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Need to Know: Redskins have just enough salary cap space to get through the season

Dec 19, 2014, 5:16 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 19, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Three and out—

1. Yesterday I tweeted out a link to my post about Jay Gruden saying that despite the team’s 3-11 record he won’t play younger players just to see what they can do. A barrage of tweets deriding Gruden’s attitude followed. The bottom line is that the man is paid to win games. Unless he has somehow been relieved of that responsibility, that’s what he needs to do. Spencer Long getting a game or a few series is going to have a very minimal effect on the 2015 Redskins. Gruden should play the best players and that’s what it looks like he is doing.

2. One young player who will get some more playing time is Phillip Thomas. Brandon Meriweather did not practice yesterday and the word is that he will be out the last two games. Both Gruden and Jim Haslett have been impressed with him. Haslett said that Thomas really cut down on the mistakes a lot last week in his second start. Certainly nobody is willing to say that he’s the 2015 starter but it seems that he’s earning himself a shot.

3. Tarik El-Bashir wrote about the contrast between the Eagles’ ability to get the ball into the end zone by means other than the run and the pass (10 return touchdowns) and Washington getting shut out in that department. The Redskins are 26th in the league in scoring with 257 points. If they had scored 70 points on returns they would be tied for 12th.

Out: The Redskins are going to make it across the finish line on fumes when it comes to salary cap space. According to the public record on the NFLPA website they are $18,631 under the cap. To compare, the team with the second-lowest amount of cap room is the Giants, who have almost $325,000 in space, about 17 times the amount the Redskins do. The team with the most space is the Jaguars, who have almost $22 million in space. The average remaining cap rom per team is $5.9 million. Teams can carry over cap room from one year to the next so the Redskins will be at something of a disadvantage in free agency. It looks like they will enter free agency with about $9 million in cap space with the ability to create as much as $20 million more by making some roster moves.


Today’s schedule: Walkthrough practice at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 9; 2015 NFL Draft 132; 2015 season opening Sunday 268

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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  1. sidepull - Dec 19, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Wow, lets here it for our great capologist, the miracle worker.

    • polofourme - Dec 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Totally agree if and I mean, “IF” Allen has any skills at all its supposed to be in managing the cap…so now we enter the off season again behind the eight ball because we will only carry over less than twenty thousand dollars while other teams have millions to add on top of the cap next year. Allen is really completely worthless and if he and Griffin are still both on out team next year, I am done as a Redskins fan…it was Allen and his outrageous decision to give Orakpo over eleven million dollars and then go out and spend another ten million dollars on that bum Hatcher. While totally and completely ignoring the OL and secondary….the only reason he is in the job as, “GM?” is because he is Snyders personnel hand puppet. Allen is a joke. A big bad ugly joke as a GM but as long as the worst owner in all of professional sports owns our team…he will have a job licking the boots of Snyder.

  2. moonriver22 - Dec 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    On the cap, they’re still getting out from under those ridiculous penalties given out 2 years ago to the Skins and Cowboys. The one area where this team has been consistent is good cap management. Mara and his committee tried to screw them and now we can all lol at Mara. His Giants aren’t exactly benefiting from it.

  3. goback2rfk - Dec 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Sounds like it will be another awesome year next year. How much are those tickets going for at Fed-Ex?!

    5 bucks is too much, I can go say like a dollar and 65 cents.

    • jonevans511 - Dec 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      They should set each year’s ticket prices based on the success of the prior year’s team…. e.g. If the Skins win 3 games, ticket prices should be 3 x 8 (for number of home games)= 24 bucks for SEASON tickets. I know, I know, wishful thinking. Snyder would add a surcharge just to be able to wear a Skins Jersey to the game if he had the ability.

  4. bangkokben - Dec 19, 2014 at 11:07 AM


    Of that $9Million, how many players are under contract for next year? I know Orakpo was on a one year deal, Moss too, surely there are a bunch. So, in other words, before cap cuts how many roster spots need to be filled for only $9M?

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I did a cap post during the bye that has that info. Out right now, search for it or I’ll post link when I get home.

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      • bangkokben - Dec 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        Thanks. I’ll look for it.

  5. mr.moneylover - Dec 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    They gonna have more cap space then that bout time free agency come they gonna get rid of players plus they gave oracko a 11 million for a one year deal witch was a waste of money…good thing is they got a good core of guys but we have bad players in key postions…and what the hell is up with our coaches developing players I here rambo picked off aaron Rodgers twice last week but when he was with us he got burned two weeks in a row something not right with that picture at all…they can draft any player but if they cant develope them it wont matter…just like we thought david amerson would be a stud but he took a step back in his progress

  6. ET - Dec 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    While the low amount of cap space is frightening, let’s not forget that there’s a lot of dead wood in that number: Orakpo, Porter, Bowen, Chester, Polumbus, etc. Let’s hope a lot of the dead wood is jettisoned in the off-season and/or contracts are restructured (in cases like Orakpo or Cofield, both decent players not producing as well as expected).

  7. silkyslim242 - Dec 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Aside from Allen’s lack of talent evaluations, draft picking and stupid free agent agency signings, now we find that he can’t manage the cap situation as well as him proponents thought. Another reason to fire him at seasons end and hire AJ Smith who is a “football” guy to run the Redskins.

  8. skinsdiehard - Dec 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    It’s shameful that a 3-13 team is up against the cap. Poor scouting. Poor talent evaluation. Poor cap management. Poor decisions by everyone in the front office. A team this bad should have $50MM in cap space according to their talent level. You could replace half the guys on the team with undrafted free agents and finish 5-11. Sad. Archives

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