As Jay Gruden and company finalize the coaching staff in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $20 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of the Redskins’ options. Previously we looked at the interior offensive line and offensive tackle, and wide receivers.
Up today, tight ends.
The Redskins currently have two tight ends under contract.
—Paulsen, who turns 28 next month, is in the last year of his contract. His salary nearly doubles from the 2014 amount $870,000 with a $100,000 roster bonus to $1.55 million with a $200,000 roster bonus.
—Paulsen's contract for 2015 could have voided but he did not meet the requirement of playing in 75 percent of the offensive snaps in 2013 and 2014.
—Reed will be going into the third year of his four-year rookie contract.
—Niles Paul, who was a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, will be an unrestricted free agent.
—The Redskins rank 21st in the NFL is tight end spending. They will need to sign a third tight end so their expenditure will be higher when the season starts.
Adding and subtracting
You can look at Paulsen’s cap number and wonder if a backup tight end—in fact depending on who they bring in, he could be the third-string tight end—is worth it. The dead cap for releasing him is minimal, around $367,000. The net cap savings would be $1.75 million.
But Paulsen has value as a blocking tight end. GM Scot McCloughan likes big players and at 6-5, 261, Paulsen fits. Paulsen also has value on many special teams. It would be very surprising to see him let go.
If Reed can figure out how to stay on the field he has the talent be in line to get a sizeable contract in 2017 but that’s too far down the road to be a concern at this time.
Re-signing Paul, who was fifth on the team in receptions with 39, is a decision that McCloughan will have to make. Tarik El-Bashir and I have some advice for him’ check back later this afternoon on CSNwashington.com to see what we have to say.
Cap information from OverTheCap.com and other sources.