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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