The Redskins have found their offensive and defensive coordinators and they are ready to get on with the business portion of the offseason. The big question between now and the middle of March is how they will divvy up their $62 million in cap space. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of the Redskins’ options.
Cap info via www.OverTheCap.com
The Redskins currently have these cornerbacks under contract.
—Josh Norman, 2017 cap hit $20 million, under contract through 2020
—Bashaud Breeland, $811,500, through 2018
—Kendall Fuller, $737,106, through 2019
—Tharold Simon, $775,000, through 2017
—Quinton Dunbar, $614,000, through 2019
Free agents: Greg Toler, Dashaun Phillips (exclusive rights)
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—Norman is in the second year of the five-year, $75 million contract he signed last April. This is the peak cap hit in the deal; in the remaining three years of the deal his cap range from about $14 million to around $17 million.
—Having completed three years of his rookie contract, Breeland is eligible for a new deal. There has been no buzz that there are any talks going on. Breeland had his struggles last year and both sides may want to wait before making a long-term commitment.
Positional spending (all defensive backs)
2016: $17.8 million, 27th in NFL
2017: $29.9 million, 7th in NFL
Adding and subtracting:
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Redskins stay away from the free agent market here, at least a far as the players who would get big and even medium sized deals. The Norman deal precludes bringing in a premium corner like Trumaine Johnson of the Rams.
They could bring in a mid-level corner, although that could cause a problem if they want to keep Breeland. If Breeland signs an extension this offseason the average annual value probably would be in the $7 million. If they don’t agree to a deal (as noted, that seems to be the more likely scenario) and he improves, that could be closer to $9 million. If he becomes a Pro Bowl caliber player, the sky’s the limit.
Because his value is likely to increase, it’s my belief that Breeland will wait unless the Redskins offer him a deal that is too good to turn down.
As of now, Fuller and Dunbar are second on the depth chart with Fuller currently penciled in the slot. Fuller still has three years left on his rookie contract and Dunbar will be a restricted free agent after this season.
The Redskins could bring back Toler and he, Simon, and perhaps Phillips can compete with a possible draft pick or two and maybe a low-level free agent.
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