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Redskins get some contract guidance with Monday deals

Mar 17, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

Nate-Allen

As free agency moves into its next phase prices for players start to drop and the Redskins may have received some guidance from deals given out this morning at two positions of need.

On area they are looking is at safety. Nate Allen re-signed with the Eagles for one year. His base will be $2 million and he has a chance to earn another $1 million in incentives.

Rotoworld had Allen No. 10 in their rankings of safeties who are or were free agents this year. He has been the Eagles’ regular starting safety since they drafted him in the second round in 2010 and his performance has been up and down.

Allen’s deal sets the bar. Now, if a safety who has been inconsistent over the years wants more than $2 million per year he needs to have some good reasons why (are you listening Brandon Meriweather?).

The other deal of immediate relevance to the Redskins is right tackle Zach Strief signing to remain with the Saints. His five-year contract is for $20.5 million with $8.4 million guaranteed.

Strief is 30 and after spending five years as a reserve with an occasional start he has been the Saints’ regular starter at right tackle the past three seasons. He’s solid but not great.

Donald Penn, who is visiting the Redskins, might have a case to make more than Strief, but not a lot more. Penn has a more substantial resume with 108 starts at left tackle and a Pro Bowl nod back in 2010. But the Redskins are looking for him to play right tackle so the premium paid to play on the left side won’t apply here. The Redskins will look to pay Penn as a right tackle in his 30’s and that’s just what Strief is.

So look for the Redskins to offer Penn perhaps a bit more than Strief got—five years, $22 million with $9 million guaranteed. We don’t have the details on Strief’s contract but it’s a pretty good bet the Saints will be able to get out of the deal with relatively little cap pain in two or three years. The same is likely to apply to Penn’s deal.

  1. kenlinkins - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    It seems that the business end of football has become much more complicated since the CBA and new Cap rules have been placed into effect. I wonder how many of the players had a full understanding of how these changes would effect their careers. I also wonder who has a leg up right now, Player agents or Team GM’s. I am happy we have web sites like this one to help us get a better understanding of the happens in the off season as many of us just blame the GM, Owner or Player when we do not like the out come. Rich: who are the winners since the new CBA was signed (Teams or Players)?

  2. Rich Tandler - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    The teams, but that’s just the first three years of the 10-year deal. Started to even out this year. I think the players are starting to benefit from the minimum spend rules and they will see big spikes in the cap and their contracts as the new TV deals kick in.

    • kenlinkins - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Thanks again for all the insight, Are you planning a story on rule changes that will help reduce injuries and has there ever been any talk about making the field wider?

  3. internetcareer - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    that’s a good analysis Rich and Penn could end up being a bargain at 22 million if its a 5 year deal because if he plays 4 years then it turns into about 3 million per year in salary after this year and about 2 million per year in bonus money for maybe around 5 million per year cap hit. That’s not too far off from where Polumbus’ cap hit is right now.

  4. Mario - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Have the Redskins sign Penn yet

    • pngrgraham - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Its very curious that Ourlads.com has Tevita Stevens listed as the first line center on the depth chart for the Skinz …

      I hope Penn signs as well.

      • Rich Tandler - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        I don’t even have him on my depth chart. Sure they will catch up to the news of the Stieger move at some point.

        • pngrgraham - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

          Is Stieger better than Stevens?

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

          Yes. Center is Steiger’s natural position, should do well there in the hybrid zone blocking scheme.

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  5. pngrgraham - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    thanks Rich

  6. rlkmwyatt - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I just read Meriweather signed a 1 year 1 million deal. I guess he was listening.

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