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Why June 1 is just another day for Redskins, most of NFL

Jun 2, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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June 1 used to be the day that teams released players and were able to push some of the salary cap consequences of the move. But the date has come and gone and there were no major cuts in the NFL. In fact, there weren’t even any minor ones. And there are expected to be any today, the NFL’s first business day after June 1.

Technically, the date still has significance. Essentially, bonus prorations are frozen for the rest of the year starting June 1. Teams can now release players and, if they have more than one season left on their contracts, some of the salary cap pain can be pushed into the 2015 league year.

But teams don’t have to wait until June 1 to release a player and get the favorable cap treatment. As of 2006, as soon as free agency starts teams can release up to two players and designate them as June 1 cuts. That way the player gets to hit the free agent market before the big money has dried up. The team benefits because they don’t have to risk the player getting injured while working out on team premises or during OTAs. If that happens the team could be on the hook for the player’s entire season salary.

What it boils down to is that June 1 cuts have already been made. However, there still is some significance to the date. For one thing, the cap numbers of the players who were designated June 1 cuts remain on the books until today. For example, the Cowboys woke up today with $5.5 million more in salary cap room than they had yesterday due to the March release of wide receiver Miles Austin.

None of the players the Redskins released earlier this year were designated as June 1 cuts.

June 1 is significant in one other way. Unrestricted free agents (as differentiated from players who were released by their teams) can now be signed without counting in the compensatory draft pick formula. This has no effect on the Redskins as they do not appear in line to collect any comp picks in 2015 because of the number of free agents that the signed already far outweighs count of those who have signed with other teams.

  1. RussianBreadMaker - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Nice article.

  2. greed - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    late on this comment but good to see skins give title of VP to an actual frontoffice guy and not the headcoach

  3. RussianBreadMaker - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I’ve got all of the faith in the world in Bruce Allen. He really presents himself well and obviously comes from great football lineage. Hail

  4. abanig - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    If the Redskins plan all along was to address the DL in free angency, address the OL in both free agency and the draft, then they would have been wise to make Stephen Bowen and Chris Chester June 1st cuts.

    With the added money, they would have had enough money to sign a player like Mike Mitchell as a safety, Corey Graham or an upgrade who’s better than Bowen along the defensive line.

    IMO that was a mistake. If these two had been designated as June 1st cuts, I think you said we would have had 6
    Million more in cap space if we had done this. That 6 million would have went a long way.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      To be clear, as noted in the post, if a team designates a player as a June 1 cut it’s cap figure remains as it would if the player was still on the team. Only after June 1 does the savings hit the cap. So if you designate a June 1 cut you don’t have that extra money to spend during the prime of free agency.

      I’m not so sure that Mitchell was worth the money he got regardless of the cap situation but that’s another matter.

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      • abanig - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Oh yeah. That’s true. Just forget about my post then! Lol

        I guess I’d rather have good veterans like Bowen & Chester around this year to help the young guys along and compete for spots than to not have them then.

        I’m pretty sure neither will be on the Redskins past this season and they may not even make the team this season.

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