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Redskins salary cap outlook: Offensive tackle

Redskins salary cap outlook: Offensive tackle

Salary cap outlook: Offensive tackle

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. Up first is the offensive tackle position.

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The Redskins currently have 3 offensive tackles under contract.

Trent Williams, 2017 cap hit $15.2 million
Morgan Moses, $984,000
Kevin Bowen: $465,000

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—Williams has four years left on a contract extension he signed in 2015. This season has the highest cap hit of any season on the contract; it declines into the $13-414 million range each season for the last four years on the contract. He will be 29 before training camp starts and he has made five straight Pro Bowls. The Redskins are happy to have him at this price.

—Moses just completed the third year of his four-year rookie contract. He is eligible to negotiate for an extension. While there have been no reports that extension is in the works, it would not be surprising if something got done in the next few months. The Redskins then would have their two starting tackles locked up for at least the next few years.

Ty Nsekhe, who started when Williams was suspended for four games, is a restricted free agent.  

Vinston Painter, who was the swing tackle when Williams was out, is an exclusive rights free agent.  

Positional spending (full O-line)

2016: Redskins $26.2 million, 11th in NFL
2017: $34 million, 7th in NFL

Adding and subtracting

The Redskins are going to hang on to Nsekhe one way or another. The restricted free agent tender to get a right of first refusal will be around $1.7 million. The Redskins could go that way or they could offer Nsekhe a two- or three-year deal with some guaranteed money attached (the RFA tag is not guaranteed). Although he is 31, he is low mileage with only two NFL games played prior to coming to the Redskins in 2015. Either way, it seems likely that Nsekhe will be back as the swing tackle.

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Moses’ contract could be a bit tricky to navigate due to Lane Johnson’s contract. The Eagles’ right tackle is on a deal that pays him an average of $11.2 million per year. The next eight highest-paid right tackles are in the $6 million range. Johnson signed the deal with the understanding that he will move to left tackle when Jason Peters retired. Peters is very likely to play in 2017, leaving Johnson’s deal as an outlier that the rest of the NFL trying to sign a right tackle will need to deal with. It could take closer to $7 million per year to lock up Moses, who will turn 26 next month and is just entering what should be his prime years. If he does sign a deal it will look like an overpay at the beginning but as he cap increases and salaries go up over the next few years it will look like a fair bargain.

Painter will almost certainly get an exclusive rights offer of the minimum salary $690,00. That is not guaranteed and he must earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

The Redskins are unlikely to be in the free agent market for a tackle unless they want a veteran to challenge in inexperienced Painter for the fourth tackle spot. Any additional contracts at tackle likely would be of the veteran minimum variety.  

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DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has drawn criticism because of his performance in D.C. during his 5-year, $75 million contract he signed in April 2016. Former Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall came to Norman’s defense during a radio appearance with Craig Hoffman on 106.7 The Fan on Friday.

“He does compete, he’s a competitor. And if I have a football player on my roster who’s a competitor, who wants to be out there, who fights hard and plays hard, I’m [going to] find a way to put him in position to make plays,” Hall said. “I think we could’ve done a much, much better job of putting Josh in position to make plays.”

In November, then-interim head coach Bill Callahan benched Norman, and the 32-year-old cornerback played just 10 defensive snaps over the last six games of the season. Should Washington choose to cut ties with Norman this offseason before June 1, the team would save $12.5 million of cap space.

Hall, who interviewed for the Redskins’ defensive backs’ coaching position last January, said Norman wasn’t given the chance to be the leader of the defense. Hall said some of that was self-inflicted because of Norman’s habits and preparation, but a portion of that was because of schematics. 

“I always told those coaches ‘If you want Josh to be a leader — because Josh wants to be a leader — you’ve got to put him in a position to make plays, the same way Carolina put him in a position to make plays,” Hall said. 

The peak of Norman’s career came in 2015 under the direction of Washington’s newly hired head coach Ron Rivera. In that all-pro season, Norman recorded 56 tackles, 18 passes defended, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two touchdowns. 

Hall believes Norman still possesses that all-pro ability; it just needs to be tapped with the right defensive scheme. Hall compared the situation to Richard Sherman, who has revitalized his career in San Francisco after battling injuries. 

“It’s not because [Sherman] is the best lockdown man-to-man corner. It’s because they play Sherm in a system that he’s able to succeed and shine, and they put players around him so that he can make plays,” he said. “If we [would’ve] done the same thing to Josh Norman, he could’ve been an all-pro player here, too, just like he was in Carolina.”

Despite Hall’s belief in Norman’s ability, and the presumption that Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will run a similar system to what Norman played in with the Panthers, the former Redskins defensive back doesn’t think the $15 million price tag is worth it for a franchise that has other holes to fill.

“I, as a fan, would love to have Josh back on this team, in this defense that I feel will be similar to Carolina,” Hall said. “But to me, it doesn’t make sense to bring Josh back for $15 million. It’s just a big pill to swallow when you can do a lot with that money on a team that needs a lot of help.”

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. He's won six Super Bowl titles and made the playoffs every year in the last decade. Other coaches were great - Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs among a few - but nobody is Belichick. 

That's what makes a recent report out of Boston so near impossible to believe. 

Belichick checked in on coaching in Washington? The Redskins? 

Those are valid points, I guess. Belichick spent much of his young life in Annapolis and has great affinity for that area. He's talked about that openly. 

The timeline also makes some sense. Many reports out of New England in 2017 showed a power struggle between Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft about what to do with legendary quarterback Tom Brady as then backup Patriots QB Jimmy Garropolo got closer to free agency. New England wouldn't be able to keep both, and there has been speculation that Belichick wanted to keep the younger passer. 

Eventually, Garropolo got traded to the 49ers, for a surprisingly low return, and New England went to two more Super Bowls, winning last year. 

This year, however, marked the first real time the Patriots looked mortal. Brady's completion percentage dipped to 60.8 percent, his lowest since 2013, and he threw fewer passing yards than any 16-game season since 2010. Now, Brady is a free agent and for the first time ever the possibility of playing somewhere else seems real, even if only somewhat realistic.

Still, Belichick coaching the Redskins seems like the longest of shots. Checking on a job - looking at financial considerations or asking about parameters - and actually taking a job can be two very different things. 

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