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Redskins 2015 salary cap outlook: Safety

Feb 5, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT


As Jay Gruden and company continue the process of planning for the 2015 season, in another part of the building at Redskins Park they 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, cornerbacks, and the defensive line.

Up today, safeties.

The Redskins have two safeties under contract for 2015:



—Both Thomas and Davis have just one year of accredited service so the team controls their rights for three more seasons.

—Both of last year’s starting safeties, Ryan Clark, who will turn 36 early in the season, and Brandon Meriweather, who just turned 31, are unrestricted free agents.

—Backup safety Trenton Robinson is a restricted free agent.

—The Redskins’ total spending at safety is last in the NFL and well below the league average of $7.2 million per team.

Adding and subtracting

Obviously there needs to be more adding than subtracting. It seems very likely that the team will move on from Clark and Meriweather so new starters will have to be found in free agency, the draft or from among the safeties left on the roster.

Thomas was a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 and if anyone on the roster is going to be in line to be a starter it’s him.

Robinson probably is no more than a depth and special teams player but the team likely would like to have him back. The team probably won’t hit him with the restricted free agent tag, which would bring a salary of around $1.5 million. Look for them to make him a contract offer that’s closer to the minimum for players with three accrued seasons ($645,000) but contains some guaranteed money.

Where should another starter come from? Tarik El-Bashir and I explore the question

Cap information from and other sources.

  1. ET - Feb 5, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Where is Duke Ihenacho in this scenario? Is he a factor at all?

    • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      No. He wasn’t very good in Denver despite being a starter due to injuries. He’s an in-the-box safety and that’s about it.

  2. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 5, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    I would sign Antrell Rolle and resign Merriweather. Merriweather makes plays he just needs to ain a little lower tackling people

    • bangkokben - Feb 5, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      channeling a middle-school girl: “That is SOOOO 2012.”

    • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      Rolle? Really? He’s almost as bad as Clark at this point. The last thing we need is a 30+ S who is in a steep decline in his abilities. Merriweather is mediocre, he just can’t stay healthy/not suspended enough to contribute.

      If you’re going to steal someone from within the division, snag a break even guy like Stevie Brown or a slight positive like Nate Allen, both of whom are still in their 20s.

      • goback2rfk - Feb 5, 2015 at 5:39 PM

        Merriweather is a solid backup worth little money

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 6, 2015 at 1:05 AM

        He actually played pretty good in 2013 6 ints spliting time between FS and SS. Last year he played closer to the line and played SS exclusively. Hes still had 3 picks I dont see that as decline He was playing closer to the line less opportunities. We only need him for a couple years till we develope a young guy.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 6, 2015 at 4:50 AM

          Rolle was pathetic last year and is 32 years old. It says everything about you that you literally don’t have anything to fall back on other than INT numbers. Rolle had a fluke season in 2013, regressed back to his old self in 2014, and will turn 33 next year while being bad against the run and average at best against the pass.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 6, 2015 at 9:18 AM

          Thats how dumb you are he played SS last year and he would be a 1 year rental SS plays closer to the line for run support FS is more Coverage learn the game

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 6, 2015 at 9:19 AM

          Try putting the food down and do some research might help you with your weight besides learning the game

    • bullets2586 - Feb 5, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      Merriweather is garbage. He can’t stay healthy, gets burned and the only thing that he can do consistently is getting a personal foal at the worst possible time in the game.

      • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 9:34 PM

        I wish I could get a young horse at the worst possible time.

  3. Kyle m - Feb 5, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Start clean, I have hope for Thomas, although it has dwindled greatly. However he is still young, both Clark and merriweather are hurting us on the field. Clark is a huge locker room presence but I think Kerrigan or Riley or even DeAngelo if/when he returns can hold as a leader. Clark was a bandaid and well we tore that sucker right off it was covering anything. I can’t say it was all Clark and merriweather since better pass rushing could have improved their numbers or left them less exposed but it’s clear they aren’t going to work out. Sign a bunch of defensive backs this offseason mid/late round maybe splash on one in the 2nd or 3rd if it’s worth it. But then just grab undrafted kids, try them out. Find players that have something to prove not players looking to cash in. We (the Redskins) need to find young talent that is bred in our system. But I’m not a GM so I probably know nothing

    • bangkokben - Feb 5, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Something Vinny Cerato should have said: “But I’m not a GM so I probably know nothing.”

      • skins4lyfe - Feb 5, 2015 at 6:07 PM

        So skins fans if u were the g.m. of this team looking at our team give me a rundown of what players u would cut based on age salary and most importantly direction of the team.

  4. goback2rfk - Feb 5, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    RG3 did not get mentioned as one of the 4 main nucleus players by the Redskins! LOL….. Talk about an insult!! WOW

    • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      It’s insulting to the fanbase to keep trotting the bum out as anything other than the joke he is.

      • redskinsinrichmondva - Feb 5, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        It’s insulting that people like you in the fanbase keep trashing someone who led the Redskins to only its 2nd division title in two decades. As a rookie. And who has also been thankful for the Redskins fanbase off the field.

        There are people who don’t highly regard his QB skills, but support him and appreciate what he did for the team. And then there are people like you.

        • skins4lyfe - Feb 5, 2015 at 11:33 PM

          I hope this fuels Robert to make all doubters eat their words.

        • skinsgame - Feb 6, 2015 at 6:31 AM

          Doubters? We’re beyond “doubters” now. It is a fact that Griffin has stunk it up. I hope what happens is, he uses his lousy play as fuel to improve himself on the field.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

          It’s a lousy Oline learn the game

        • Joe Greene - Feb 6, 2015 at 5:39 PM

          The OL is lousy, but they’re far less lousy when anyone other than Bob is behind them.

        • redskinsinrichmondva - Feb 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM

          McCoy was sacked only 1.7% of the time less than Griffin this season. That is an indisputable fact.

          Only Cousins worked well with the O-line this season, and he has his own set of issues, such as INTs and a lack of consistency. Archives

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