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Redskins’ contracts this offseason total $127.9 million

Mar 26, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT


There has been a lot of talk about the Redskins being thrifty when it comes to free agency this year. And while they haven’t gone out and made any huge splashes, they have spent some money.

They made their biggest signing in terms of money for the 2014 season before free agency started. That was when the put the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo, setting his 2014 salary at $11.45 million. That will become fully guaranteed when he signs the tender, something he is expected to do at some point.

The largest contract in terms of total dollars went to defensive lineman Jason Hatcher. His four-year deal is worth a total of $27.5 million.

In all, the Redskins have given out contracts totaling $127.9 million this offseason. They have re-signed six of their own players for a total of $52.4 million and have brought in eight players from other teams for $75.5 million

Not all of that money will necessarily be given out, especially in the later seasons of multi-year deals. But a good chunk of it will be. In the 15 contracts they have give out the Redskins have guaranteed $53.9 million.

There will still be a few more signings but it’s not too early to take a peek at the Redskins’ cap situation in 2014. They should be in pretty good shape. According to numbers on and some estimation on my part, the Redskins should go into 2015 with about $25 million in cap space.

In making this estimate I assume that the Redskins won’t sign anyone else besides their 2014 draft picks to a contract that goes beyond this year, that the Redskins will exercise their contract option on Ryan Kerrigan, and that the cap will be $142 million. Since all of those factors could change and some other could come into play, this is just a rough estimate.

  1. kenlinkins - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Wow, it sure does go fast. Rich, who else could be targeted for a re-work on their contract or out right release to gain Cap room this year besides Chester? Also, If a players has guaranteed money for only 2014 and gets hurt and released with a injury settlement what hits the Cap? (guaranteed money, Settlement money, or both)?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      If a player has guaranteed $ hell probably just go on injured reserve, a settlement wont come into play. Cap casualty candidates are the same as they have been, Chester, Steiger, Polumbus, and Bowen.

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      • colmac69 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Cant see steiger being released if gruden plans for him at centre…bowen and chester would b most likely for either released or a re work imo….just shows how money can b used up in a hurry….

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

          If Steiger is etched in stone at center then why did Brian de la Puenta and McGlynn visit a little while ago. With the exception of Trent at LT and Lauvao starting at one of the G sports, it’s all written in dry erase marker, not with a Sharpie.

  2. abanig - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Oh come on Rich! You don’t want to get the pitch forks out and show up at Redskins Park calling Bruce Allen cheap with me?

    Lol, jk.

    Yeah, I swear some redskins fans are bipolar. When we spent everything on a few guys they cried about it and said we needed to spread it around on a handful of guys, we did that in 2011 and now we’re doing it again and people keep bitching! Lol

    They can never win

    I swear if we win a Super Bowl there will still be so bozo out there saying, yeah but… Lol

    • alextwrs - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Are we expecting Hatcher to play end in the 3-4. If not, he wont be on the field. With Rak and Kerr on the outside and Perry and whoever in the ILB role, where does this put Hatch. Hatcher is a starter and needs to be on the field. Not sure if hes big enough to play end in a 3-4. I like the signing but I hope he fits somewhere. Not sure how many times I am going to say it, were better suited for 4-3.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        Hatcher is ideal size for a 3-4 DE. The problem is he never produced till he was moved from a 3-4 Defense to a 4-3 Defense which also happened during a contract year

        • alextwrs - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM

          I just hope were not paying every down money when hes on the side line two out of four downs. i would have preferred a MLB for that moneey that will be on the field every down i.e Dqwell Jackson.

  3. Alex - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Yeah but I can’t see Chester or Bowen being on next year’s roster at their rate. HELL Chester should be gone this year to free up needed space. I think Bowen and Chester released would free up around $9 million instantly.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Not sure where you get $9 million. Releasing those two would create a net of about $3.7 million in new cap space.

  4. parlin56 - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Rich, can you confirm that the cap space “punishment” the last two years simply meant that little Danny Snyder got to keep the unused salary money as profit? Not such a bad punishment if you own the Skins.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Maybe you could look at it that way if you just isolate 2012-2013.. But he did write checks for a lot more than an extra $36 million during the uncapped year so during the period of 2010-2013 the whole thing pretty much evened out or even left him with less than he would have had otherwise. And, perhaps in part because of the penalty, he had to fire Mike Shanahan and Kyle and some other coaches with time left on their contracts costing him around $10 million. I doubt one could reasonably view the cap penalty as any sort of financial bonanza for the owner.

      • parlin56 - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Thanks, Little Danny Snyder has never understood how to build a football team. At least the NFL was able to “force” him to make more money. Shanahan was done in by being a terrible judge of talent. No coach could have won with the team that he put on the field last year. Unfortunately, nothing has changed in Redskin land on how to judge talent.

  5. colmac69 - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Never said steiger is etched in as starter…just said gruden plan..if u read him too move steiger to centre…we will have to wait and c how it pans out…I would assume players mentioned would b coming in as competition if any get signed..still would like to c young guys take next step up…can they tho will b interesting thing to watch over coming months

  6. internetcareer - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    great cap info from Rich and would someone please explain to alextwrs that Hatcher is Defensive end in the Redskins 3-4 scheme. I am not sure why 300 pound Hatcher is not considered BIG ENOUGH by this alex guy.

    335 POUND Baker should be the nose tackle and Cofield should be the other end. I just suspect that is the starting 3 man line because those are the 3 most productive linemen. just an educated guess.How bout you Rich?

    • alextwrs - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Somebody tell internetcareer that Dallas runs a 4-3 and Hatcher had D ware on the opposite side of him soaking up double teams from olineman. In a 3-4 Hatcher will have two gap responsibilities and that is usually relegated to players of J Jenkins size and stature 6’4 320. Just saying, get a new career.

  7. ceetown22 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    I’m pretty sure we don’t run a 3-4 front 100% of the time, there were a lot of 4 man fronts last year as well, and I believe Rich touched on it in an earlier article stating it was around 50/50. Am I correct with that statement?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Not sure if it’s 50-50 but on passing downs it’s very frequent. That’s when a lot of Hatcher’s snaps will take place.

  8. tideskin - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Man, a $135 million just doesn’t go very far these days. Archives

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