on the offensive line is even more important.

Scherff missed eight games a season ago with a torn pectoral muscle, and his absence was very visible.

One thing is for certain: if the Redskins are not willing to pay Scherff top-market money, barring something unexpected, he will certainly get it somewhere else. And no Redskins fan wants that.

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