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Who could be a cap casualty in 2013?

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Who could be a cap casualty in 2013?

Yesterday, we looked at which Redskins players have contracts that expire this season. Today, let's look at a few players who might become free agents due to salaries that are too high for a team that again will have to make things work with an $18 million salary cap penalty.

DeAngelo Hall - He gets a salary bump from $6 million this year to $7.5 million in 2013. Ironically, one of the reasons that the Redskins were slapped with the cap penalty was that they restructured his contract to push all of the cap implications of a $15 million option bonus he was owed into the uncapped 2010 season. This means that the Redskins can release him with two years left on his deal and not have to absorb any dead cap hit. Hall has not played up to the level of his salary this year and unless he is willing to take a substantial pay cut he could find himself a cap casualty.

London Fletcher - It's hard to fathom the Redskins cutting the captain loose but, as they say, it's a business. His 2013 salary is a whopping $5.5 million and, clearly, his productivity is in decline. The Redskins could decide to move on from Fletcher, who will be 38 before next season starts, and make Keenan Robinson the starter. There would be $1.75 million of dead cap if they released him before June 1, leaving net cap savings of $3.75 million.

Santana Moss - He is having a better season than many thought he would but it is hard to see the Redskins paying him $4.15 million next year. Since the 33-year-old is in the last year of his deal the Redskins would still be on the hook for $1.667 million of the signing bonus he got with the contract he signed prior to the 2011 season. That would mean a savings of just under $2.5 million.

Josh Wilson - Depending on how the cornerback market looks in free agency and the draft, the Redskins could decide to start all over again at the position. Wilson has a 2013 salary of $3.9 million in the last year of his deal. There would be $1.33 million in dead cap to deal with so the net savings for releasing Wilson would be about $2.57 million.

Brandon Meriweather - If he can't stay on the field, the Redskins might choose to cut bait on Meriweather who is slated to make $2.45 million next year. With a pre-June release they would have to take $1.5 million of signing bonus as dead cap, resulting in net savings of $950,000.

Reed Doughty - He's a valuable contributor but they might be able to get the same productivity from someone younger (he just turned 30) and cheaper that the $1.15 million he will be due next year.

Who should stay and who should go? Let us know in the comments!

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 17, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The best Redskins players 25 or younger

Here is a look at the best Redskins players who have played at least one season and will be 25 or younger as of Week 1 this year. 

WR Jamison Crowder, 25 as of Week 1—Crowder hit the ground running in his first year, with 59 receptions, a team rookie record, and gaining 604 yards. He has been very dependable in his three years, averaging 64 catches, 747 yards, and four receiving touchdowns per year. 

OLB Preston Smith, 25—Since he came into the league, no player but Smith has at least 20.5 sacks, three or more interceptions, and four or more forced fumbles. His sack numbers tend to be up and down from week to week, but Jay Gruden has said more than once that Smith is very consistent in getting pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t always get home for the sack. 

DL Matt Ioannidis, 24—A year ago it was thought that he would face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. Now goes into the season as a starter and key contributor. The 2016 fifth-round pick got much stronger between his first and second seasons and he took well to the coaching of new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Only a broken hand that cost him two games and had him playing with an awkward cast for a few more kept him from threatening to make double-digit sacks. 

DL Jonathan Allen, 23—The Redskins were just starting to get a hint of what Allen could do early in the season. Pro Football Focus credited him with a total of three sacks in the Redskins third and fourth games. But in their fifth game, he suffered a foot injury that ended his season. Allen was a full go for the offseason program and there is no reason to think that he won’t pick back up right where he left off. 

S Montae Nicholson, 22—Like Allen, Nicholson’s rookie season was shortened due to injuries. He took advantage of the absence of anticipated starter Su’a Cravens and made an impact from the beginning. While the 2017 fourth-round pick and free-agent pickup D.J. Swearinger were in the lineup the decade-long struggles the Redskins have had at the safety position were suddenly gone. 

Best of the rest: WR Josh Doctson (25), C Chase Roullier (25)

It should be noted that DL Daron Payne turned 21 in May and RB Derrius Guice will the 21 later this month so they could be joining this list soon. Assuming those two start, the Redskins will have nine quality starters aged 25 or younger this year. 

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Timeline  

Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder was born on this date in 1993. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 39
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 53
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 76

The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 84 days. 

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