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Redskins salary cap outlook: Cornerbacks

Redskins salary cap outlook: Cornerbacks

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. 

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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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Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera figured he'd make headlines (like the one on this exact website). He just doesn't really think what he revealed deserved to be so newsworthy.

The comments that generated some chatter came on Wednesday, when the Redskins head coach told reporters at the Combine that the team will speak with both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Washington, of course, already has Dwayne Haskins on the roster and appears poised to take Chase Young second overall in the upcoming draft. But Rivera still wants to sit down with the two top passers in this year's class, and he doesn't really see what's wrong with that.

"I just think it's what you're supposed to do," Rivera told the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday in Indianapolis. "Of course, that's one thing that people want to jump on and sink their teeth into and create stuff. All we're doing is our due diligence. If we don't look at those guys and something crazy happened, then we'd sit there and look silly."

Burrow is the overwhelming favorite to be selected by the Bengals to kick off April's event, but it makes sense for the Redskins to familiarize themselves with him just in case something wacky happens (it is the Bengals, guys). 

Tagovailoa, meanwhile, has been getting positive reports on his health, which is really the only thing to doubt about the polished product from Alabama. While Burrow currently seems like a complete longshot to end up with the Burgundy and Gold, Tagovailoa does not.

Still, Rivera maintained that the Redskins are just completing their research.

"We're going to cover all our bases and just see what happens," he said. "Everybody wants to know what we're going to do. We can't tell you what we're going to do because we don't know what's going to happen in front of us."

Now, is Rivera worried at all about how Haskins will take these meetings? His rookie year was rife with stories that the 2019 coaching staff didn't want him, after all, so isn't it risky to possibly restart those stories again in 2020? 

Short answer? Nope. Long answer? Here it is.

"I think Dwayne is smart enough to understand," the head man said. "I really do. It's been a neat development of a relationship right now between he and I. I think the one thing that I really do appreciate is his hard work already. And I think that's what everybody needs, to just take a step back and understand that all we're doing is our due diligence."

Rivera indicated that Burrow and Tagovailoa could very well visit the Redskins at their facility later this offseason, too, so this talk of QB drama may pop up again shortly. It doesn't feel like drama to him, though.

To him, and hopefully to Haskins, this is all a part of having the No. 2 pick in the draft, a spot that gives Washington a lot of options.

"I think if this is something that's bothering him, he'll say it," Rivera finished. "But he's a mature, young man who's just growing in his role. I just think that everybody needs to just relax and let us go through our process."

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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