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Need to Know: The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017

Need to Know: The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 16, 11 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 1
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 26
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 38
—Training camp starts (7/27) 102
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 147

The five Redskins with the best salary cap values

For a team to be successful under the NFL’s salary cap system it must have a number of players providing a high level of play for a relatively small share of the money available. These are the Redskins’ best cap values going into the 2017 season.

RB Rob Kelley, $540,000—The undrafted rookie didn’t even get a signing bonus so he is in line to get the second-year minimum with no added bonus proration. Even if the Redskins draft a running back it’s likely that Kelley will have a substantial role in the offense.

K Dustin Hopkins, $690,000—Sure, he went a little wobbly on field goals last year but he still hit on 81% of them and he is the most effective kicker from 50-plus years the team has had in a long time. A lot of his value stems from his kickoffs (70.7% touchbacks), taking a lot of pressure off the coverage teams.

WR Jamison Crowder, $751,400—Good wide receivers usually cost a bunch of money so if Crowder can improve on his 2016 line of 67/847/7 even a little bit he will prove to be a great value.

S Su’a Cravens, $1 million—He played fewer than 300 snaps last year but he had a key interception against the Giants, five passes defensed and a sack. If his playmaking increases proportionally to his playing time he will be a great value.

RT Morgan Moses, $1.97 million—A good starting right tackle will cost you about $6 million per year. Moses probably will make more than that next year when his rookie contract is up and he signs a new deal under a higher salary cap.

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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