Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 3, 34 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.
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McCloughan’s five worst acquisitions
Last week I took a look at Scot McCloughan’s best five player acquisitions. This morning we take a look at the other side of the coin. Here are his worst acquisitions, all of them free agent signings. They are in order from “bad” to “absolute worst”.
5. S Jeron Johnson—This was a McCloughan guy from the Seahawks. He wasn’t very expensive as he signed a 2-year, $4 million contract. But he was not at all a solution to the Redskins’ perpetual safety woes. He was behind Duke Ihenacho during the offseason and training camp. The telling moment came when Ihenacho went out with an injury early in the season opener and Trenton Robinson, not Johnson, went into the lineup. Johnson was released last spring.
4. DL Kendall Reyes—Reyes looked like he was in decline for a couple of years, with his sack total with the Chargers going from a total of 10.5 in his first two seasons to a combined three in his last two. But that didn’t stop McCloughan from bringing him on board with a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $1 million signing bonus. Reyes was on the roster Week 1 so his money was fully guaranteed. The Redskins cut him after he played in just two games but they were on the hook for the entire contract.
3. S David Bruton—McCloughan saw him as a starter after he spent most of his career with the Broncos as a reserve. They gave him a three-year, $9 million contract and immediately inserted him with the first string and he stayed there. He struggled in four games before a concussion landed him on injured reserve. Bruton was later waived off of injured reserve, a move that cost the Redskins $1.75 million in dead cap space this year.
2. DL Stephen Paea—The former Bear got a $5 million signing bonus and a guaranteed salary of $2.85 million in 2015. He played in 11 games, got 1.5 sacks and made 11 tackles. In Week 13 he was put on injured reserve despite the absence of any apparent injury. The company line during the offseason is that Paea needed a year to adjust to the new defense but apparently he never did as he was cut before the season started. The Redskins will eat a $2.5 million dead cap charge this year to account for the rest of his signing bonus.
1. CB Chris Culliver—Culliver cost the Redskins $8 million for six games in 2015. I’ll do the math for you, that’s $1.3 million per game or about $22,200 for each of the 360 snaps he took. Fortunately, a one-game suspension for violating the personal contact policy voided some guaranteed money in his deal. If not, the Redskins would either have been forced to keep Culliver on the roster in 2016 or take an additional $8 million dead cap hit.
Although some of McCloughan’s draft picks look questionable it’s too early to put any of them in the “worst” category at this point.
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