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Need to Know: Five Redskins who could be cap casualties

Mar 6, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 6, five days before the start of NFL free agency.

Nickel coverage

The Redskins made some moves to clear some salary cap money on Tuesday. They may not be done. Here are five more players they could release to clear more salary cap space.

DE Stephen Bowen (cap savings $1.98 million)—This one is tougher than many think it is. Yes, the fact that he had microfracture surgery on his knee is an issue, especially on a big D-lineman around the age of 30. But it’s not the career death sentence it used to be. Bowen could be offered a contract with a reduction in his base salary of $4.4 million with an opportunity to make it back up in incentives and per-game roster bonuses.

G Chris Chester ($2.7 million)—After a solid 2012 he was “just a guy” or perhaps worse last year. And a $3 million base salary calls for being more than “just a guy”. You could move up 2012 draft picks Josh LeRibeus or Adam Gettis and they could be mediocre for a whole lot less money.

OT Tyler Polumbus ($2.5 million)—The worst thing that happened to Polumbus is the $1 million salary escalator that kicked in for this season. At his original cap number of $1.6 million he might have been able to fly under the radar survive as a backup. But at $2.6 million he might not be around unless he’s the starter and that seems to be far from certain right now.

C Will Montgomery ($1.925 million)—A complete housecleaning on the offensive line with the exception of Trent Williams is not out of the question, given that Jay Gruden showed a preference for larger linemen while he was at Cincinnati.

DE Jarvis Jenkins ($1.03 million)—Yes, this would be a major surprise but Jenkins has been a disappointment. If they decide to upgrade at defensive end, they could help pay for it with Jenkins’ million bucks.

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  1. abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    I can’t see the Redskins giving up on their 2011 2nd round pick just yet to save a measly million dollars.

    I explained why in an article I wrote last week.

    Jenkins has had one heck of a start to the beginning of his career, as has Leonard Hankerson.

    In 2011, he was locked out till August as a rookie. Despite that he was still a candidate to take Carriker’s job at LDE.

    Then, third preseason game he tore his ACL, as we’ve learned with ACL’s not everyone is Adrian Peterson in coming back from those injuries. Especially a 315 pound De/NT.

    So, no rookie year.

    2012, he had to rehab from the injury all offseason – so, no improving his game – ala RG3 last off season.

    It was clear he didn’t have his explosion back in 2012. He was good vs the run as our run D went from 18 to 5 with him playing valuable reps at LDE.

    In 2013, he got suspended for the first 4 games, he was shocked by it and didn’t even know how it happened. So he missed the first month of the season, then, we had a bye week – so he went 5 weeks within playing football to start the season.

    The second half of the year he started to play better, he and Baker did from what I saw.

    Jenkins started 5 of the final 8 games. He had 2 sacks in those games, but really they were like 3 sacks because two of them were 1/2 sacks. So essentially, he got to the Qb 3 times in the final two months of the season. Not bad for a 315 defensive lineman
    - better than the rest of our defensive lineman.

    He also had 22 tackles in the final two months of games. So, if he takes that production into next year, you’re looking at a 40-45 tackle and 4-6 tackle defensive end.

    I think he’s going to break out – which is what I wrote about in my prediction article on what young redskins will breakout in 2014

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:37 AM

      You are probably right. But that’s quite a litany of excuses you’ve come up with. At some point, it has to be about production, right?

      To Jay Gruden and, to an extent, Bruce Allen, he’s not a second-round pick. Jenkins was Shanahan’s pick, there’s no loyalty, nothing at stake. He’s just a guy with a million-dollar contract. If they don’t think he’s worth it he’s in jeopardy.

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      • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:44 AM

        Truth is truth though. I don’t consider it an excuse if it’s the truth.

        If rg3 struggles again this year because of his knee, are you going to say cut him? Or we need to give up on him and start cousins?

        The truth is the truth and Jenkins played a lot better the final 8 games of last year. Seemed to me he was turning the corner, and I think everyone saw that by Baker but they were blind to Jenkins’ production which was in fact better and more consistent than Baker’s – especially vs the run, but even in pas rush with a handful of pressures that I saw and 2 Qb sacks, which were really like 3.

        • Chris - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM

          I don’t see Jenkins being cut personally. With the release of Carriker and maybe Bowen the Redskins would be thin at defensive line with plenty of other needs looming. Not to mention he did seem to play a lot better as the season wore on. As a young guy at a position that the Redskins don’t really have money to drastically upgrade I don’t see him going anywhere this year.

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:42 AM

          And production is production and if it’s not there that is also the truth.

          Not buying the Peterson analogy with the knee. AD was injured in December, Jarvis’ came in August. He had almost 13 months to recover.

          Again, I think the chances are against this happening. But if you need to create cap space you have to go where the money is and Jenkins is one of the few left who could clear $1 million or more in cap space.

        • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:43 AM

          He also weighs 100 LBs more than Peterson. Moore weight on the knee affects his impact coming off surgery.

          It’s not an excuse it’s a matter of truth

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:57 AM

          Still not buying. JJ also doesnt have to stop, cut, accelerate, etc., like a RB does.

          And I didnt expect an MVP and near-record performance from him. He didnt have to threaten Strahans sack record. But how about a sack or two and not being a total non-factor in most games in your comeback season.

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        • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:41 AM

          Did you read what I wrote?

          He had a sack and two half sacks – meaning he got to the Qb and out him down 3 times. All within the final 6 to 8 games.

          For our 2 gap defense where he has run responsibility before rushing the passer that’s what you’d expect in a 6 to 8 game stretch from a 3-4 DE.

          You prorate that out over a season, that’s 42 tackles and 4 sacks.

          You wouldn’t take that from a 3-4 de?

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:46 AM

          I was referring to 2012. His sack total was zero. And a quick look at ’13 shows me just 2 sacks. I guess you can round that up to three if you want to.

          And nice to prorate his stats out but he was suspended for his own stupidity, taking a non-approved supplement. That, of course, if you want to believe that. Who’s to say it won’t happen again.

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        • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM

          2012 was his rookie year because he didn’t play in 2011 because of the ACL injury.

          Then 2013 he was suspended didn’t play the first 5 weeks.

          We saw what he was the final 6-8 games of the year. Jenkins brought the Qb down three times in that 6-8 game stretch in 2013. He had two- 1/2 sacks which equate to him taking the Qb down twice with another player.

          Then you add his Qb sack vs the Vikings.

          Can he play better yeah?

          I think he will considering 2014 will be his third year with paying time in the NFL and in a 3-4 scheme

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:55 AM

          Sounds like you’re really stretching to justify a guy making a million bucks. We’ll see how it works out.

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        • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:44 AM

          And, 2012 was essentially JJ’s rookie year because he didn’t play one snap in 2011 and he was coming off the ACL injury

        • kenlinkins - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:55 AM

          Trying to compare RG3 (2nd guy taken) with a price tag of 3 number one picks plus a 2nd and a 2nd round draft (number 41 over all) pick just doesn’t seem fair. When you add QB who had a rookie of the year start vs. DE/DT who Could have been a starter, well I think you see my point. Do you think that Jenkins would have the same trade value as RG3? One of the things I have been trying to figure out is how far will GM Allen and coach Gruden are going to clear the decks of lower production guys / guy they see as not fitting the new Redskins system. Do they see Free Agents out there that can replace some of the low production / million dollar guys we still have under contract? Is there required talent that we can buy if we let go guys like the ones list above (and use Stop Gap as back ups). After every move I ask, “Is there a message here”? What does this mean? To date still to early for me to get a read on “The Plan”. Is Jenkins at risk, yes, could he break out this year, yes. I would call it 50%/ 50% which is not the 90% sure deal he started with in 2013.

    • Michael Thomas - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      The idea of cutting Jarvis Jenkins to save a million dollars is pretty bad. If one million dollars made all the difference, than Kory lichtensteiger should be here. Host cut would save about the same in monetary terms, but we could argue his production was far less than JJ’s, and he does not fit what will be grudens scheme going forward.

      • internetcareer - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        agree Michael Thomas. Cutting Jenkins is NOT going to happen. He is in that free agency period. You know. That period when the Rookie contract is coming to an end and so he has one single shot at that 2nd contract…which is the BIG one for players. Jenkins if healthy, will be the left defensive end. The SKINS have far greater problems to worry about for instance NOSE TACKLE. Go find a frikken NOSE TACKLE. what is difficult to understand about the fact that the Redskins are the only team running a 3-4 defensive for the last four years WITHOUT A NOSE TACKLE. hey..maybe that might be one reason their defense sucks against the run. ya think…hello….Haslett….hello…are ya listening???

        • alextwrs - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

          Is Raji available, hes has declined since his stellar rookie yr, but lets face it, hes on another level than Cofiled simply based on his strength and size.

        • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

          Packers just re-signed him 1 yr deal worth 4 million

  2. shermanp79 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    I think Jenkins will be around through TC which makes it likely he will play the year here. He has had a lot of stuff but should be more by now. We all know by now Shanahans decisions deserve my questions. I don’t know what it really means with his rookie TC. We have heard it so much about the young guys. I don’t think he was going to start that year. I hope he can be a big part of the rotation next year. All those guys can be replaced but who and how much do they cost? I want them to sign a C and G and have Hurt or one of the other young guys start at RG. I think Polumbus has improved but that escalator hurt him. I wonder how much we would save if signed a RT. My feeling is the line needs to be fixed. RG3s health is key to our future. It is one area where a bit of age and experience would help. I wonder if they want to restructure him? We can’t sign 4 OL so 2 positions will have to be from guys already here. The line did play better in 2012 but protection was still lacking at times. I guess they all could play better but I want bigger guys up the middle. I know size doesn’t mean better overall play but those guys just get run over too much. I am not surprised with Montgomery and Chester are on the list, I really think they both need to be replaced. I would prefer to keep Montgomery as a back up guy. I think Bowen is gone. I hope they get a big NT into the rotation either a FA or drafted guy. I want a group of guys with different strengths. Why I have mentioned a tall guy to get into passing lanes. The best defenses are built with a rotation on the DL. I would be curious to see the money the Skins have slotted for each position. I’m sure they know how much of cap for the OL ,DL,secondary, etc… I am kind of excited to see how the Skins approach FA and the Draft. I may be CRAZY but I believe they are in a better position since the change. There may need to be more staff changes but not doing them all and giving guys a one year shot to prove themselves may help. I still want RYAN from NY LOL I think that he is a difference making DC..

  3. colmac69 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    With interior linemen poss candidates for getting released u hope couple of young guys like leribeus or gettis b ready to step up…but as it got pointed out a few days ago the redskins always seem to b a team that doesn’t develope young players into starters no matter who has bn coach….wouldnt think u release all three linemen but one certainly if u nd cap space…as for bowen and jenkins thats tough..u got bowen who has played well his first season and half but inj during 2012 then missing big part of 2013 and jenkins who has struggled after his inj but played better last 5, 6 games of 2013 season…if u can upgrade ends then quite poss both could get cut…we nd more push from our front 3 across the board and its doubtful if we currently have players to achieve this..can only wait and c how nxt couple months play out

    • kenlinkins - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      The lack of development of many of our draft picks over the years is just shocking and a key reason why this team has been so bad for so many years IMO. I hope that changes with the new staff.

      • thankslittlebrandonbanks - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        Agreed100%. Is it all due to lack of development or is some of the responsibility placed on the fact that we have lacked so many early round picks since the Griffin draft?

  4. hailyeah1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    no matter cap casualties or not the whole system in place penalizes the richer teams trying to level the playing field for poorer teams in smaller markets also helping players to be able to move thru free agency after a certain time .it also make a mess out of the off season every year trying do exactly what our team is doing now, trying to crunch numbers to get players we need signed and upgrade positions on the team .
    Adopting a salary structure simular to ,based roughly on entry level and years of service raises like all other businesses do or in other words set a certain limit on what can be earned each year and have bonuses for exceptional play by making the playoffs ,winning the superbowl etc,,,,, that would t level the playing field but puts a dent in free agency since a player couldn’t really earn more money moving to another team to make more money.
    The sad part is most of us commenting on this make 20 to 50 thousand a year worrying about our players earning millions for playing basically a kids game …

    now with that said they probably keep Jenkins who is is now ready to have his breakout season after injury and that untimely suspension which was something of a surprise so to speak.
    Bowen play dropped off he might end up a casualty .
    Now with Chester ,Montgomery and Polumbus thats 3/5s of the starting line ,if released, all or any of them, you better have their replacements either there or on their way which is another can of worms….

    • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      True story. Cutting Chester, Bowen, Monty, Kory L and Polumbus creates holes. Then you have to go out and sign their replacements and still need an upgrade at #2 WR, ILB (possibly 2 if Riley is gone), a starting caliber FS and a nickel CB.

      Those transactions add up

      • internetcareer - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        right on but most of these EXPERTS who post here just say the same stupid things. They want to cut eveybody and replace them with a 4th or 5th round draft pick….as though you take any starter out and just put in “a guy”. Does anybody associated with the Skins have a 2 year mentality or does everybody think that ALL HOLES MUST BE FILLED IMMEDIATLEY!!! NFL franchises are built through the draft over 3-4 years and the 1 or 2 major holes are filled with a free agent.

        What is the opposite??? trying to fill all the holes in one single year by overpaying free agents and by trading draft picks away at the same time. i.e. 2nd round draft pick for McNabb……14 draft picks for RG3…etc etc.. I have just layed out the method for developing a winner in the NFL. drafting, develping, and then filling with a free agent when you are ready to compete. for more info…see San Francisco or Seattle or Philadelphia. The Eagles entire offense and all their playmakers were drafted and groomed, not imported.

        • hailyeah1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

          agreed the future is now attitude is long gone with the” over the hill gang”
          even though it was fun to watch a bunch of old men stick it to Dallas every chance they got.
          that had to get under Tom Landry’s skin. and if today we had them and beat Dallas on a regular Jerry Jones would be livid and try to sign every old player he could find to try to one up us LOL!!!

  5. kjp0810 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Colts signed ILB D’Qwell Jackson to a four-year, $22 million contract. Does that set the bar on Riley talks? I think Riley is a tier below him as well.

    • internetcareer - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      no way kjp0810 is Jackson a tier above Perry Riley. What are you talking about.?????? Last year Jackson had a great year for tackles and had more than Riley. The year before that Perry had more tackles than Jackson. Perry Riley is entering his PRIME at age 25 and Jackson is past his prime and is a solid starter but not going to improve after a career year. That is a decent contract the Colts gave Jackson and Riley certainly deserves the same. I can only hope that the Redskins are offering the same contract to Riley and that he accepts it because his best days are still to come and I would love to see him come back.

      • kjp0810 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        What are you talking about? Jackson is much better in coverage and against the run and is an actual leader. The metrics at PFF back that up. Riley does not deserve the same. You think the amount of tackles you get determines the pecking order or linebackers. FYI, Jackson had 141 in 2013 and 118 in 2012. Riley had 115 in 2013 and 129 in 2012. Not exactly that big of a difference. Also, he had 1 pick and 1 FF the past 3 years of starting. Jackson had 4 picks and 4 FF that same time. You clearly don’t know what you are talking about. You watch Riley come back to the Skins in a month or so and accept the a deal on the team’s terms.

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

          Hey, let’s please keep it civil here. Not just referring to this comment, a few others in here. You can make your point without calling others idiots or dummies, or anything like that. In fact, if you make it well enough you won’t have to say it.

          Thanks.

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        • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

          I took more out of his post that Jackson and Riley are about equal now.

          You don’t pay a free agent on what they’ve done. You pay them on what think they will continue to do or develop to become.

          In Jackson’s case, he’s good (not great) his best days are behind him.

          In Riley’s case, he’s a good blitzer, good vs the run, and athletic but has bad recognition on pass plays.

          What you should be thinking of is Riley a Garçon type? Can Riley become a much better player?

          I think most would agree that Riley hasn’t tapped out on potential yet. I think he’s just barely touched it.

          So, projecting out, like they did in 2011 with Garçon, I can see Riley playing much better over the next 3-4 years and becoming a good to very good ILB.

          That’s why you keep him at a D’Qwell Jackson type contract, but no way would I give him a Ellerbe type deal. Frankly, I wouldn’t have given Ellerbe that deal based off of just one season.

        • alextwrs - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

          Its funny how if we would have offered 22 million for 4 yrs Dqwell would have ran for the hills, but the COLTS (stable organization w/ an up and coming offense and weak def) easily got a top five MLB on the cheap. mmmmmmmmmmm…….. this gets to me big time…… yea he is that good and no, 30 yrs old doesnt scare me when hes 100 tackles a yr every yr.

    • abanig - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Riley is 5 or 6 years younger. It’s not really equivalent but I think a deal like that for Riley makes sense and he’ll end up getting that

      • Michael Thomas - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        $5.5 million average salary for D. Jackson should push Riley back down to a lower salary…5 year $30 million, $5 million bonus, $14 million guaranteed (salary+bonus), yr1-$3, yr2-$4, yr3-$4, yr4-$7, yr5-$7. If the bonus is split at $2 million year 1, and $1 million after over the contract you only have a $5 million cap hit for the first three years, and little risk for years four and five if he doesn’t produce, since the guaranteed money has been paid out. If he does produce at a high lev, than $7 million isn’t bad and you can restructure and extend more easily the since you won’t owe any bonus money on the last year of the deal.

        • abanig - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

          You’re not favoring in potential. It’s like with Garçon. We paid him and even Cofield, Carriker and Bowen for what we thought they “could become” not for what they had done.

          Free agency should not be treated too
          Much different than the draft and it isn’t treated different for the best, consistent winning organizations.

          They pick up free agents who look like they could break out in their next year or they keep their own and develop them.

          They only pick an older 30 year old + vet up when they think they’re close to making a Super Bowl run.

          That’s why I think signing Riley to a deal like Jackson’s deal is perfect!

          We aren’t playing him like he just helped a team win a Super Bowl, but we aren’t low balling him and acting like he didn’t do anything for us for 4 years. We’re meeting him in the middle and paying him 4 years 22 million, 5.5 avg per season with 11 million in guarentees

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      I certainly can work to the Redskins’ favor as a counter to the Ellerbe and Butler deals.

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      • colmac69 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Contract for jackson could b gd figure for redskins to start with riley..maybe 4yrs for 24 with perhaps 10-12 mill guaranteed. ..tie riley btwn 25-28 age….b interesting to c what transpires over nxt few wks….free agency will obviously dictate how we approach draft

      • kjp0810 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Rich, what about LB Vincent Rey from Cinncinnati? He is a RFA, but no compensation tied to him. He got positive grades in his 3 starts last year from PFF and Special Teams captain plus Bengals connection with Gruden.

  6. dcsportsfan2277 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    It is time for the youngsters to step up! LeRibeus, Compton, Gettis, ARobinson, Hankerson, Reed on offense. JJenkins, BJenkins, Thomas, Rambo, KRobinson, Crawford on defense. All these players were draft picks that really need to show what they can do!

    That is a lot of potential talent that is on the cheap side and should be able to be coached up. In FA, the focus should be on S, RT, RG. ILB. In the draft look for WR, S, OL and CB.

    If these youngsters can take the next step we will be in a much better team next year! HTTR!

  7. scirishhoss - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Should cut all of them except Jenkins. 2nd rounder from 2011 should get another year… Were already weak on the DLine, might as well keep the young run stuffer around.

  8. mtreanor2 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Hey Rich – random thought/concern. Do you find it odd that Bowen or Chester weren’t in the first wave of cuts? I can understand if they are thinking about restructuring Bowen (or having him take a pay cut to stay) but I don’t know why they’d still keep Chester around. I’d think they’d let them both go early to give them an opportunity to find a new job elsewhere.

    My concern is that it’s much easier for a fan to say “cut ____ to save ____”. The staff/front office might have a different mindset and think Bowen is still a “valuable” piece to the locker room.

    I personally think it’s a new regime, so we might as well cut the older, expensive guys who aren’t playing as well as they used to, and start getting younger.

    • abanig - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      I said it once, I’ll say it again. Forester was the ravens off line coach when Chester was drafted. Forester is our offensive line coach – that means Chester is a favorite of his position coach. There’s a chance he stays.

      Bowen is a favorite of Jim Haslett, if it wasn’t for Haz – Bowen, Carriker & Cofield would have never played for the Washington Redskins.

      Bowen is supposed to be healthy by this summer. They may wait on him to see of they have to cut him during or after training camp.

      Yes, it sounds sexy to cut Bowen right now and have 2 million to go for a younger DE or NT but when Bowen is healthy and there is a good DE opposite him on the left side, Bowen gives you 6 sacks like he did in 2011. Bowen has also been a good run defender since we signed him.
      In 2011 and 12 he graded our as one of the what run defenses in the NFL.

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