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Redskins salary cap outlook: Wide receiver

Redskins salary cap outlook: Wide receiver

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. 

So far we’ve looked at the offensive tackle position and the interior offensive line. Today the focus is on the interior offensive line. 

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The Redskins currently have XX interior O-linemen under contract.

— Josh Doctson, 2017 cap hit $2.3 million, under contract through 2019
— Jamison Crowder, $751,000, through 2018
— Ryan Grant, $743,400, through 2017
— Maurice Harris, $540,000, through 2017

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—Doctson will play two more years before the Redskins will have to decide whether they should exercise the fifth-year option on their 2016 first-round pick. That option is likely to be in the vicinity of $8 million dollars. Doctson doesn’t have to be a superstar for the Redskins to pick it up but he does have to stay on the field.

—Crowder will be in the third year of his rookie deal. He is not eligible for an extension until after this season. Assuming he’s anywhere near as productive this year as he has been the last two he should be a priority for the Redskins.

—Grant was a 2014 draft pick and he is eligible for an extension. However, I doubt that his agent’s phone is ringing. The coaches love his work ethic and his practice habits but they will see if he can be more productive than he has been before talking about keeping him around longer.

—Harris will be an exclusive-rights free agent after this season and a restricted free agent in 2019.

Positional spending

2016: $23.5 million, 2nd in NFL
2017: $7.0 million, 29th in NFL

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Adding and subtracting:
Outside of the Kirk Cousins contract saga, the talk of the town is what will happen with pending free agent receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson. Will they sign one, the other one, both, or neither?

It seems unlikely that they will let both of them get away. With $62 million in cap space they could afford to sign both but doing so would not be good cap management. Both Jackson and Garçon turned 30 last year and both should get three-year deals worth around $8 to $9 million per year. In a vacuum that might not be too bad, especially considering the cap will grow.

But then you must look at Crowder. If they want to extend him in a year it is likely that he will get a deal in the same range as the two veterans, maybe more considering that he will be just 25 years old. Three contracts that size at one position would create a cap squeeze. They certainly don’t want to risk losing Crowder in order to keep both aging receivers around.

The conventional wisdom is that the team will sign Garçon, who is a better fit in terms being Scot McCloughan’s idea of a “football player” than Jackson in terms of leadership and setting an example. While it would be hard to see someone with Jackson’s unique talent go elsewhere, especially if it’s in the division, Garçon seems to be the better fit with team right now.

Here are those scenarios again what I see as the order of likelihood: Garçon only, neither, Jackson only, both.

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New Giants QB Colt McCoy thinks both Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones have 'a ton of potential'

New Giants QB Colt McCoy thinks both Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones have 'a ton of potential'

Veteran quarterback Colt McCoy has spent over a decade in the NFL and been in the same room as some talented quarterbacks along the way. In 2019, McCoy had an up-close look at Redskins first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins, as the two -- along with Case Keenum -- competed for the starting job in training camp and spent the entire season in the same QB room.

After spending six years with the Redskins, McCoy signed a one-year deal in March to stay in the NFC East with the Giants. in New York, Jones will likely serve as the backup to Daniel Jones, another first-round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft.

During his introductory media session with the Giants on Wednesday, McCoy was naturally asked about the Redskins second-year passer. The veteran used the opportunity to praise both Haskins and his new young quarterback teammate.

"I think Dwayne has a ton of potential, just like Daniel," McCoy said. "I think Daniel played a little bit more [last] year, so he probably has a little more experience. But both of those guys were highly sought after in the draft last year. They both had great college careers and they both have a ton of skill at playing the position."

Last season, the Giants won both matchups between the two squads. Haskins made his NFL debut in the Redskins Week 4 loss to New York, and looked uninspiring. Coming in for an injured Keenum, Haskins threw three interceptions, as New York won handily.

But when the two teams squared off in Week 16, Haskins was a different and much-improved quarterback. The Ohio State product completed 12 of his 15 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and was on his way to the best game of his young career before an ankle injury in the third quarter ended his afternoon, and then his season.

Jones also dazzled in that Week 16 matchup, a game that resulted in a Giants' 41-35 overtime win. The Giants passer turned in his best game as a pro, throwing for a career-high five touchdowns and 352 yards in the victory.

After spending a season working alongside Haskins, McCoy is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with another young quarterback in Jones.

"I know Dwayne is very talented throwing the football," he said. "I’m excited to work with Daniel after having worked with Dwayne last year. I know he has a bright future. His future is bright, his ceiling is high and he seems like a really great person."

Now with the Giants, McCoy is excited for the chance to face Washington, a place he called home for six seasons.

"I get to play against the Redskins for at least this year, and we’ll see what happens," he said. "It should be fun."

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Buffalo Bills GM believes the Redskins misused Josh Norman in their system

Buffalo Bills GM believes the Redskins misused Josh Norman in their system

When it comes to Josh Norman's largely disappointing stint with the Redskins, the blame pie for that stint has two dominant slices.

One of those slices belongs to Norman, obviously. His performance in Washington never matched the massive contract he signed in 2016, and by his last year with the team, he was essentially unplayable. 

He also was involved in lots of non-football activities — from Dancing with the Stars to appearing on pregame shows to jumping over bulls in Spain — and while NFL players absolutely deserve to live their lives the way they want, those things were easy to criticize as his on-field production waned.

However, the front office and coaches own a slice of the pie, too, and it's a hefty one. The Burgundy and Gold made Norman the highest-paid corner in the sport and then inexplicably put him in situations that didn't suit him over and over again. Instead of letting him use his instincts more in zone coverage, for instance, the Redskins left him in spots where his lack of speed was exposed. 

That idea that Norman was misused is something Bills GM Brandon Beane brought up on Thursday. Norman signed with Buffalo in March after Washington released him in February:

Some fans won't want to give Norman any excuse for what transpired during his tenure with the Redskins, but Beane definitely has a point. Even though Norman is much older now than he was when he landed in D.C., don't be surprised if he has a resurgence in 2020 as long as Beane and the Bills are true to their word and devise a better plan for him.

Now, the promising part for Redskins fans is that Ron Rivera has a reputation for getting the absolute most out of players, something that Kendall Fuller and many others have noted. So while Norman's talents were wasted to a certain extent in the past, those kinds of failures will hopefully be much more limited in the future.

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