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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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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

Josh Norman is fast, smooth and creative with excellent footwork that can leave you speechless.

Sure, those are qualities he has on the football field, but we're actually talking about his skills as a ballroom dancer.

Norman is one of three finalists on "Dancing with the Stars" during a shortened, athletes-only season. The Redskins' cornerback is partnered with pro dancer Sharna Burgess, and the couple will compete against two other pairs in the finals Monday night (8 p.m., ABC). 

Fiery, in sync and always entertaining, Norman and Burgess have stunned in the first three of four total episodes this season, but winning the mirrorball trophy won't be easy. They're up against Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Adam Rippon and former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.  

Norman's only real competition is Rippon, who is beyond natural on the dance floor — although Norman has been a delightful surprise as well. Clearly — and like so many previous football players who have done well on "DWTS", like Calvin Johnson and Von Miller — his skills on the gridiron easily translate. 

Here's a look at his previous three performances with Burgess. Does it look like he has what it takes to win?

Week 1: The Cha Cha

Week 2: The Paso Doble

Week 3: A Contemporary Dance

Here's how you can vote for Josh and Sharna in Monday's season finale.


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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Free-agent Junior Galette has been offered deals with multiple teams this offseason, but the eight-year veteran pass-rusher hasn't signed anything because he's considering retirement as well. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, Galette — who has been with the Redskins since 2015 but only played in the 2017 season because of injuries — wrote that he's simply not sure if he wants to continue playing football. 

He said, on Instagram: "The real reason I haven’t signed is because I’ve contemplated retiring. I have 3 Deals Currently on the table and will Plan Accordingly. All my fans i promise this will be my Best I’m not saying nothing else God Bless All I’m BACK".

Galette signed with the Redskins in the 2015 offseason, but he missed both that season and the 2016 one because of multiple Achilles injuries. He played in all 16 Washington games in 2017 and finished the season with 20 total tackles and three sacks. 

Prior to signing with the Redskins, Galette was with the New Orleans Saints for the first five seasons of his career. In 2013 and 2014 — his best seasons, by far, stats wise — he combined for 87 total tackles and 22 sacks, plus two safeties.