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The Redskins are running low on cap space

The Redskins are running low on cap space

The Redskins have a dwindling supply of salary cap dollars, making it unlikely that they will be able to jump on any free agents that might pop onto the market (sorry, Jeremy Maclin fans).

Washington has $4.5 million in cap space left this year (all cap info via OverTheCap.com).

Only three NFL teams have less money to spend.

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They are right about where they usually are at this point in the offseason.

Since 2012, when unspent cap money could first be carried over to the next season, the Redskins have averaged $6.5 million in carryover cap each year. They have carried as much as $15 million, which is how much they brought into this year, and as little as zero dollars. That was what they had left over after the 2013 season after getting hit with the $36 million salary cap penalty, which was split between 2012 and 2013.

It is wise to carry about $5 million in salary cap space into a season. Once the season starts you have to pay your practice squad players and players who are on injured reserve (as well as the players who replace them on the roster). You don’t want to go into the last game on fumes like the Redskins had to in 2013.

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Back to this year, the Redskins do have an option to create more cap space.

Safety DeAngelo Hall is slated to make a salary of $4.25 million this year. Given that he has spent more time injured than playing the last three seasons it seems likely that the team will talk to him about taking a pay cut, a move that would create $2-$3 million in cap space. Hall indicated after last season that he would be amenable to a base pay cut so a redone deal seems to be a matter of when, not if.

The biggest chunk of money is being taken up by Kirk Cousins, who has a $23.94 million franchise tag contract that all counts against this year’s cap.

The second-highest cap hit is Josh Norman’s ($20 million) while Trent Williams ($15.1 million), Ryan Kerrigan ($11.7 million) and Terrelle Pryor ($6 million) round out the top five. 

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

Starting Tuesday, all 32 NFL teams will have a chance to asses some of the best talents in the upcoming draft at the NFL Combine. However, one of the better safety prospects available will be noticeably absent in Indianapolis.

University of Alabama safety Deionte Thompson will reportedly not participate in combine activities after having surgery on his wrist Friday to mend a torn ligament, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport did mention that the injury is not believed to have a serious impact long-term. 

Thompson is coming off a junior season at Alabama in which he recorded two interceptions and 78 tackles while earning Consensus All-America honors.

As the draft approaches, the safety is being regarded as one of the better secondary options available for teams. In NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig's latest mock draft, Thompson is projected to go 24th overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Though the projection doesn't have Thompson ending up as a member of the Burgundy and Gold, he is still a realistic option for the Redskins. With a few questions marks in the secondary following the departure of D.J. Swearinger Sr. and the unclear future of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Redskins could very well see Thompson as a viable target at No. 15.

If Thompson's impending recovery time leads to his draft stock falling, there is a slight chance he may even be available in the second round when the Redskins pick at No. 46.

Currently, there is no timetable for his return. Alabama is scheduled to host its Pro Day on March 19, which could be the next time Washington and other teams will get a chance to evaluate Thompson.

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 

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