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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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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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Ron Rivera reportedly hopes the Redskins can change their name before the 2020 season starts

Ron Rivera reportedly hopes the Redskins can change their name before the 2020 season starts

One day after his team announced they'd be launching a "thorough review" of its name, Ron Rivera told the Washington Post "it would be awesome" if the Redskins could complete the change before the 2020 season.

In fact, Rivera already has a few favorite ideas that he and Dan Snyder have tossed around in their recent, extensive discussions about the topic, though he wouldn't disclose them yet.

"We came up with a couple of names — two of them I really like," Rivera told Les Carpenter on Saturday.

In Washington's Friday statement, Rivera said, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”

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While talking with Carpenter, Rivera further explained that a new name must be respectful to both of those groups. 

"We want to do this in a positive way," Rivera said.

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It feels like more progress has been made toward a possible change in the past few days than the past handful of years.

Snyder, who once proclaimed his organization would "NEVER" make a switch, is clearly softening his stance now. That shift comes as outside pressure has really mounted from every direction since Thursday.

According to the Post, the owner and his new coach have really focused on going to a new name over the last month, with Rivera hoping to end the process soon.

"My eyes are wide open," Rivera said to Carpenter.

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