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Redskins 2015 salary cap outlook: Cornerback

Feb 4, 2015, 1:04 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 , inside linebackers, and the defensive line.

Up today, cornerbacks.

The Redskins have six cornerbacks under contract for 2015:



—Hall has the ninth-highest salary cap number on the team. He is in the second year of a four-year contract he signed a year ago. His cap numbers for the 2016 and 2017 seasons rise to slightly over $5 million each season.

—If Hall is still on the roster 14 days after the start of the league year (March 24) $1.25 million of his salary for the year will be fully guaranteed.

[RELATED: Redskins 2015 position outlook: Cornerback]

—Porter is in the second year of the two-year deal he signed as a free agent last year. The $250,000 in roster bonuses are of the per-game variety so they only get paid if he is on the 46-man game day active roster. Also included in his cap number are $300,000 in incentive bonuses that he can earn.

—Amerson will enter the third year of the four-year contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013. Breeland is entering the second year of his rookie contract he got after being drafted in the fourth round last year.

—E. J. Biggers, who was the nickel corner for most of last season, is an unrestricted free agent.

—The Redskins’ total spending on cornerbacks is 16th in the NFL and below the NFL average of $12.1 million per team.

Adding and subtracting

Let’s start with the easy one. It would be difficult to justify keeping Porter on the roster after he played in just three games last year. He missed eight of the first nine games with a hamstring strain, played in two, and then hit injured reserve for the last five games with a shoulder injury.

Injuries happen but they happen a lot to Porter. He has missed multiple games in six of his seven NFL seasons. Even if he is willing to take a cut to his base salary the Redskins should move on from Porter.

The other question mark from a financial standpoint is Hall. There would be a $2.44 million dead cap hit but $2.37 million in net cap savings if the team releases him prior to when the partial guarantee of his salary kicks in. He suffered a torn Achilles in Week 3 and then tore the same tendon again about a month later.

The salary guarantee deadline puts some pressure on the organization to make a call sooner rather than later. What should they do? Tarik El-Bashir and I will examine that question later this afternoon on

Cap information from and other sources.

  1. skins4lyfe - Feb 4, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    I hate to say it but it would be a better buisness decision to let hall Porter and biggers go. I am a faithful skins fan but there are free agents and draft picks that can fill these roles for less money. Lets take the time to possibly get two of our new coaches some of their own players. Brandon flowers was in San diago with the new d.c Walter Thurmond was with out new secondary coach make a play for both and hope for one. There is also is Byron Maxwell and Chris culliver who was I believe drafted by our her g.m. I am not saying to put amerson down to pasture I am saying competition breeds winners. Which ever one will take halls salary again sad to see him go but as for Porter keep it pushing u werehere.

    • greed - Feb 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM

      I agree with porter and biggers being cut i cant remember one impactfull play by either BUT Im keeping Hall his salary is not breaking the bank its rather on par for a player of his tenoir and capabilities, he clearlly a team leader as well as the leader of the DB was it a coincedent that amerson play went down after hall injury he intrusted hall his rookie yr had nobody he could lean on when hall was gone ive heard Amerson and Breeland praise Hall for his leadership in the classroom and on the field not to mention he can also play some FS

  2. ET - Feb 4, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Who knows when Hall will be back, or in what condition. Still, I’d be loathe to cut him. He’s been a good player for us.

    Biggers and Porter? Show them the door ASAP. Better to watch a rookie or journeyman taking some licks rather than see Biggers blow yet another coverage. At least the young guy might get better.

  3. goback2rfk - Feb 4, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    We only have 1 decent corner-back and that is Breeland. Everyone else is expendable. Hall is old blown out achiles will never be the same… O.B. will torch Hall lets get real. I like Hall a lot but this is business.

    The more you think about it, can you even come up with 10 players on the Redskins that are even serviceable?!?
    Tandler needs to do an article on his top 10 Redskins on the roster right now.

    Breeland, Morris, Jackson, Way, K. Robinson, Williams, P. Thomas, Kerrigan, W. Compton, maybe J. Reid

    Thats about it folks, those are my best 10 Redskins.. The rest of the 40+ players are expendable.

  4. ajbus1 - Feb 4, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    I say keep Hall around one more year. We’re gonna need a veteran presence amongst the secondary. Clark, Meriweather, Porter, and Biggers should all be gone. Maybe he could play some FS this year.

  5. Joe Greene - Feb 4, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Hall has been one of the worst CBs in the league for years and is massively immature even at his current age. This is a guy who has been in the bottom 5-10 every year in catches allowed and yards allowed. He’s flat out a bad CB and never actually has been good. He gets noticed because occasionally he actually makes some plays and his ego shoves him in front of the camera every chance he gets. Save the money now and get him out of the locker room.

    • skins4lyfe - Feb 4, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      Lets get one thing str8 if it wasn’t buisness related I would keep hall until he couldn’t run anymore. Does he get beat sometimes yes but it was never because of a blown assignment. He was and still is a corner that takes chances and sometimes they turned out pretty well. As for his attitute give me 11 of those on our defenrand we will go to the super bowl. Age injury and yes even though his salary isn’t breaking the bank it is occupying a spot at that price that could be spent on abetter investment in the future.

      • skins4lyfe - Feb 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

        And to answer another question we have ok talent not the worse not the best but effort can cure that. T.way rg3(yeah I said it) d young a.Morris p. Garcon djackson Reed T. Williams k. Robinson breeland all have talent that teams would covet

        • bangkokben - Feb 4, 2015 at 8:28 PM

          I appreciate your enthusiasm but when you name your rookie punter first on your list of talented players other teams covet it kinda undermines your argument. Other than the Cardinals who couldn’t flip the field against the Panthers with their sorry punter, I can’t imagine ANY team coveting a rookie punter. Even if he does it three years in row, I think most GMs will try to FIND a punter. There are millions – okay thousands – of guys that can punt and there are only 32 jobs. Considering the value of the position (4 or 5 touches a game), I don’t think any punter is coveted.

    • bangkokben - Feb 4, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      Where’s your supporting evidence, Joe? Worst cornerbacks? Just because he isn’t an all-pro doesn’t make him one of the worst. Not even one of the worst in the NFC East. C’mon. So, you don’t like him? What a freaking surprise! Taylor Swift has a line about you: “Haters going to hate, hate, hate, hate.” Pretty much sums you up.

      • Joe Greene - Feb 4, 2015 at 8:20 PM

        PFF tracks catches allowed and yards allowed every season. Hall has been terrible in those stats, bottom 5-10, every year in DC. He’s a horrible CB.

        • bangkokben - Feb 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM

          PFF is right up there with Walter.

        • captblood3000 - Feb 4, 2015 at 9:43 PM

          Jay Cutler agrees with you, Joe.

        • mrperry757 - Feb 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM

          Tony Romo said yeah get rid of him too

        • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 12:03 AM

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        • Rich Tandler - Feb 5, 2015 at 6:18 AM

          I like PFF and use it in articles a lot but I’m very dubious of their defensive back stats. They just don’t know who had responsibility for the coverage on a given play. I’ve seen many times where they have charged Hall (or another corner) with big play give up only to talk to the safety and find out that he should have given Hall (or the other corner) deep help.

          Hall is overrated by some. He’s not in the top tier of cornerbacks, not even in the second tier. But he’s far from the bottom of the barrel as PFF perennially has him rated. Is he worth $4.8 million? Probably not and I’d be surprised if there isn’t a downward adjustment in his paycheck.

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    • goback2rfk - Feb 4, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      I agree Hall is definitely not top notch or anything and I can not see how he is on the team next year. However, I will never forget that 4 INT game he had vs. Jay Cutler. Not many people have ever had 4 INT in one game.

      • Joe Greene - Feb 4, 2015 at 11:51 PM

        And? It’s one fluke game against a QB who has a history of throwing INTs in bunches.

        • will - Feb 5, 2015 at 12:14 PM

          Your completely right, he jumps the routes and doesn’t have the speed anymore to correct the mistake. Even with top speed you need a free safety who can get to the corner to break up the play. We have not had a safety to allow corners to play underneath in 8 years. Instead of wasting picks we need to gain a few picks and trade whatever qb falls to 5 for a 10-15 pick get Collins, and use the middle of the draft linemen and a middle round qb with upside to learn grudens system, which andy dalton did pretty well with, while rg3 trys to save his career the next few years. Collins won’t be sean taylor but he is quicker and will far and away be the skins best safety since, if we can find a way to fall a few spots in the draft. Merriweather is a nickel corner not a safety. If the secondary can sure up, we have a solid defense.

  6. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 5, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    He has shut down opponents top WR ( Dez Bryant , Megatron ) I would keep him. We have Breeland and Amerson even if he is loosing a little he can cover the other teams #2 or #3 guy. Or we can move him to FS either way its not costing much. Cut Porter.

  7. alextwrs - Feb 5, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Point is who would replace him and why take the cap hit when it is a position of need. He has a great attitude on a crappy team. Hard to find these days for even 4 million a year. Biggers should have been left in tampa and Porter……… i shook my head when we signed that lack of talent.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      There are plenty of people to replace a child like MeAngelo and his horrible attitude. Someone like Byron Maxwell, a player that McCloughan is familiar with and that fits his desire for/our need for size, is available and is only 27 at the start of next season. A solid vet who can still contribute, like Antonio Cromartie, would also be a good option and a major upgrade over Hall. Davon House is a solid young option from Green Bay who will only be 26 starting next season. Throw in an option like Perrish Cox, another guy who McCloughan is familiar with and who has decent size. It’s not difficult to replace a bad CB like Hall.

  8. murphsman - Feb 5, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Yeah I agree with Rich. Is he top-notch? No. Is he horrible? Hardly

    • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      He’s horrible and always has been. Archives

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