Everyone knows that Robert Griffin III, the Redskins top draft pick, will make an impact on the 2012 team and that they should be better because of it.Thats good for the Redskins because the other three teams in the division could also be improved due to the presence of their first-round draft picks. Washington traded up to get Griffin and two of the other NFC East teams traded up to get players they hope will help stop RG3.A look at the other NFC East first rounders:Morris Claiborne, CB, Cowboys (6th pick)He was touted as the best defensive player in the 2012 draft and the Cowboys, who traded up to the sixth overall pick to take him, will need him to be very good if not great. Dallas secondary has been the teams Achilles heel for quite some time and Jerry Jones spent a high draft pick on Claiborne and some hefty free agent dollars on Brandon Carr to transform the cornerback spot from a soft spot into an area of strength.Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles (12th pick)Cox could come at Griffin from just about anywhere along the Eagles defensive line. Hes a freakish athlete who could spend a number of years blowing into the offensive backfield and disrupting the Redskins zone stretch play. Philly moved up from 15th in the first round to 12th to nap Cox.David Wilson, RB, Giants (31st pick)Ahmad Bradshaw had better be careful. If he has any more injuries like the foot problem that kept him out of our games last year and limited him in others Wilson could take over and keep the job for good. Wilson is a deadly combination of speed and athletic ability, giving the Giants a player who take one all the way from anywhere on the field. Its a good bet that hell have executed one of those plays that is all over TV on Sunday night and Monday by Week 4.
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.
Here is my sunrise view from this morning:
Looking at next year’s free agents
This post was originally published on March 18.
There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens.
QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?
OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard).
OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility.
WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon.
ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup.
Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight.
It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.
Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons
This post was originally published on March 19.
When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.
The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022.
Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).
But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.
His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now.
The cap hits on the contract are as follows:
2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million
The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.
The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.