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Redskins still have cap room to operate after opening deals

Mar 13, 2014, 12:37 PM EST

Roberts-vs.-Colts

The Redskins still have a lot of needs that they have to address in free agency. The good news is that they will have some cap room to work with.

After resigning two players and adding four since the start of free agency, the Redskins have approximately $12 million in cap space to work with.

That might not sound like a lot but the Redskins can work deals to fit them in with lower salary cap numbers in the first year. For example, receiver Andre Roberts’ contract is worth $16 million. But through the use of signing bonuses and higher salaries in the third and fourth years of the deal, his first year cap hit is just $2.25 million.

And, due to the Rule of 51 (explained in this post), the addition of Roberts to the payroll subtracted a net of just about $1.75 million from the Redskins’ available cap space.

  1. CavemanCatching - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Rich, if the Skins were to sign Brandon Browner how would the four game suspension without pay, and his first four games played without pay, work into the team’s salary cap?
    BTW, I’d really like to see them sign Walter Thurmond and Ryan Clark today. Browner would have to come very cheap considering he is one mess up away from a long term (or permanent) suspension.

  2. internetcareer - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Rich…I am still trying to figure out how Denver has so much more money to spend than the Redskins despite having a 100 million dollar quarterback and having signed Welker to a big deal as well.

    and how could the Redskins possibly be looking at a suspended player if they are building for the future? Hasn’t the experience with Fred Davis, Merriweather, Jarvis Jenkins, Tanard Jackosn, and Rob Jackson taught them anything???? is somebody hard headed or what???

    • internetcareer - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      and since the Redskins aren’t going to the Superbowl this season or even beating Philly out for the NFC EAST..why worry about older players or suspended players. just keep adding young players with a future or am I missing something???

    • alextwrs - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      I was wondering the same thing, we have a QB with a rookie contract. Where is all of our money invested, and how do we free a whole lot of it. We need some help like A. Cro, and even Browner with a four game suspension and some type of clause to protect the org from losing money if he hits the pipe again. The chester and bowens of the league are not being signed for a reason………..let them go.

  3. hailyeah1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    well we just signed clifton geathers nephew of James “jumpy” geathers to a contract so if he can be about half as good as his uncle it will be a good signing and adds to the rotation at the dline.

  4. mac7163 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Hey Rich , do you have any info on these possible signings ? Ryan Clark , Owen Daniels , and Kenny Britt ?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:46 AM

      You have them in about the order of likelihood. I don’t think Britt is going to happen but until any of them sign elsewhere there’s a chance they’ll go with the Redskins.

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      • mac7163 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Hey Rich thanks for responding ! Great blog , I’m a big fan .

  5. mac7163 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    If Britt is not likely to happen do you think the Skins will address it with their 2nd round pick or will they go for best Offensive lineman available ? I hope WR (more than 1 pick at wr please), O-Line, ILB, and if there is a quality DB available left.

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