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Need to Know: The Redskins’ five biggest weekly paychecks

Mar 28, 2014, 5:10 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 28, 10 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

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Yesterday I tweeted out what Brian Orakpo’s weekly paycheck will look like now that he has signed his franchise tender. That drew some interest so let’s take a look at the top five weekly paychecks the Redskins will be cutting each week.

1. Orakpo ($673,823 gross per week)—Salary is $11.455 million and it all became fully guaranteed once he signed his tender.

2. Trent Williams ($426,470)—He was the fourth pick in the last draft class prior to the current rookie pay system, and that means he got paid well from Day 1. Williams will be entering the fifth season of a six-year contract. The deal also calls for him to get a $1.75 million roster bonus that he will get in a lump sum at some point prior to the season.

3. Pierre Garçon ($417,647)—His contract also calls for a roster bonus but his is only (only?) $250,000.

4. Barry Cofield ($267,647)—Cofield’s contract contains a roster bonus, this one is for $300,000. He’ll also pick up an extra $150,000 if he shows up for a predetermined percentage of offseason workouts.

5. Stephen Bowen ($258,823)—Yes, there are questions about how much of this Bowen will actually see, if any, as he tries to come back from microfracture surgery. But, as of now, his 2014 salary remains the 5th-highest on the team.

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—It’s been 89 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 163 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 10; NFL Draft 41; Training camp starts 117

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  1. internetcareer - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Shanahan is responsible for Bowen but I would hope that Gruden would look at his stats and make the right call. In the last 26 games Bowen has 1 QB sack…no interceptions…no fumble recovery…and he is over 30 years old. Does anybody out there see a relationship between this type of LACK of production and the Redskins poor poor defensive performance?

    The reason he is taking up a Roster spot is far far beyond my capability to understand.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      There is no particular urgency to make a move here. There are millions of dollars involved, these things take time.

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  2. kenlinkins - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Orakpo signed his tender BEFORE OTA’s, maybe sending a message of ‘ I am going to do everything I can to prove I am worth a long term contract somewhere, talk to me next March”. Rich: Do you think he will be at OTA’s? Both WIlliam’s and Garcon seem to be worth the money. When you get to Bowen and Cofield anything can happen before Sept, rework their contracts, release for Cap savings, keep as is. The longer the Redskins wait, the less options both would have with other teams as Cap money dry’s up. IMO Both will rework their contracts if both can show they are healthy. Rich: Can the Redskins save more Cap money if they wait until June to make moves on Cofield and Bowen? It also seems that Rich has been pretty much on target so far and with a head coach who has only held that title for about 70 days, Redskins fans have not seen any major shocks or drama to date which is a nice change of pace. Maybe the Redskins can get thru OTA’s, Mini Camp and start training camp in the same mode! Rich: What is next of the GM’s and Head coach’s “To Do” lists?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Lot of questions there Ken, let me hit on the bigger ones. But first of all, Cofield is going nowhere and is not going to get a cut in pay. He’s the starting nose tackle, as much as some fans might think he’s better suited to playing end.

      Oarkpo will be a OTAs, that’s why he went ahead and signed.

      They could cut Bowen or anyone now and designate him as a June 1 cut. But unless you need the money go sign someone this year there’re really no point in pushing some of the hit back to 2015. With the cap rolling over from year to year, you don’t really “save” any money, just move the limits around.

  3. alextwrs - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Nothing but my opinion here but it seemed like Baker was the only d lineman getting any push, see the Dallas game late in the season, he was a beast. Why not put him on the nose and let him drive the cente backwards. When I watch film of Coefield he makes good contact soaking up a guy or two but no penetration. i feel there are two types of def these days. An attacking def that takes chances and the flex but not bend def that sits back and lets a team dink and dunk. If we are implementing Hatch, Rak, and Kerr as pass rushers we need a NT that will require a double team freeing up these guys allowing penetration from the outside. In my opinion I give Baker that opportunity atleast. Archives

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