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Releases, restructures may follow Jackson contract with Redskins

Apr 2, 2014, 9:38 AM EDT

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Now that we know that the top-line numbers on DeSean Jackson’s contract we know that they are going to have some work to do on their salary cap.

When I posted about how the Redskins might structure a Jackson contract a few days ago, I looked to the six-year, $54 million deal that Jairus Byrd got from the Saints. They managed to fit that contract in with a structure that led to a 2014 salary cap hit of $3.5 million.

Jackson’s deal is for less money (3 years, $24 million) but the term is shorter so that makes it harder to shrink that first-year cap hit into something that will fit under the team’s remaining cap space of about $6.3 million. The team needs some reserve cap space going into the season to handle players on injured reserve, pay the practice squad, and pay injury settlements. Since they don’t have a first-round pick they will only need around $500,000 in cap space to sign their draft class.

If they do need to create some cap room there are two main targets. One is defensive end Stephen Bowen. He is recovering from microfracture surgery and he has a $4.4 million salary and a $7 million cap number. They could release him, creating a dead cap charge of $5 million and net cap savings of just under $2 million. If they designated him as a June 1 cut, they would save about $4.5 million this year and dump $2.5 million in dead money into the 2014 cap.

If it looks like Bowen will be able to play this year but perhaps not at a level that justifies his salary, perhaps they could negotiate a reduction in pay. A move like that would not create any dead cap and would lead to dollar for dollar cap savings. If, say, they cut his salary in half and give him some unlikely to be earned incentives his cap number would drop by $2.2 million.

Another option would be to restructure a contract or two. Pierre Garçon would be a prime candidate fro a simple restructure. They could take all but $730,000 (the minimum for a player with Garçon’s experience) of his $7.1 million salary plus his $400,000 in combined workout and roster bonuses and convert that into signing bonus. They could the spread that salary over the remaining three years of his contract. When you crunch the numbers that would save about $4.5 million against this year’s cap.

There is no hurry to make a move. Player salaries don’t become real until they are on the roster for the first game of the season so they have time to see what develops.

  1. kenlinkins - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Rich: Is it just me or are the 2014 Redskins starting to look a lot like the 1966 Redskins? New head coach, Sonny’s 3rd year, fire power at WR and TE, Middle level back up QB (Shinner) who never see’s the field, a few very good players on Defense but lots of holes, a young Safety (Owens), All we need now is a JOE DON LOONEY and maybe the 2014 Redskins can go 8-8.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      That ’66 team didn’t have an RB. This team does.

      • kenlinkins - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        That’s why the Redskins went out and got Joe Don Looney. Both JD Whitfield and Charlie Taylor were not getting it done at HB. Was Charlie Taylor moved to SE before or after Joe Don Looney got to DC and did Taylor get most of his REC’s as a SE or HB in 1966?

  2. don truax - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Go skin d jack in dc I’m loving it

  3. RussianBreadMaker - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Personally feel like this move was a waste. Aldrick Robinson has consistantly been overlooked and continues to be.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Aldrick has had plenty of opportunities to make people notice him.
      ~

      • rlkmwyatt - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Aldrick drops too many balls (maybe RG throws to hard for him). He has had chances, and yes I do believe he looked better at the end of the season, but then there was not any pressure to win.

    • rcjur - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Team has screwed over both Robinson and unsigned Briscoe with wasting last year with Moss, Morgan and Hankerson. These young wrs could of helped more with the opportunities these wasted money vets did last season. What team really needs to do is resign Briscoe before he teams up with Bryant in Dallas, and have him along with Gettis and Robinson as the backup wrs this season.

      Garçon, Jackson, Roberts, Robinson, Briscoe, Gettis

  4. das1983 - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Aldrick is a 1 trick pony. I hope you guys don’t honestly think he is in the same universe as Desean Jackson. He will not even make this team now. The WR this year will be GARCON, JACKSON, ROBERTS, HANKERSON, MOSS, and most likely a draft pick. JORDAN REED made a huge impact and will be used a lot as a WR Im betting. This lineup is like a Fantasy team. I super PUMPED BABY

    THIS IS WHAT DEFENSES WILL SEE

    JACKSON ROBERTS REED GARCON
    RG3
    MORRIS

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