Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 6, 21 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 186 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 66 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 11
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 35
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 58

Redskins cap still feeling effects of free agency misses

The Redskins had more than their share of swings and misses in the free agency department in the last couple of years. And they are paying for it this year in terms of missing salary cap dollars.

The Redskins’ 2017 cap is being hit with $9.8 million in dead money for players who are no longer with the team (information via Over the Cap). Most of the money is from four defenders that the team signed as free agents in 2015 and 2016:

CB Chris Culliver, $2.5 million—The former 49er was supposed to be the No. 1 corner but injuries limited him to just six games in 2015. He was cut on May 2 last year, about 10 days after the Redskins signed Josh Norman. They designated him a June 1 cut so part of the dead cap from his signing bonus carried over to this year.

DL Stephen Paea, $2.5 million—Whether it was due to some nagging injuries or just trouble picking up the defense, Paea didn’t catch on after signing as a free agent in 2015. The Redskins gave him every chance to impress before the last season but he was cut prior to the fourth preseason game. Since it already was after June 1 his dead cap automatically carried over to this year.


S David Bruton, $1.7 million—Last year his eight missed tackles were the third-most on the team, remarkable in light of the fact that he played in only four games. He suffered a concussion in Week 4, went on injured reserve and was later waived.

DL Ricky Jean Francois, $1 million—At least the Redskins got some production out of this free agent signee. Francois was a solid rotational lineman for two years. The Redskins decided to move on from his $4 million salary in what would have been the last year of his contract.

On offense, the dummy last year in the contract of WR DeSean Jackson voided and the $1.25 million in dead money that was generated was planned for ever since Jackson signed in 2014. The retirement of C Kory Lichtensteiger left a small dead cap charge of $550,000.

Two teams in the Redskins’ division are carrying more dead cap than the Redskins, the Cowboys ($16.3 million) and Eagles ($14.7 million). In all, nine teams have more 2017 dead cap than the Redskins. The Ravens have the most ($18.9 million) and the Raiders have the least ($109,846).

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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