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Redskins 2015 salary cap outlook: Inside linebacker

Feb 3, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT


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, running backs, quarterbacks, and wide receivers on offense and on the other side of the ball outside linebackers and the defensive line.

Up today, the inside linebackers.

The Redskins have six inside linebackers under contract for 2015:



—Riley is in the second year of a three-year contract he signed before last season. In 2016 he gets a $1 million raise in his base salary, making his cap number just over $5 million

—Hayward’s contract is up after this season.

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—Robinson, who emerged as the starter at Mike linebacker after two injury plagued seasons, is in the final year of the four-year contract he signed when he was drafted in the fourth round in 2012.

—Compton will be an exclusive rights free agent after the season, meaning that he likely will get a minimum salary contract in 2016.

—The Redskins’ total spending on linebackers (inside and outside) is 15th in the NFL.

Adding and subtracting

While much of the talk of players who should get contract extensions centers around OLB Ryan Kerrigan and OT Trent Williams, the Redskins should have a chat with Robinson’s agent as well. He was one of the few bright spots on defense last year and he could man the middle of the defense for years to come. The team should look at investing some of its cap money this offseason in Robinson.

Riley was a pending free agent a year ago and Jim Haslett was very public about wanting Riley re-signed. He was but now Haslett is gone and Scot McCloughan is making personnel decisions. Will Riley be considered worth the $4 million cap hit by McCloughan and new defensive coordinator Joe Barry? Should Compton, who played well when Riley was out with an injury, get a legitimate shot at the starting job? Should the team invest an early draft pick at the position?

Tarik El-Bashir and I will look at whether the team should shake up the inside linebacker spot this afternoon on

Cap information from and other sources.

  1. goback2rfk - Feb 3, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Keenan Robinson is worth resigning, I like his style. Reminds me sort of like Lavar Arrington but just not as powerful maybe.

    Keenan Robinson and Kerrigan are solid defensive players.

    P. Riley is a toss up. He has done some good stuff, it could go either way with him. I could understand both sides of the argument with him..

    The rest of the defense can be thrown in the trash can except for Breeland

    • bangkokben - Feb 3, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      Robinson reminds me more of Monte Coleman with his speed. Definitely not Arrington; more like Shawn Barber. Of course all these comparisons are OLBs.

  2. goback2rfk - Feb 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    As reported by all major media outlets: “Washington Redskins RUMORS: Robert Griffin III’s ‘Aloofness’ an Issue With Teammates, RG3 Losing Locker Room Support” .

    More talk of RG3 alienating the locker room and his teammates cant stand the dude.. Probably wont matter cause RG3 is going to be one of the few left around after free agency starts.

    • kenlinkins - Feb 3, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Rich: You know that I am not a All in for RG3 guy, but I read the Tim Brown story and the Jason Reid story today. What is it about RG3 that has both Fans and NFL types talking about him so much. What does Reid mean by “RG3 is not the brother you are going to hang out with”? (doesn’t like blacks? Gay? Bi? cheap? Drugs, kind of an open ended statement Mr. Reid). Also, why would player’s and coach’s share with J. Reid information about RG3’s leadership / Social skills and not the other local media? If RG3 was / is such a problem in the locker room why haven’t these unnamed Redskins addressed it? RG3 can not be the first Big Ego QB with a losing record in the Redskins locker room and I would have to feel that any head coach or GM worth his salt has deal with ego problems in their position before RG3 came along. Even if you believe that “where there is smoke their is fire”, why can’t the Redskins seem to get a handle on this. For myself, until I see a reporter place a name to the reported problem along with facts / results of the concerns rumored, I am going to call BS on the story. If a reporter can not get his source to go on record, IMO that reporter has no story. How about this for a head line “Jason Reid fears naming players and coach’s who are rumored to have told him RG3 is a problem in the locker!” Maybe it is brothers like Reid and Brown people should avoid hanging out with. Why not stick to the Who, What , Where, When and Why’s of reporting? In short Rich: What the heck is going on in this new age NFL?

      • kenlinkins - Feb 3, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        I also now wonder if the “small core of players / coach’s who just do not get it” are the ones who feed the rumors or just do not like RG3? God, I can not wait for the Redskins to clear out this core of players whoever they are! And that includes RG3 if he is the problem.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 3, 2015 at 10:38 PM

        I suspect it is Cousins. . He cant beat him on the feild for the job so he starts rumors. These reports come out while RG3 is starting but you dont hear a peep when cousins got his chance and blew it.

        • alextwrs - Feb 4, 2015 at 7:39 AM

          Stop it! That is the most ridiculous claim I have ever heard. Looking at the facts, Kirk kicked the crap out of RG3’s stats while only playing four games. Looks like Jay has a real hold on the locker room as well. Its this type of crap that makes me want to jump ship but I wont. “I suspect Cousins”, you all just ripped Reid for making claims and then you make a claim yourself about the hardest working and quietest presence in the locker room. Our fans are not the most intelligent, and i put up with Philly fans all day.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 4, 2015 at 6:19 PM

          Of course you think it’s Cousins.

          Reality disagrees with you on this, just like it does on everything. Cousins was a 3 year captain at Michigan St while only being a 2 year starter. That’s what type of teammate he is. To say otherwise is just stupid, but that’s your M.O.

  3. Joe Greene - Feb 4, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Riley needs to go. He had, just like Bob, a fluke season in 2012 that is a complete outlier compared to the rest of his career. It’s time to admit he developed into an okay backup, which is fine for where he was drafted, and never should have been paid like a starter. Archives

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