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Cap could hit $160 million in 2016, Redskins will need it

Mar 7, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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It was just over a week ago that we heard that the NFL salary cap would be $133 million this year, somewhere in the vicinity of $140 million next year and $150 million in 2016.

Well, those future numbers could be growing already.

Mike Florio of our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk said that the cap could jump to $145 million next year and up to $160 million in 2016, according to a source.

As Florio points out, this increase should not come as a big surprise. Big increases in TV rights deals kick in this year and since the cap is calculated on revenues from the previous year, the new contracts will add to the money available to spend on player salaries starting in 2015.

The Redskins will be happy to take any cap room that might be available down the road. For one thing, in 2016 Robert Griffin III will either be in the option year of his contract making in the vicinity of $15 million for the season or on a long-term contract that, depending on his performance, will pay him something between $15 and $20 million per year. A jump in the cap would be a good way to cover some of that expense.

In addition, the Redskins will have Trent Williams, Alfred Morris and Ryan Kerrigan slated to be free agents that year. And if they give Brian Orakpo the franchise tag again next year, they will have to make a decision on him in 2016 as well.

The Redskins will have a lot of tough decision to make in 2016 but if they do indeed have $27 million more to work with then than they do now it will make those decision a bit easier.

  1. colmac69 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Can skins sign kerrigan to long term contract after 2014 season since he would b free agent if they didnt use option yr?do morris and williams have option yrs as well?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      They could sign Kerrigan to an extension this afternoon if they wanted to. Only 1st-roud picks from 2011 on are subject to option. So on current roster itís Kerrigan and RG.

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  2. colmac69 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Thanks for that….if skins are sensible nxt couple yrs then they should b in decent position,with xpected slary cap rise, to deal with players come end of 2015 season…

  3. skinsdiehard - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Tich – I dont get why you and Tarik think drafting a strong safety in the 3rd round or 4th round this year is any better than having Phillip Thomas come back. HE WAS A 4TH ROUND selection. He should be able to play. He is healed from his injury. Why does every roster spot have to be filled, in your eyes, by a veteran? If the team does that, the next thing you will write is that they are too old. When they play young players, they are too young or unproven. There is no need at SS in my eyes. Thomas was picked for that purpose. He is fine. Move on. They only need a FS because Rambo failed. Why do you guys also discount Keenan Robinson? Keenan Robinson should be just as good as Chris Borland. He’s definitely faster. I just dont understand the exaggeration of holes on this team. Most 3-13 teams suffer from no QB. The Skins are that rare 3-13 team that has a QB that was rookie of the year. QB improved play is going to be the determining factor for this team next year, watch. If RG3 reduces his turnovers, the team will be better.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Actually, I want as many draft picks and in as many spots as possible. But Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden simply can’t look at Thomas and say, yeah, we’re good there. He showed some flashes here and there before he got injured but he didn’t show that he is an immediate starter.

      The same with Keenan Robinson. You can’t just say, sure, he’s our starter. He hasn’t played since Thanksgiving of 2012. Without looking it up, I think he played 50 snaps that year.

      You can hope that Thomas and Robinson are ready. But hope isn’t a plan.

      They need to bring in at least stopgap veterans at those spots. In fact, I’d prefer a stopgap veteran, someone who has a contract set up so that you can bench him if the younger player can beat him out.

      Bottom line, if you have a player who was drafted on Saturday and has little to zero NFL experience, you have a hole at that position.

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      • kenlinkins - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Rich, The list of Redskins draft picks after the first round over the last 3 years who have had a major injury, have not developed into anything special (starter) or even to make the team in year 2 seem to be very long. Is this more that just bad luck? Also, if the Cap number increases to $160 million in a few years what impact will that have on contracts for guys looking to sign their 2 nd contract? How will GM get the most out of the extra money?

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