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Dollars likely to flow freely when free agency starts

Mar 9, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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There are some indications that the dollars will flow freely during the free agency period that starts Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk quoted a league source who said as much on Saturday. “Deals will be higher across this year across the board. Teams will be spending this year.”

One team that spent already is the Packers. They gave cornerback Sam Shields a four-year, $39 million deal to stay in Green Bay. Shields will receive a $12.5 million signing bonus and at total of $30 million in the first three years of the deal.

After being very soft last year, the cornerback market is back. Brent Grimes is staying in Miami for $32 million over four years. There is said to be a lot of interest in Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner. If the Redskins do want to get in the bidding on Patriots cornerback Aquib Talib, as has been rumored, they will have to be create to fit what may well be a $10 million per year contract under the cap.

The cash should flow to other positions as well. Simple math dictates that it should. The salary cap increased $10 million this year, from $123 million per team in 2013 to $133 million. That gives the teams some immediate cash to work with

And there’s more money coming. The cap is expected to leap into the neighborhood of $160 million in 2016 as new TV deals kick in. That will enable teams to backload money into future years without as much of a cap crunch.

Perhaps most important, teams are now forced to spend the money. The CBA requires teams to spend 89 percent of the unadjusted cap on a rolling four-year average. Without getting into the fog of the details, it means that the 15 teams that have about $20 million or more in cap space (with $22 million, the Redskins are in that group) will not be able to sit on that pile of cash.

  1. colmac69 - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Hopefully they spend it wisely!!!wouldnt give talib money which seems to b going rate..I b happy with hall and amerson as starters…get riley signed and sort out safety position then take it from there

  2. internetcareer - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    This has been the longest 5 weeks in History since the Superbowl ended. What has seemed like an eternity is now coming to a close and yet it has almost been enjoyable. For the first time since Dan Snyder bought the team, there is a strange sound coming from Redskins park. It has been emanating since just before the Superbowl actually. I keep hearing it over and over. Do you hear it also??? Listen carefully, because it is an unusual sound coming out of there: It is SILENCE. do you hear it now. Total Silence. No rumors, bickering, back stabbing, talk of Redskins One flying around the country in stealth mode, no agents lining up at Snyder’s door to pitch 100 million dollar contracts, no RG3 subway or Adida’s commercials, and no video diary of what Robert Griffn had for breakfast today or how many pushups he could do. It’s Silence….AND I LOVE it.

    The Bruce Allen era has begun.

    • kenlinkins - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I was just about to post the same thing. The lack of drama coming from Redskins Park must be causing the Washington Post to lose readership. Even the tagging of Orakpo and not being able to sign Riley didn’t cause the team / coach to leak everything to the press daily. I have been trying to figure out what the Plan is for 2014 and the lack information still has me guessing. To date the moves seems spot on, Signing D. Hall early in a year where CB’s are Hot again and more money is on the table turn out to be a wise move. Keeping RG3 off every TV talk show seems to have calming effect. I can not remember the last Redskins I saw “under a bus” ! These are all very good things and a very good start for the 2014 season (even if it is harder to figure out the Plan).

      • murphsman - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:55 AM

        Resigning Hall when we did probably was one of the smartest things we could have done. And yes the sound of silence is a nice change. Probably shows there’s a culture change now that Shannys gone.

  3. scirishhoss - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Stay away from the top tier free agents. Were not 1 or 2 top players away from being great. We need to sign younger players who are on the possible rise that come with more reasonable contracts. We need to add multiple players who can help. Hopefully they can get Bowen to take a pay cut to add some more space. I’d like to see 1 offensive lineman be cut as well to free money.

    • internetcareer - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      This Redskins team is one year removed from winning the division but in my view is still 2 years away from being a true Superbowl contender. There is nothing wrong with a TWO year plan for a change instead of a year to year plan for 20 years that results in failure. Spend wisely and get younger players who fit the system, are trouble free team players, and will be able to contribute even more in 2015…. PERRY RILEY fits the bill. Take that 9 million that Talib would cost and sign Perry Riley AND an offensive lineman and then draft another offensive lineman and linebacker and be done with it. Next year the #1 PICK returns to the Skins.

      • darrynhyman - Mar 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Agreed with you until you said pay Riley what he wants. That totally contradicts “spend wisely”…overpaying for average players or just above average in Rak’s case, will have you in the same spot of being mediocre from year to year. Spending wisely is not having some fear that average to above average can’t be replaced so we have to overpay. Spending wisely is not going after top tier FA when you have so many holes, and looking at those 2nd tier FA and hopefully doing a good job with the draft. This is the formula for the consistent winners in this league…it hasn’t changed. I feel we have already made one mistake with giving Rak 11.5…hopefully, we spend a little more wisely in the remainder of the offseason

        • internetcareer - Mar 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

          you’re right of course. Just plug a 6th and 7th round draft pick in at inside linebacker and stuff the run that way. No point in bringing back anyone with only 240 tackles over the last 2 seasons. Riley is just “a guy” and average players can easily get hundreds of tackles, know where to line up in Halsetts defense, and replace Fletcher.

        • kenlinkins - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

          Let’s review Riley: Young guy= YES. Mid round pick that worked his way to starting = YES, Progress every year= YES, Three down LB = YES, Able to be leader of front 7 =YES. So, what are the negatives other than he is asking for a lot of money? None that I can see. It seems he is doing just what he should be by taking care of the business end of football when it should be done. Would we have signed him last year to new contract if we didn’t have the Cap limits? =IMO Yes. We paid Fletcher, a two down LB about $5.7 million in 2013, why is it so hard to see a Three down LB at $7 million per year? IMO the Redskins tried to get a home team discount and Riley didn’t go for it, not personal, just good business on both sides. Riley will test the market and find out what his worth is. IMO he will allow the Redskins to match or get close to the best offer. He knows he can handle the Redskins defense, will be a starter and leader of the front 7, and he has the pattern that you are looking for from any Free Agent on the market. It is still very early in the process, IMO Riley is trying to get every dollar he can and I have to wonder if D. Hall is not thinking maybe he short changed himself by signing so early in a HOT CB’s Free Agent market! IMO he will sign with the Redskins before Mini camp starts.

      • darrynhyman - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        What impact plays do you remember for Riley?? Hard to think of many huh? Quick answer…doesn’t have very many…you can’t make the mistake of looking at just stats and say a player is good. Where does he make those 240 tkls?? Most are 4 yds or more upfield…not really that impactful. Is he a bum…no…but he is a 4th round pick that’s another player that us Skins fans overrate…that is what a lot of us do…overrate our own players. If we can sign him for a reasonable contract…go for it, but anything over that and we’re back to overpaying players. Why is it a ok to overpay a player just because he is our own, but we go crazy when we overpay a FA? There is no difference guys…

    • ajbus1 - Mar 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Totes.

  4. skinsfanfromvt - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    No to Talib!

  5. lpddawg - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    I hope they dont go after Talib.What they would have to spend on him would be better spent elsewhere.They could sign a couple of good players for what it would take to get him……

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