Jan 15, 2015, 5:16 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 15, 105 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock for the first round of the NFL draft.
Question of the day
We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.
Today’s question comes from Twitter:
Deciding whether or not to invoke the fifth-year option the Redskins have on Griffin’s contract (a provision that applies to first-round picks starting with the 2011 draft) is something on the Redskins’ to-do list for this offseason. But it shouldn’t take them long to figure out what to do.
Griffin signed the now-standard four-year contract when he was the second pick of the 2012 draft. The Redskins have to decide if they will add a year to that contract at a salary of approximately $16 million or if they will let him play out his deal in 2015 and become a free agent.
They have until early May to declare or decline the option but it shouldn’t take them nearly that long to decide. I don’t see any way they should pick up that option.
Bruce Allen and Scot McCloughan only need to discuss one thing—what are the chances that Griffin will be worth a $16 million salary in 2016? If the answer is no, then you don’t exercise the option.
True, the option is guaranteed only for injury. If Griffin is healthy they could pull back the option offer prior to the start of the league year in March and walk away. But suppose he plays well enough that you want to hold on to him but not well enough to be worth $16 million for the season? Then you are stuck with trying to negotiate a deal with him when he and his agent will see his starting point $16 million since that essentially is the offer that’s on the table.
I think that the best thing for the Redskins and Griffin to do is negotiate a short-term extension. He is guaranteed a $3.4 million salary for this year as part of his rookie deal so you have to write that into it. Do a two-year deal, guarantee him a total of $10 million and give him a modest 2016 salary that can escalate if he reaches performance benchmarks. After two years they will know where they stand and can either part ways or negotiate a longer extension.
The ace in the hole for the Redskins is the franchise tag. Should Griffin revert to his 2012 form in 2015 and the Redskins are having difficulty signing him they would have the option of giving him the franchise tag. That would be somewhere in the vicinity of $20 million. It’s not that $4 million more is not significant but in the scheme of a cap that is likely to be $150 million in 2016, it’s not a difference that is very damaging.
—It’s been 18 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 241 days until they play another one
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 54; 2015 NFL Draft 105
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