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Redskins 2015 salary cap outlook: Offensive tackle

Jan 6, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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As Jay Gruden and company search for a new defensive coordinator people in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $20 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of the Redskins’ options. Yesterday we looked at the interior offensive line. Up today, offensive tackle

The Redskins currently have two offensive tackles under contract.

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Notes:

—Williams, the Redskins’ lone representative to the Pro Bowl, has the highest cap number on the team. His contract is up after the 2015 season. The Redskins would be wise to negotiate an extension for Williams that will lower his cap number for this season to perhaps the $9-$10 million range. That would give the team some cap space to address other positions of need and lock him up for the rest of the prime seasons of his career.

—Moses is on the second year of his four-year rookie deal.

—Tyler Polumbus, who started the first seven games at right tackle last year, is an unrestricted free agent.

—Tom Compton, who took over at right tackle when Polumbus was benched, is slated to be a restricted free agent.

Adding and subtracting

The Redskins will need to be doing more adding than subtracting at this position. As of right now, Williams is the only tackle who is certain to be available for the offseason program starting in the spring. Moses suffered a Lisfranc injury late in the season and the recovery timetable for that injury extends into the summer.

It seems unlikely that the team will do much to retain Polumbus, who made $2.5 million last year. Although his performance was not as bad as fan’s comments would have you believe, the team can upgrade for the same money they were paying Polumbus or perhaps for less.

Compton was an improvement over Polumbus, although not by leaps and bounds. Assuming they want to keep him around to at least compete to keep his job, the restricted free agent tag is expected to cost around $1.5 million for one year. In the past the Redskins have rarely used the tag, instead signing pending RFA’s to two- or three-year deals with a lower average per season than the tag would bring but with some guaranteed money. Maybe two years, $2 million with $250,000 or so guaranteed would get it done with Compton.

They tried to find a right tackle in free agency last year but they couldn’t get a deal done. The top options on the market this year, Doug Free of the Cowboys and Bryan Bulaga of the Packers, will cost more than Polumbus did, perhaps a lot more, and carry injury questions.

The draft is another option to find a right tackle. A tackle drafted with the Redskins’ first pick, No. 5 overall, would come in with a cap number of around $3.5 million and escalate to some $6 million at the end of the four-year deal. One taken in the second round would initially have a cap number of just under $1 million, climbing to around $1.8 million.

Cap information from OverTheCap.com and other sources.

  1. kenlinkins - Jan 6, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Like many of you, I have been running the draft simulators, but there is something wrong with a simulator that allows the following Redskins draft. 1. OT Scherff (OK, he could be there) 2. C Erving (no way, he is a middle 1st round pick) 3. DT Brown TX (no way, he is a late 1st round pick) 4. CB Rowe Utah (Maybe, but I think he will go earlier) 5. CB Thomas W.Ky (again, no way, someone will take him in the 4th) 6. S A. Amos Penn St (No way, he is a 4th round pick) 7. QB B. Bridge S. AL (Has the biggest arm in the draft and that rates higher that a 7th round pick). Rich: What do you think about a simulator that allows this kind of HOPE for us Redskins fans?

    • captblood3000 - Jan 6, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      Fanspeak’s On the Clock gives one flawed Big Board to all 32 teams and assumes those teams draft based primarily for need. It’s fun to play but otherwise useless. Try drafting for the Giants and see what it does for the Skins. BTW, I never take Scherff. Most of the time I can get Williams or Gregory in round 1, and either Bennett, Collins or Erving in round 2.

  2. bangkokben - Jan 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Rich,

    Well done. How does Trent Williams cap hit compare to other Left Tackles?

  3. captblood3000 - Jan 6, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    There will be elite tackles at #5 but elite right tackle is an oxymoron. If you draft a tackle at #5 you must plan to shift him to left tackle as Williams’ career winds down.

    No to Doug Free. Did anyone else tire of seeing him hold Kerrigan? Or his constant holding in the Detroit game? He would be a rental anyway. Are there other free agent options besides Bulaga and Compton? I would resign Compton and see what can be done in free agency at one of the line positions.

  4. Joe Greene - Jan 6, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Trent is massively overpaid for his actual level of play. He’s somewhere around 12-15 for LT play but paid like top 5. His cap number needs to come way down.

    Bulaga might be okay, Free is solid at RT, but I’d go for Derek Newton from Houston if the team is dead set on not bringing back Compton. A sleeper would be Jermey Parnell from Dallas who looked good in limited action this year (388 snaps) and would be a reasonably priced competitor for the RT spot.

    With that said, Compton gave up 6 sacks in 9 games but 2 of those were when he had to switch to LT to replace Trent. He’s a league average RT and we have much, much bigger needs at both OG spots.

    Drafting a RT #5 overall would be criminally stupid. Hopefully bringing McCloughan on board keeps that asinine mentality out of town.

    • bowlregard - Jan 6, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      If Trent didn’t look like a world beater this year you can chalk it up to injuries, I think. Hopefully he comes in healthy and stays that way this year.

      • Joe Greene - Jan 6, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Trent has never looked like a world beater. He’s got a reputation that outstrips his actual play. He’s good, but not elite and he’s being paid like he’s elite. I’d love to get his cap number down and enjoy a few more seasons of him playing LT, but lets not let homer goggles turn him into something he isn’t.

  5. alextwrs - Jan 7, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Not sure if McCloughan was the GM for seattle when we drafted T will, but I know they took Okung a couple of picks after. I would love to see his grades of both of them before that draft started.

  6. samhuff96 - Jan 8, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Can Mr. Compton catch the ball at all? He was put in running situations at TE.
    Nothing wrong with a blocking TE, who can catch the uncontested TD.

    Worked for Didier.

    • Joe Greene - Jan 8, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      Didier was the pass catcher to Donny Warren’s run blocker.

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