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Need to Know: Will Barry Cofield be back with the Redskins in 2015?

Feb 13, 2015, 5:12 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 13, five days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL assemble in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

Question of the day

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Today’s question comes from Twitter:

The first thing that should be noted here is that we don’t have any hard news, or even any substantial rumors, coming out of Redskins Park that anyone is going to be released. Any talk you’re hearing is speculation based on some combination of a player having a high cap number, a 30th birthday that has either already passed or will soon, and low on-field production.

Cap cuts certainly are being considered and some teams have started them already. I wouldn’t look for the Redskins to make any moves until we get much closer to the March 10 start of the league year. Scot McCloughan has had only about three and a half weeks for his personnel evaluations; he couldn’t get started in earnest until he got back from the Senior Bowl. So it will take some more time to get it all sorted out.

All that said, let’s take a look a Cofield. He is in the danger zone in all three of areas noted in the first paragraph here:

—His salary is $4.55 million and his cap number is $7.7 million, the fifth highest on the team. Releasing him would result in a dead cap hit of $3.6 million but net cap savings of $4.1 million.

—Cofield will turn 31 next month.

—He played in just eight games, spending half of the season on the injured reserve-designated for return list. Cofield landed there after he suffered a high ankle sprain in the season opener. He also had a sports hernia issue tended to while he was out. When it was all over he started three games, had five tackles and one sack.

Despite all of that, I think he survives for another season. They don’t really have a better alternative at nose tackle (Chris Baker, who subbed at nose while Cofield was out injured, is better suited to playing end). They may let go of Stephen Bowen, who has the fourth highest cap number on the team and will turn 31 about a week after Cofield does, and Kedric Golston, who will be 32 in a few months. Yes, they need a youth movement but you can’t all of a sudden cut half of your defensive linemen. That should keep Cofield around.

I think they will try to negotiate a cut in Cofield’s base salary, maybe cutting it in half and giving him the chance to earn some of it back with incentives and per-game roster bonuses. If he balks on taking a cut, perhaps things will change. But I think that one way or another he’s on the 53-man roster when the Redskins open up the 2015 season.


—It’s been 47 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 212 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 25; Redskins offseason workouts start 66; 2015 NFL Draft 76

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  1. thankslittlebrandonbanks - Feb 13, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Agreed… Reluctantly. Bowen should be gone. Cofield probably needs to stay, hopefully at a renegotiated rate. It’s a necessary evil to keep slightly older, slightly overpriced d linemen around until a better, younger replacement is found. Also for depth.

    • ET - Feb 13, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      My thinking is the same. The overhead on DL salaries is ridiculous in relation to the on-field production.

      But Rich is right—you can’t just jettison the entire group. Cofield is better and lass expensive than Bowen (though still too pricey). Hatcher and Colfield are both good when healthy. I think they both stick around another year. Hopefully MacC and Co. add some younger depth and a real nose tackle.

  2. mr.moneylover - Feb 13, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    I think barry colfield need to put on more weight to play that nose tackle postion…last year was his first time missing alot of games….Stephen bowen been missing in action for two years while getting paid time for him to go right along with tracy porter

    • bangkokben - Feb 13, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      More weight. That should help those ankles. Cofield needs to get better and stay on the field longer – not be injured and less effective. Here’s an idea. Get a real dominant nose.

      • captblood3000 - Feb 13, 2015 at 11:13 AM

        If they get a prototypical nose tackle, Cofield can play defensive end for many of his snaps. And he has a history of pressuring quarterbacks, so you can use him as your nickel tackle. So there are two more reasons to keep him.

      • 214hof - Feb 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

        Agree with getting a true NT… But this is the first time since he was signed that he missed time… If Washington doesn’t open the wallet for a guy like Dan Williams they should pick up Danny Sheldon. I would rather the latter happen. Cofield would be able to share snaps across the line along with Baker and that would keep them both fresh.

  3. renhoekk2 - Feb 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Coefield and Bowen both need to go. Both are expensive, on the wrong side of 30, and are missing games to injury. It’s been said that once guys hit 30 and start getting injured, they don’t get healthier and start getting injured less. If they can’t stay on the field and produce at a high level then you either have to play a less expensive backup anyway or have them hobble around and play at reduced level. So why keep the older injury prone and expensive guys around to begin with. Get younger, healthier, hungrier, less expensive guys in here and let them play.

  4. polofourme - Feb 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    I would not have a problem keeping him if we were running a 4-3 and we could play him in his natural position, DT…I don’t see any reason to keep him and play him as a NT where he rarely if ever gets any push…and to often gets beat along the LOS. It was mistake to try and convert him to a NT, just like it was a mistake to try and convert Orakpo and Kerrigan to OLBs…neither can cover, only one gets pressure and then he is on one game off the next. Again, if we were going to run a 4-3 I would keep everyone of these guys and play them in their natural positions. We are not…so good bye to Cofield, Orakpo. Just that simple.

    • bangkokben - Feb 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

      And we should have never fired Marty. Lamentations!

      Get over it. The 3-4 is here. All of the guys you mentioned have made the conversion successfully. Orakpo was a 4-3 outside linebacker for a year before the switch. He is decent in coverage as is Kerrigan but both you want rushing the passer. The 3-4 gives you the option to disguise your rushers and coverage. Now both would’ve been better in coverage and pass rushing had we had safeties or inside linebackers that could cover and you would never confuse their coverage abilities with Monte Coleman or Shawn Barber – both 4-3 OLBs where you’re covering more often. Cofield was at times the best defender on the team (2012 and beginning of 2013.) So just stop with the 4-3, bringing back Grag Blache, Richie Pettibone, or any other unlikely scenario.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 14, 2015 at 9:42 AM

        It’s worth remembering that converting to the 3-4 was both trendy and stupid for us when we did it, bangkokben.

        In other words, typical of the Snyder era.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 14, 2015 at 4:55 PM

          Yep, a straight up conversion to a new system without getting players that actually fit it.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 14, 2015 at 4:54 PM

      Orakpo is one of the best coverage LBs in the league. Archives

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