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Need to Know: The five highest-paid Redskins in 2017

Need to Know: The five highest-paid Redskins in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 8, 60 days before NFL free agency starts.

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The five highest-paid Redskins in 2017

Ranked by salary cap numbers

CB Josh Norman $20 million—This is the biggest cap hit on Norman’s five-year, $75 million free agent contract. The biggest chunk of this is a fully guaranteed salary of $16.5 million. He also gets a $500,000 roster bonus.

OT Trent Williams $15.2 million—This will be the second year of the five-year, $66 million extension Williams signed in 2015. As is the case with Norman, this is the highest cap hit contained in the deal. You think Redskins cap guru Eric Schaffer knew that the Redskins would have some cap space to work with this year?

OLB Ryan Kerrigan $11.7 million—Kerrigan also is in the second year of an extension he signed in 2015. This year his base salary starts to step up. He gets $8.25 million in 2016 with the salary gradually going up to $11.5 million in 2020. One bonus he’s almost sure to collect is the $15,625 he gets for each game he is active, a total of $250,000 if he is active for all 16. He has started all 92 games since he came into the league in 2011.

TE Jordan Reed $5.8 million—He would have been a free agent this year but he signed a five-year, $46.75 million extension last spring. This is the least lucrative year of the deal as far as putting money in Reed’s pocket. Reed gets only (only!) $3.75 million in salary, which is fully guaranteed, and up to $250,000 in per-game roster bonuses (same formula as Kerrigan). The rest of his cap charge is the $1.8 million prorated portion of his signing bonus.

G Brandon Scherff $5.8 million—The 2011 CBA that created the slotted salary system for draft picks did cut down on huge paydays for top draft picks but it didn’t leave the young players destitute. This is the deal for the No. 5 pick in the 2015 draft. He’s now through two years of the four-year deal. The Redskins won’t be able to sign him to an extension until a year from now but they might proceed with some urgency when that window opens. The cost to keep him around for the fifth-year option in 2019 will be in excess of $12 million.

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Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

After playing four years at the University of Louisville and and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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