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Need to Know: Five possible Redskins cap casualties

Jan 3, 2014, 5:51 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 3, 67 days before the start of free agency.

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It’s a fact of life that players get cut during the offseason in order for a team to create more cap space. The presence of a new coaching staff can make for even more cap casualties. Here are five players the Redskins could consider releasing in order to create more cap room (or just to save money):

1. DE Stephen Bowen has a $4.4 million salary and a $7.02 million cap number. He ended the season on injured reserve with a knee injury after being hobbled with another knee injury in the latter part of the 2012 season. He is a team leader but his productivity does not justify his cap number. Cap savings: $1.98 million

2. G Chris Chester went from being an asset on the line in 2012 to being a liability last year. The team can find someone to do the job at right guard for less than his $3 million salary and $4.3 million cap number. Cap savings: $2.7 million

3. It’s tough to release an injured player but the Redskins face a dilemma with DE Adam Carriker. It’s still not certain that he will be able to play this season after missing last year and most of 2012 with a quad injury. It’s tough to commit a $4.7 million salary and $6.76 million in cap space to a player in his situation. Cap savings: $3.24 million

4. In the grand scheme of the NFL salary cap, $1.36 million for a player isn’t a whole lot of money. But P Sav Rocca was 29th in gross punting average and dead last in net average. Someone much younger (Sav is 40) and cheaper could get that done. Cap savings: $1.2 million

5. Again, we’re not talking about a huge amount of money here but it is hard to envision OT Tyler Polumbus starting at right tackle in 2014. And you could probably find a backup for less than the $1 million he is slated to make. Cap savings: $1 million

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—In 2012 the Redskins gained 6.2 yards per offensive play, tops in the NFL. This year they averaged 5.3 per play, 18th.

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—On this date in 2001, Marty Schottenheimer signed a four-year contract to become the Redskins’ head coach

Days until: NFL free agency 67; 2014 NFL Draft 125; 2014 Opening Sunday 247

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  1. kenlinkins - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Rich, How about these guys, what would be the cap savings be if we cut these under performing (IMO) players: Paulsen $1.337M, Meriweather $3.713M, Montgomery $3.427M, Lichtenteiger $3.3M? (I do not know how to figure the dead money cutting these players, is there any savings at all or would it be better to keep them as back ups due to dead money. Also, IYO what is the fair market value for these Free Agent guys in 2014: Morgan $5.1M, Moss $4.169M, Wilson $3.334M, Davis $2.5M, Bigger $1.5M, Hall $1.25M. (I only see D. Hall as being able to ask for more money in 2014). Do you think we could sign D. Hall on a 3 year deal at $4M a year (years 1&2 paid for sure). AND do you see as much turn over this year as I do. I figure 24 new faces on the 53 man roster.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Hey, you’re basically asking me to write a post in the comments. I’ll be posting on all players in great detail here and on CSN. But, in short, Paulsen is a keeper for special teams if nothing else. And I’ve heard Meriweather has some guaranteed $ so cutting him might not save much.

      For the rest, stay tuned.

      • kenlinkins - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Didn’t mean to try and steal your thunder, but after the 2013 season I want to start looking at the 2014 season. Thanks for the quick reply.

  2. aprilwalker2013 - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I hear ya Rich, hope they give Carriker a chance to see if he’s gonna be able to play but.. Hear ya on that..

  3. colmac69 - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Resign orapko, hall, baker, riley, merriweather (thot he played well last 3, 4 games),release bowen, carriker, wilson, jenkins, biggars,, nxt yr ret starters cofield, orapko, kerrigan, riley, hall, merriweather, perhaps amerson can step up and start opp hall,,, get replacement for fletcher, upgrade ends and upgrade at free safety,,,, maybe a new def co with diff schemes will get more reward from certain players,, maybe b more aggressive at crucial points in games unlike haslett who went soft zone coverage that opposing qbs destroyed because our pass rush with 3, 4 was non existent,,some back up and a few new guys who want to play s/t,,, new punter is essential, kicker and long snapper are fine

    • aprilwalker2013 - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Wow colmac69!! Know we gotta little cash this year but enough for almost entire new defense??!! HaHa! Don’t forget about the OLine everybody been screaming about all year, even though we have 2 of best in NFL!! Just messing with ya.. HTTR

      • colmac69 - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        I hear you my friend. ….o-line nds an upgrade and another receiver to suplament garcon (maybe hankerson can step up)…if rg gets back to last yr form offense will b fine…we got some gd parts for nxt few yrs…with cap just now plus player releases u prob b looking 30 mill of space…hopefully guys like rambo can step up..u got thomas off ir to c what he can do…gd draft hopefully we in business…someone has to have some positivity bout skins!!!!!

        • aprilwalker2013 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

          Right..right.. I understand what you saying..no where to go but up I guess!! HTTR

    • rcjur - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      I agree with most of what is said but defense really needs to go back to a 4-3. Other release’s should include Doughty, Gholston and Paul. Skins should go TE combo next season with Reed and Davis along with 2 WR’s to further help Skins take their offense to another level. Forget the FB starter thing to block fr RB and please do not resign WR’s Moss or Morgan. This team really needs an overhaul.

      Release Doughty, Gholston, Paul, Bowen, Carriker, Wilson, Jenkins, Biggers, Polumbus, Chester, Rocca and Lichtenteiger. Replace them all. OLine in FA along with a DE, CB and LB with everything else in the draft. That’s the list right there. Make it happen.

  4. obxfannings - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Releasing Bowen is a killer load of dead money for us. Carricker and Sav are no brainers. Chester’s contract is actually pretty good dollar-wise – performance is over my pay grade. JOSH MORGAN – can’t believe his name is not on the chopping block. He has a 10 million dollar cap hit, cut him and it’s 3.7 million in dead money, a saving of 6.3 million – that’s a lot of line help $$ to play with. Retooling both lines – offense either zone blocking light linemen or power running, pass protecting big guys and defense either 3-4 or 4-3 ( i think we are good for both personnel-wise). Keep cheap contracts for depth, drop older players (Moss, Rocca), drop those who have let us down miserably (Wilson, Morgan, Montgomery), keep high energy locker room guys who tackle on Special teams ( Paul, Doughty). i figured these moves got us to about 90 million with 37 million to spend. Check out OvertheCap.com for a great view of how we stand (check the Salary Cap Calculator – very well done). Humbly submitted…

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:52 AM

      Morgan’s contract voids as does Fletcher’s so there’s nothing to be done there. Bowen’s dead cap would be hard to swallow but so would his salary.

  5. kenlinkins - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I think that many of us are looking at this all wrong and have the Cart in front of the horse. If you think like me that Coach Shanahan was the large problem, play calling on both O and D, using his Dog house to control the team, favoring his son, allow other coach’s to hire their son, hurting the D by using 3-4 against DC wish’s, then the first steps are A. New Head Coach B. New OC and OC Staff C. Review D coaching staff D. Rebuild Offence first with Better O-line, WR’s by using both Draft and Free Agents E. Fix as much D with 4-3 and Special teams as we can in 2014. Our only Free Agents we must sign after we TAG Orakpo (adds $4M to cap) is Riley (Adds $5M to Cap) D. Hall (Adds $4M to Cap) TOTAL $13 Million, Guys like Jackson, Meriweather , Doughty, Baker ,Gumbs, and Crawford together will only add another $1.5 million (over last years cost) on one year contracts. That’s the easy part. Now we must find RT, RG, C, LG and 2 Top WR types and resign WR Robinson for under $23 million in 2014 using Draft and Free Agents. With a O-Line that RG3 will trust, he will never step into his throws or develop into a pocket passer (that can run). I know we had the worst D and Special teams in the NFL in 2013, but the NFL is a QB’s league, and without better O-Line and WR’s we are hurting our QB and will have to start over again in 2014 with damaged goods at QB. (assumes Cousins is not a NFL Starting QB until 2015 and yes we keep him as insurance for the RG3 deal until 2015). If we can just get a little better on Defense (player wise) and believe that Shanahan was the cause of the bad D play calling, then we must find out in 2014 if RG3 is for real, and we can only do that by fixing the Offence first and place our total efforts (draft picks, trades, Free Agent money) there. SO with that said, WHO are the 2 WR’s, RG,C,LG, RT we need to draft or sign away from other teams? (we will have to use our LG,RG as back ups in 2014 due to over priced contracts with a ton of Dead Money if we cut them).

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