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Redskins salary cap outlook: Running back

Jan 26, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT


Salary cap review: Running backs

As Jay Gruden and company finalize the coaching staff 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. Previously we looked at the interior offensive line and offensive tackle, tight ends, and wide receivers.

Up today, running backs

The Redskins currently have four running backs under contract.



—This is probably one of the few teams in the NFL where the fullback makes more than any of the players who carry the ball. Young’s relatively high salary is due to his experience and the fact that the tailbacks were either late draft picks (Morris 6th round, Thompson 5th) or undrafted (Redd). This is the final year of Young’s contract.

—With three years of NFL experience, Morris is eligible to have his contract extended or otherwise reworked. If he is not extended he will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

—The Redskins control the rights to Thompson and Redd for three more seasons.

—Roy Helu Jr., a fourth-round pick 2011 and the team’s third down back for the last two years, is an unrestricted free agent.

—The Redskins’ spending at running back ranks 23rd in the NFL.

Adding and subtracting

The Redskins could roll right into 2015 with the running backs they have under contract now. That would put Thompson into the role as the third-down back and Redd as the guy who relieves Morris when he needs a break.

If they don’t trust Thompson to be able to pass block they could try to bring back Helu. He’s probably in line for a deal that would pay him about $5 million over three years. Tarik El-Bashir and I will examine whether or not the Redskins should bring Helu back or if they should let him go later this afternoon on

There is always the possibility that the Redskins will take a back in the draft. They might not want to count on Thompson, who has a history of being sidelined by injuries.

Cap information from and other sources.

  1. mdownes311 - Jan 26, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Even with Alfred set to make $1.574 million this year the Redskins are in good shape financially at running back with or without Helu’s pay increase that he should get. I’m willing to bet the Redskins draft a running back again this year since they might lose Helu and don’t seem to be enamored with Thompson or Redd.

  2. hk2000 - Jan 26, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    DY is worth every penny– He only scores touch downs! Morris is the sports car you’re grandpa owns, but he’s too old to use it properly, the other 2 are perfectly capable of backing up Morris, but with this coach non of this matters….he stinks.

  3. bullets2586 - Jan 26, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Sorry hk2000, look at his numbers. There is no way he is worth that much. I understand he is a good blocker, but there are several good FB’s that could take his place for less money. Not many teams even use a FB anymore, so finding a cheaper replacement is easy and should happen if his salary doesn’t come down significantly.

    • samhuff96 - Jan 28, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      DY blocks mostly, he’s a fullback carrying the ball and receptions are a (big) bonus. Morris gains more yards when DY is in the game. (Could it be that our Oline needs improvements in order to suck?.) But there it is.

  4. mitch2538 - Jan 27, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    If Leonard Williams is not available at #5, trade down and pick Brandon Scherff or Danny Shelton.

    FS Rahim Moore, and SS Ron Fowler would be nice additions, as it relates to addressing needs at safety during free agency.

    • mitch2538 - Jan 27, 2015 at 12:33 AM

      Sorry guys! My post ended up on the wrong site… I need to wake up, lol. Archives

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