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Redskins 2015 salary cap overview: Some room to operate

Jan 4, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

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The Redskins are going into 2015 in worse shape regarding the salary cap than they were a year ago. But if we take general manager Bruce Allen at his word that “free agency is not going to be your solution” they still should have plenty of room to operate and start the process of improving on their 4-12 record.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Allen said that depending on where the NFL sets the final cap number they will have “at least $20 million” in salary cap space.

A year ago they had just under $30 million in cap space.

Allen’s number seems a bit high from what is known about the Redskins’ cap situation but it’s in the ballpark. If we work with the assumption that they have no cap room to carry over from 2014 (all indications are that they got through Week 17 on fumes) and that the salary cap set by the NFL is $140 million it looks like they have around $15 million in cap space.

But it’s possible that Washington will get back some salary cap credits if there were some unearned incentives in 2014 contracts. And the salary cap could end up going north of that $140 million mark. Some combination of those two factors could push the Redskins over the $20 million mark in available cap space.

Working with the total cap number of $140 million and a Redskins cap space figure of around $15 million, the Redskins are at a substantial disadvantage compared to some of the teams that they will be competing for players against. There are 10 teams that will have twice as much cap space as Washington. Some of the teams that are over the $30 million mark in cap space will be picking near the top of the draft, teams like the Jaguars, Raiders, Jets, Bucs, and Titans. Some others, however, are continuing their seasons in the playoffs—the Colts, Bengals, and Broncos.

There are six teams with between $20 million and $30 million in cap space. The Redskins and their three NFC East rivals are all in the group of seven teams with between $10 million and $20 million.

There are nine teams who have less than $10 million in cap room including three—the 49ers, Cardinals, and Saints—who currently are over the estimated cap. New Orleans is in the worst shape, standing about $20 million over the limit.

Like most teams, Redskins have the ability to create more space through restructuring contracts and releasing players. They also have some of their own players with expiring contracts they would like to bring back, although none of them should command a large contract.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll go through the Redskins position by position and look at the salary cap situation including what moves they might make to create more cap space and some players they should try to lock up before the become free agents. We get underway on Monday.

  1. goback2rfk - Jan 4, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    We going to need a big draft. We are going to need some of those late round stars to turn into playmakers. We have to find the right talent in the draft this year. Could be picking quite a few players if they decide to trade that number 5 pick for several picks. We will see, I have no hope or faith in the process though. We have been losers for a long time and I do not expect that to change.

    • veejh - Jan 4, 2015 at 10:47 AM

      Oline, Oline, Oline….this is where it all starts.

    • deepball1 - Jan 4, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      Skins cannot waste more than 2 draft picks, which of course is an improvement over 2014 when they made 3 picks that they then turned around and cut off their roster and sent those players home to work at Burger World.

  2. deepball1 - Jan 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Lucky for the Redskins that they have Bruce Allen who is a cap genius and a great G.M. . Otherwise they might be in trouble because the Skins are going into 2015 with THREE defensive linemen 30 plus years old and with a combined cap hit of over 21 MILLION dollars.

    If somebody hadn’t signed those 3 to those deals, the Redskins would have over 40 Million to spend. Bruce Allen needs to find out who signed those 3 D linemen to those deals…and oh by the way…..those 3 big money guys missed a total of 19 games in 2014 because of injury…..so….

    While he is at it Bruce Allen needs to find out who hired the conditioning coach cause that guy’s not doing his job.

  3. gonavybeatarmy - Jan 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    That photo of Snyder and Allen just kills me.
    As the playoffs are now underway again, and the Skins are not even remotely close to being a playoff caliber team, it just reinforces what a clown show Allen and Snyder have produced.

    Stop playing @#*+ing games. Either fully empower AJ Smith (warts and all) as General Manager immediately to clean house and manage personnel and finally begin to act like a professional organization or just admit that the clown operation is status quo.

    Rich, serious question. Do Snyder and Allen realize how much of a joke they’re perceived to be even by hard core fans?

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 4, 2015 at 11:19 AM

      I’m sure they’re aware that their approval ratings are tanking.

      > > >

    • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2015 at 2:24 PM

      We should have a caption contest with that pic. “Trust me Bruce, I know what I’m doing. My mommy says I’m the best owner in the NFL.”

  4. bullets2586 - Jan 4, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    We need OT Brandon Scherff from Iowa State. That man plays with fire in his gut and that’s exactly what this team needs.

    • Joe Greene - Jan 4, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      What? He gets abused by speed rushers, he’s not particularly strong for his size, and he’s got short arms that will likely relegate him to LG as a pro.

  5. deepball1 - Jan 4, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    please do not hire any young kids like Wade Phillips for the defense. We need a mature more experienced defensive coach…..someone like Dick Lebeau.

    • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2015 at 2:25 PM

      Huh?

  6. polofourme - Jan 4, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Some room to operate from? Really, we carried over less than $20K from our remaining cap space from 2014 which can be used to supplement our cap for 2015….other teams, most other team will carry over millions if not tens of millions which gives those team a distinct advantage over WAS in the FA market….why, because this bone headed so called GM gave over $22M to just TWO players and then when out and paid a fortune for yet another WR…..and you wonder why WAS is always starting from behind the power curve? Its because we have a nit wit as a GM….Allen do us all a favor and fire YOURSELF!

    • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      How are teams able to carry over so much? There’s supposed to be a minimum spending limit. Is there some sort of penalty for not spending the minimum?

      • Rich Tandler - Jan 4, 2015 at 3:41 PM

        I’ve been trying to find out about that. I know it’s not year by year but eventually they have to spend it or have it given to the players on the roster.

        Will post on it if/when I find out about it.

        > > >

        • gonavybeatarmy - Jan 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM

          Guys-

          Over the final eight years of the current CBA (2013-2020), the per team floor is broken into two rolling four-year periods (2013-’16 and 2017-’20), during which teams are required to spend 89 percent or more of the annual cap. But remember, these are both rolling four-year periods, and so a team could for example spend 78 pct of the cap in 2013, 85 pct of the cap in 2014, 93 pct of the cap in 2015 and 100 pct of the cap in 2016 and be in aggregate full compliance relative to the floor over the aggregate four year period.

          I hope that helps.

          Chuck

        • Rich Tandler - Jan 5, 2015 at 5:59 AM

          That does help, thanks. There are still teams that have catching up to do.

          > > >

        • ajbus1 - Jan 5, 2015 at 5:01 AM

          Thanks.

  7. colmac69 - Jan 4, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Off key but so far playoffs bn very poor………gotta run the ball if you want to win in playoffs

  8. Joe Greene - Jan 4, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    I guess the photo is Rich’s way of admitting that Snyder really runs the show.

  9. goback2rfk - Jan 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Wow Dallas got handed that football game by the refs. What the **** were some of those calls. Announcing and then picking up the flag?! Dez helmet off on the field yelling at the refs?! What the heck was all that. Worst officiating I have seen since the replacement dudes were in.

  10. deepball1 - Jan 4, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    this year’s Jason Hatcher is Jeremy Mincher. He came out of nowhere to have 6 sacks and play like a pro bowl defensive lineman. Last year it was Hatcher. Have the Redskins ever thought that maybe its their SCHEME that holds people back. Dallas has a better scheme than the Redskins and they keep finding defensive linemen who can get to the QB even in their 30’s. and in addition….why didn’t the Redskins sign Mincher? Perhaps the Redskins personnel evaluators are not as great as Bruce Allen apparently believes.

  11. deepball1 - Jan 5, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    the Skins are my team. BUT…they will never see a dollar of my money until they start becoming a good franchise and good team. No tickets for me…no ball caps…no t shirts…no Redskins marketing stuff outside of what I already have.

    Not until this team gets a winning record and they probably won’t until they take my advice and start drafting PASS RUSHERS who can get to the QB. Shane Ray or Vic Beasley will easily help get this Defense back on track and regardless of who is playing safety….they can’t cover for 5-6 seconds.

    PASS RUSH NEEDED….and stop playing with defensive linemen over 30. They get hurt too easily…ya had FOUR of them this season. AND….who was the nit wit who wanted Andre “1 drop per game” Roberts. Chris Cooley told everybody last spring that the guy drops waaaaay too many balls but you signed him anyway…and BINGO….Roberts drops waaaaaay too many balls.

    And P. FRIKKEN S…..ya can’t win with offensive linemen who would have problems against college pass rushers. The entire right side of your line is garbage. Polumbus, Chester, Compton….GARBAGE. And MOSES is a guard….a GUARD….not a tackle. His feet were way too slow for those speed rushers. I could see that. Why can’t YOU?

  12. Eric - Jan 5, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    This is an awful situation. We sit in franchise turmoil while Jerry Jones and the cowboys buy and push their way through now even the post season.

    George Allen might be OK with the money management. That idk for sure but it seems we need to really upgrade our scouting staff of free agents and draft prospects.
    I also keep wishing Charlie Casserly was back on board like a General Manager and that Brian Mitchell was on staff. I’m not sure what B Mitch’s position would be but he would be a great help to the staff and team in correcting the mind set and motivation of the organization. Any opinion on that Mr. Rich Candler or anyone else. It seems unlikely but a good idea to me. Lol

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 5, 2015 at 9:01 AM

      It’s Rich Tandler, like it says at the top of the page, but I’ll forgive that.

      Brian Mitchell is a great showman and has a lot of football knowledge but he’s never shown any interest in or aptitude for the front office. I like Casserly but he’s been unemployed by the NFL, except on their network and this consulting gig with the Jets, for several years and nobody has seen fit to hire him.

  13. Eric - Jan 5, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Gotcha. Thanks for your reply. Big fan here and value your input.

  14. rebelsrevelations - Jan 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Whatever we decide to do, it has to start with rebuilding that atrocious O-line! (This squad re-defined the term “Offensive line!” with emphasis on OFFENSIVE! ) Whether we sign one or two Guards, or a Guard and Center, or whatever combination, this is where it starts to improve this team
    I’m sick of hearing how great a mistake RG3 has been, and how elite Romo is! If RG3 had some protection, he would make Romo look like a “pee-wee” QB! It’s incredibly hard to read the coverage in 1.2 seconds, make your decision, and get an accurate pass off in 2.1 seconds!
    The secondary for the Redskins was way below par, but we do have some very good pieces to that puzzle,starting with Breeland, Thomas, (if healthy) and Amerson … Yes, Amerson! We can’t afford to dump on a guy, just because he didn’t jump off the charts his second year! We saw that with Rambo, who it’s prospering in Buffalo, now that we cut him loose! We can’t afford to throw draft picks away anymore! We spend late round picks like they don’t belong in the NFL, and that’s the wrong way to look at it! Hopefully A.J. Smith will help it’s break those habits!
    I like coach Gruden, but he has a lot to learn, and he already has a full plate! Maybe his new DC (which I hope it’s Wade Phillips) can help him out by relieving him of the stress the defense is causing him weekly!
    HTTR!

  15. Darrin Allen - Jan 15, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    If they really want to savage some cap space my opinion will be to let go of 3players first:Orackpo,Bowens,and Hall!!

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 15, 2015 at 12:56 PM

      Orakpo’s a free agent, can’t let go of him. Not on cap.

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