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Redskins’ cap space is dwindling but they can create more

Mar 16, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT

McCloughan intro

The Redskins have spent much of their available salary cap space since the start of free agency last week but they still have an adequate amount to work with and the ability to create some more if they need it.

Washington started a week ago with about $28 million in cap space. According to Over the Cap, the Redskins have about $11.73 million left to spend. That is slightly below the middle of the pack in terms of space available; 20 NFL teams have more space.

Although the Redskins can create more space if they need to, their options are limited. There are two players who are in the top third on the team in terms of cap space used who realistically could be cap casualties. Now that the team has signed cornerback Chris Culliver it would seem that Tracy Porter is now expendable. Releasing him would save $2.3 million against the cap. And even though they have not signed any offensive linemen yet, they should be able to find a replacement for guard Chris Chester either on the team or in the upcoming draft. Releasing him would save $4 million in cap space.

They also could create some more cap space by extending some current players to lower their cap hits. Team President Bruce Allen said on 106.7 The Fan last week that the Redskins wanted to work out contract extensions with left tackle Trent Williams and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Not only could they lock up two of their most important players through the prime seasons of their careers, they could decrease the cap hits of both Williams (currently $13.7 million) and Kerrigan ($7.03 million) if they choose to structure them that way.

The Redskins may need the additional space. They have a few more free agent needs to handle and they can’t run the account down to nothing. Most teams want to have about $5 million going into the season to pay practice squad players and to pay players who wind up on injured reserve. They also will need some cap space to pay their 2015 draft picks.

How much will they need for the draft? Check back here tomorrow for a post on that topic.

  1. Stephfan - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Release porter please

  2. renhoekk2 - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Options are getting pretty limited for Safety and Cornerback if they truly are looking to sign any. At least as far as starter level ability goes. Plenty if you are just looking for a body back there. I suppose more will become available after the draft and once camps open and teams make roster cuts through out the summer. Wonder if Jake Long would be interested in continuing his career for less than he’s used to getting paid while switching to RT?

    • brucefan1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      “Wonder if Jake Long would be interested in continuing his career for less than he’s used to getting paid while switching to RT?”

      Good question Ren. (BTW, howz yer cousin Sven? Hehe)

      I read reports (elsewhere) that the Free Agent OTs are down to stems & seeds by now, but there still seems to be a couple out there who I GUESS would be better alternatives than Tom Compton — at least at this point in his career.

      You mentioned Long (age 30 in May), although I see that a recent string of injuries may have him reconsidering his NFL future. Maybe there’s no tread on that tire anymore.

      But, two other guys — 27 year-old Joe Barksdale from the Rams and Byron Bell (26), late of the Panthers — are names I still see (hmmm…is that a bad sign?) on charts of available FAs who seem decently-rated . (Anyone know much about them?! Anyone? No one?)

      Anthony Collins, who flopped in TB as an FA last season (but didn’t ALL the FAs they signed last off-season?! LOL), seems to still be on the market too. Maybe the Skins can get him on one of those “Pot Roast Special” “show-me” contracts?? Maybe?

      So, even with my untrained eye, there still seems to be options at RT.

      Who else would be shocked if the Skins went into camp with only Compton as the only viable RT on the depth chart? Yikes!

      • renhoekk2 - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:27 AM

        I was looking at it more like a 30yr old one legged Jake Long would be the best RT the Skins have had since Jansen left about 7yrs ago. I don’t think anyone is going to give him starter LT money at this point. If he still wants to play and start a move to RT would make sense. He was making $8M i think last year. Cut Chester and and give him his $4M.

        • brucefan1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 1:24 PM

          I hope that Long IS one of the options available to the Skins at RT! The more choices the merrier, my Gramma always said! (Well….I’m sure someone’s Gramma said that.) And I agree they’d want him only if you could get him on the cheap — and perhaps strictly as a placeholder.

          I’m also hoping that one of those other guys still unsigned can be obtained on a team-friendly basis. The market for none of them seems to be booming, right? Are they overpricing themselves maybe?

          Time will tell.

      • rtcwon - Mar 16, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        You’re going to have to loosen your definition of viable. The best RT on the market is Tyler Polumbus so rule out any FA. Looks like its Compton and develop at least one of the 4 very raw guys already here and maybe a fifth from the draft. There is a new line coach and they’re pretty due to get lucky and have two of them pan out, so why not?

  3. brucefan1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    “How much will they need for the draft? Check back here tomorrow for a post on that topic”

    Ooohhh…a cliffhanger!! LOVE it!

  4. Wingking - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Release Tracy Porter release Chris Chester save the 4,000,000+ get us back up to about 18 million in Space that will give you about 13 million to sign a few more free agents one safety one center one guard one tackle any of those combinations of players before the draft and save 5 million for anything else for 2015. Oakland has a center they release 25 years old 300+ pounds and St. Louis released the tackle 300+ pounds and is 26 years old. Stefen and Joe Barksdale would be a big help to the offense of line.

  5. deepball1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    its AMAZING! Everybody says its a 2-3 year rebuild program. Then in the same breath everybody says they have to fill ALL the holes….THIS year. Phillip Thomas is the strong safety. Why do the Redskins need another strong safety? “Oh, he is unproven. We need a guy who can do it NOW!”

    Oh…so we are going to the playoffs THIS year then?

    “We need more cap space. Compton is a backup. We have to find a right tackle NOW…if we are going to the playoffs……although its a 2-3 year rebuild program?”

    Ya see how I am confused? ALL the holes have to be filled according to you…..according to everybody apparently. But in the same breath, its a rebuilding program that will continue on into next year. So if that is true…then are we going to REPLACE the guys we go out and get to fill those holes this year? I don’t understand. And apparently most of you don’t either…..including Rich Tandler.

    • deepball1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

      if ya still don’t get it…let me put it THIS way.

      The Redskins have 8 HOLES to fill. They go fill FOUR this off season see how it goes. And then next off season…they fill another FOUR. BINGO! All holes filled, without mortgaging the future or overpaying for the 2nd and 3rd tier of free agents lying around in the scrap heap.

      Defensive END is filled. Nose Tackle is filled. Cornerback is filled. and Pass rusher will be filled with pick 5.

      NEXT year a REAL free safety will be in the draft. A right tackle in free agency. Another receiver, etc. etc.


      • deepball1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:08 AM

        I think Scott M. Understands this philosophy. In fact, he has already said it’s a PROCESS. Go back and listen to his press conference. Those of you who complain that “he shoulda done this or shoulda done that” don’t have a clue. Scott M has a methodical plan to REBUILD the Skins and it will take 2-3 years. Look for several good young guys in this draft to become starters for the Redskins NEXT YEAR….. in 2016. To Scott M…filling a hole means filling it for the FUTURE….not necessarily filling it right now.

        Spoiler alert ! !…..the Redskins will be lucky to win 6 games this season. BUT…they have a plan and its on schedule.

      • brucefan1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 1:12 PM

        Yer right deepball, this rebuild is gonna take time, but sometimes ya gotta consider there are HOLES on a team — and sometimes there are BLACK holes! And it seems like the Skins have a few of them there “Black” holes on their roster at this point in time.

        Me? I think many feel if they don’t at least shore up as many of them as possible — even with stop-gap measures — next season could get real UGLY!!

        For example, as things stand now, most seem to feel the Skins have NUTHIN at safety that they’d want to run out there on a regular basis. At the very LEAST, Phil Thomas (NINE total starts) needs more time to develop. And like I posted earlier, I’d be very squeamish (as would anyone playing QB next season, I’d wager) if Tom Compton was the Skins only option at RT.

        Maybe some like those guys fine, but it seems a few here think there need to be more NFL-ready bodies in the mix at both spots…but what you say is true, they don’t have to be PERMANENT, long-term solutions.

        • murphsman - Mar 17, 2015 at 7:43 AM

          Why are people saying Compton is the only RT we have? What about Moses and Tyler Larsen? Granted, we don’t know if we can count on Moses because there’s no knowing how long he’ll take to return from the LisFranc injury, but he should be able to play at some point.

        • captblood3000 - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:28 AM

          Larsen played center at Utah State. Long played guard at Nebraska. Moses played right tackle at Virginia but played left tackle his final year.
          As it now stands, Moses and Compton will compete for the right tackle job. But they could still sign another free agent or look at any of the reserve linemen on the roster. Stay tuned.

      • skinsgame - Mar 17, 2015 at 5:06 AM

        You forgot to mention the so-far, gaping hole at QB….

        I agree with your post and it’s why I hope Scot does not use “need” as part of draft grades. The draft is about the year after next, not about next year. Needs change every year. Draft the best player, regardless of need or position and in 2-3 years, with good scouting, you’ll have some quality depth at most positions.

        Reading posts here and elsewhere, people seem to believe Scot uses need as part of grading but that is not what he said, thankfully. I’ts my belief people are going to get a rude awakening on draft days for the next few years as Scot “inexplicably” drafts a WR or QB when the “need” is deemed something else.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:02 AM

      Please show me where I said that all the holes must be filled immediately.


      > > >

      • Rich Tandler - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:06 AM

        And do you really need to reply to your own posts?

        • skinsgame - Mar 17, 2015 at 5:09 AM

          Umm, you just replied to your own post. Lol. Pun intended?

      • deepball1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM

        Your Quote: “They have a few more free agent needs to handle and they can’t run the account down to nothing.” indicates that you are waiting for “ALL THE HOLES must be filled immediately”.

        You keep doing articles talking about the safety positions. You HAVE said “Thomas is not the answer”. I understand that you have to write articles, but your inferences are that the Redskins should be continuing to look for more cap space in order to sign more “free agents”. Why sign more ‘free agents” unless you are filling holes.

        You have not done one single article representing what I have just outlined. Show me the article where you pointed out that Scott M. is filling SEVERAL needs this year and will continue the “process” on into next year. I would love it if you would reprint the article where you emphasize that not all HOLES will be filled this year with free agents or in this years draft…..because it’s a PROCESS. I apologize if I missed that article Rich.

        • ET - Mar 16, 2015 at 1:12 PM

          Regardless of whether it’s a “process” that will take several seasons, the Skins have a known deficiency at safety.

          A time horizon of multiple seasons does not mean McC can or should write off the position. Does that mean spending mega-millions in FA? No. But they need more than the young, unknown quantities currently on the roster.

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 16, 2015 at 1:40 PM

          Gee, caught redhanded, I guess. Well, not really because I didn’t say it. Are you sure I wasn’t referring to perhaps some inside linebackers who might help on special teams. A veteran backup O-lineman, perhaps.

          In short, don’t put words in my mouth.

          > > >

        • brucefan1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 2:50 PM

          Hey did you see were the Skins signed former Seahawk safety-in-waiting Jeron Johnson! Guess he was deemed ready for prime time after all!

          (Oops! PRIMETIME; isn’t that a dirty word to Redskin fans! LOL)

        • rtcwon - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:28 PM

          The article is just information about the salary cap, a common interest for most fans. You somehow read an implied course of action that happens to contradict your premise of ‘rebuilding’ takes time. I gladly refute that concept with parity but you can’t even distinguish facts from your bias.

          Here is the actual process:
          Get the 22 best starters you can find
          Upgrade all 22 positions whenever possible

          There are lots of ways of going about it but you are advocating not completing step 1 because step 2 isn’t currently possible?

    • renhoekk2 - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:13 AM

      Nobody is saying they need to find long term starters that will be in place for 5 or 6 years. But you need guys who can compete and play at an NFL level. You can’t just throw a guy out there because you drafted him a few years ago and you need a body out there. Coaches and GM’s watch these guys in practices we don’t get to see. They know if the guy can play or not. You can’t have guys out there, especially in the secondary in a pass happy league that will cost you games. Trust me the coaches want upgrades because guys that cost you games by making mistakes and lacking ability get coaches fired.

      • deepball1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:28 AM

        well its funny that Akeem Davis is a 25 year old free safety, strong tackler on special teams, and yet has ZERO starts on the Redskins. And yet everybody says the Redskins must go out and find a free safety. HELLOOO!

        Phillip Thomas has exactly 4 starts for the Redskins and played pretty well at the end of last year in probably the worst defensive scheme in the league. Yet everybody says the Redskins must go out and find a strong safety. HELLOOO!

        So TO YOUR POINT….they need guys who can compete but they can’t compete just in practice. To quote someone once upon a time: “practice….we talkin bout practice”. Do you know who the talent evaluator should be??? The football field…..not Gruden…not practice….not Mel Kiper….not Vinnie….Not Bruce….THE FIELD.

        • bangkokben - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:34 AM

          I get the fact that this is a rebuild and we don’t need household names at every position but right now, we can’t even field a defense with what we’ve got at safety. Who are the four safeties on this year’s 53-man roster?
          Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith
          Akeem Davis
          Duke Ihenacho
          Trenton Robinson
          Phillip Thomas

          One draft pick and four guys. Hey, you want Thomas as a starter – whateves. As long as he actually beats out competition and is healthy. We need at least three guys to compete with this lot. Right now they don’t even need to count against the cap. Hell, these guys probably don’t considering the rule of 51.

          As for right tackle:
          Morgan Moses (Lis Franc)
          Tom Compton
          Xavier Nixon
          Edawn Coughman

          We don’t even have enough bodies for camp let alone any real competition at either position. Sure there is the draft but that is for best players available not to just draft safeties and tackles.

        • renhoekk2 - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:35 AM

          Right because most guys play completely different than how they practice. If the coach calls a certain coverage in practice and the player plays it completely wrong more than once during the week, that means nothing and they can completely trust him to go out in the game and play it correctly. There is a reason why teams video tape every practice and then watch how players performed. Regardless of what you believe, IT MATTERS.

  6. mr.moneylover - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Im surprise that Chris chester and tracy porter havent been release yet…we can do better without them just like we can do better without tyler polumbus…I think that 11 mill going towards jeron johnson contract

    • brucefan1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 2:57 PM

      That DOES seem to be the prevailing sentiment about Chester from most observers — but he does seem to have many defenders also.

      Wouldn’t be SHOCKED if he’s still in place come the opener. (Now, Lauvao on the other hand…)

      • skinsgame - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:14 AM

        If Chester is still in place on opening day, we are in deep trouble.

      • captblood3000 - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM

        Long wasn’t supposed to start in 2014 since he had ACL surgery in the fall of 2013. Chester wasn’t supposed to regress in 2014. The starting job is there for Long to win.

        • Stephfan - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:38 AM

          If Chester is still on the team wacth he starts. If you guys may remember he blocked in the ravens system which I believe was a power based run. Somthing he did well… But than he switched to zone and now looks a mess. Even we know last years runs weren’t power based.. Some were zone but whatever on that.. My point is that Chester may start only because I feel while it is Chester’s to lose, he will have a quick hook if he looks bad? That’s what I think…

  7. mr.moneylover - Mar 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Its a two to three year process…you try to make your team respectable in the first year then you try to build on that…I agree with ricky Jean franciso its all about having that mindset of being the best…they plan on being aggressive this year and see were they go weather its blitzing alot on being more physical…mike clark gonna get these guys in shape starting april 20th and thats when they playoff push starts is in the weight room…I belive in scot M. and the coaching staff…its not a overnight fix but it is a running marathon that keeps going even when the draft is over

  8. st4hof - Mar 16, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    I don’t understand why everyone is saying Washington NEEDS a pass rusher. Do you even watch Washington play on Sundays? Raks best year came before Kerrigan was drafted. Kerrigan’s best years came while Rak was sidelined. Now I know that it never hurts to have TWO bookend plass rushers in a 3-4. That being said, what other 3-4 defense in the league has two top 20 picks (I say top 20 only because Kerrigan was pick 16) invested in OLB? The Chiefs, who have a ridiculous pass rushing combo of Hali/Houston did not use this method. Hali was 20th overall (and played end the first few years before making the transition to LB) and Houston was a 3rd round pick 70 overall. You don’t NEED to draft a pass rusher in the first to form bookends. How did it work out for Washington last time they tried? Paring Kerrigan with Rak was supposed to be the answer, but it only lead to more questions. I wouldn’t rule anything out with the 5th pick.(besides a trade-up)

    • brucefan1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      So true; MANY gems have been found in later rounds, but I think most in the NFL are still married to the notion that you get your best chances for success with your picks in the very early portion of draft. (Probably still would, even if some number-cruncher was able to prove that league-wide dogma to be false!)

    • bangkokben - Mar 16, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      1. You have to have more than one guy rush the passer.
      2. The 3-4 allows to you to not always send the same four.
      3. Murphy hasn’t shown at this level that he can rush the passer.
      4. You can get an impact pass rusher at #5.
      5. There will be options of three or four top pass rushing talent at five.
      6. Kerrigan could get injured, then what do you have?

      No the Redskins don’t have use #5 on a pass rusher but definitely have a need there plus a pass rusher is likely be the best player available.

      • st4hof - Mar 16, 2015 at 3:46 PM

        1. There is more the just Kerrigan on the roster

        2. Refer to one

        3. Murphy hasn’t shown that he cannot/will not improve

        4. You can get IMPACT pass rushers ANYWHERE in the draft

        5. Who says the “top” pass rushing talent grade out to be BPA and if there are 5 edge rushers available history shows 4 will be busts

        6. Refer to one

        OLB is a LUXURY pick, not a NEED. I’m not saying I would be opposes to adding a guy like Fowler but to take a chance on one of the other “top talent” as you called them… I would be. I, like EVERYONE else have no idea how the draft will play out. But to place such emphasis on needing an edge rusher is silly. I would not be surprised if Washington had to choose at 5 and took WR, freeing up moves for next year.(Garcon and DeSean counting for almost 20 mill against the cap combined)

        • bangkokben - Mar 16, 2015 at 6:55 PM

          I’ve got no problem with a WR if that is the best player available as this year has shown if you’re a wide receiver scheduled to make $10M+ the team might trade you for scraps (Mike Wallace & Brandon Marshall) or cut you outright (Andre Johnson & Greg Jennings) if they think you’re not worth it. At the same time at OLB you have Kerrigan, Murphy, Jeffcoat, and Gabe Miller. That my friend is not a luxury. That is a horrible unit. There has to be 20 units better than that but why don’t you just name five that are worse.

          1. Sure anyone on the roster can rush the passer but who on the roster other than Kerrigan has provided two solid seasons of doing it? List them. The secondary sucks and if you don’t get to the passer guys like Sean Hill, Teddy Bridgewater, and Josh McCown look like pro-bowlers. 108.3. That’s our opponents’ QB rating against our defense. Collectively quarterbacks facing our defense would have been an MVP candidate.

          2. The 3-4 gives you the option to rush any of your front seven but let’s not upgrade the linebackers because it’s a luxury.

          3. Wait for what? If he develops into a pass rusher then bonus but crossing your fingers and hoping Murphy gets explosive isn’t going to get it done.

          4. When (where in the draft) have the REDSKINS acquired an impact pass rusher in the past 25 years? Child puh-leeze.

          5.’s top ten player grades:
          Williams, Leonard DE 6’5″ 302 USC 7.6
          Cooper, Amari WR 6’1″ 211 Alabama 7.1
          Fowler, Jr., Dante OLB 6’3″ 261 Florida 7.0
          Ray, Shane DE 6’3″ 245 Missouri 6.8
          White, Kevin WR 6’3″ 215 West Virginia 6.7
          Beasley, Vic OLB 6’3″ 246 Clemson 6.6
          Gregory, Randy OLB 6’5″ 235 Nebraska 6.6
          Winston, Jameis QB 6’4″ 231 Florida St. 6.5
          Scherff, Brandon OG 6’5″ 319 Iowa 6.4
          Armstead, Arik DT 6’7″ 292 Oregon 6.4
          Shelton, Danny NT 6’2″ 339 Washington 6.4

          2011 end rushers drafted in the 1st round
          2 Denver Broncos Von Miller LB Texas A&M
          7 San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith LB Missouri
          11 Houston Texans J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
          14 St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
          16 Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan LB Purdue
          18 San Diego Chargers Corey Liuget DE Illinois
          20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
          24 New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan DE California
          31 Pittsburgh Steelers Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State

          History shows what? Not what you said.

    • captblood3000 - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:44 AM

      The Redskin defense couldn’t get off the field on third and long last year. If you’re the other team’s offensive coordinator, make sure you’ve got Kerrigan blocked and you will convert.

  9. ET - Mar 16, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Whelp, at least Jeron Johnson is on board now, for 2 years at $4 million. While he’s something of an unknown, he’s been the understudy to the best in the business. That signing makes me feel much better.

    • bangkokben - Mar 16, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      This is a good get and will likely only bring our cap down to $10.5M.

  10. greed - Mar 16, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    theres no such thing as a 2-3 yr Rebuilding plan in the NFL teams go to worst to first all the time as we did in 2012. The gm job is to field the best capable team to compete to win the division and at the same time make personel moves thru drafting and freagency to maintain a competive team yr in and yr out – coaches and executives get fired for throwing in the towel before the first kickoff its scotty job and responsibility to give J GRUDEN the best team he can to succeed and be evaluated properly unless he doesnt see gruden as his coach moving forward and is pulling a sabotage job like rex ryan gm did to him with the jets last yr

    • skinsgame - Mar 17, 2015 at 5:19 AM

      The 2012 season was followed by 2 years of some of the worst football we’ve ever seen. It rivaled the Jim Zorn “era”. Maybe as bad as Steve Spurriers hot mess. To build a roster with depth and consistency, it takes at LEAST 2 years. And that is if your scouting was spot on.

  11. ajbus1 - Mar 16, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    I like that they’re looking to extend Kerrigan and Williams but I was wondering if you’ve heard anything on Alfred Morris? Others that warrant extensions?


  12. st4hof - Mar 16, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    You’re completely missing the point of my previous post. Name a 3-4 team that has spent TWO top 20 picks on edge rushers.(if you can) What kind of success has the “All Star” tandem had?
    Washington for the first time since becoming a 3-4 defense actually has a monster space-eater in the middle. (if you don’t think the acquisitions made along the D line helps you are delusional) I’m not saying Washington needs to stand pat at the position, that the guys in place are good enough. I’m merely saying that they don’t need to spend a first-round pick to see production from the position. In 2011, the draft you choose to make an example of… How may of those pass rushers were “top 10” talent according to the talking heads that you got your ranks from? Rhetorical question because only one of the guys you mentioned from your cut and paste section was considered a “stud”. You’re only further my point.

    • bangkokben - Mar 17, 2015 at 8:40 AM

      The fact that you think 2011 furthers your point indicates that there is no point bringing up facts with you. Miller, Watt, and Quinn were all ‘top ten’ talent and all are doing quite well for themselves. Fine. You don’t want a 1st rounder spent on an edge rusher. Good luck with that. Sure it’s not paramount and maybe there aren’t other teams wasting top 20 picks on multiple edge rushers. So what?! Since the Patriots are the most successful franchise, should every team only select their quarterback with six round compensatory picks? There is more than one way to build a team. Maybe BPA won’t be an edge rusher. Personally, I doubt it. I doubt it at five and i doubt it if we trade back to ten. But so the F what I think.

      • Stephfan - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM

        If your thinking qb at 5 that’s a wasted pick

      • st4hof - Mar 17, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        I don’t think you realize that in 2011 Watt was not a top 10 talent… He was an unknown, a transfer student that play TE previously and to switched to DT or did you know that? Watt had upside, and someone in Houston fell in love. Miller was the only Top Ten talent in the pass rushers you posted. Quinn you say? The talking heads (NFL Media) were talking about guys like Bowers, Newton and Blain G being top ten not Aldon, not Quinn, Not Watt, Not Kerrigan. Just because Gregory, Ray, Beasley are all RANKED in the top ten by mostly MEDIA types doesn’t mean they are going to be selected in the top ten. Clearly YOU are one of those people I was referring to in the first post.

        • bangkokben - Mar 17, 2015 at 12:22 PM

          You completely are ‘mis-rembering’ 2011. Nearly every draft mag had the ‘skins taking Watt at our original draft spot. He was on everybody’s big board. The QBs shot up the draft due to the CBA. Here’s a breakdown of the big boards from 2011:

        • bangkokben - Mar 17, 2015 at 12:33 PM

          Also, I’m not saying that because the media has them that high that we have to take them. Every pundit is 30% accurate at best.

          I’m saying that there is a good chance that we take a pass rusher – just like 2011. In 2011 there were a bunch of good pass rushers selected and we took one despite having Orakpo and other needs. Why? Because there was a bunch of good talent at the spot we drafted. After Green and Jones, there wasn’t top talent at wide receiver. After Peterson, there wasn’t top talent in the secondary. After Smith, there wasn’t top talent at tackle. We never liked the quarterbacks so that wasn’t even a factor. This year selecting higher maybe we’ll take a WR, maybe not.

    • captblood3000 - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      We haven’t missed your point. We just don’t agree with you.

  13. boysheadcoach - Mar 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    if you notice
    all the free agents have been signed to 4yrs or less with no long term cap consequences’ . They will all be replaced with drafted players over the next 3 years and then start drafting quality back ups and we resign the ones who pan out and continue to draft replacements for the ones that don’t . These guys are just around to establish coaches systems and standards of who will be a Redskin.

  14. robmac81 - Mar 17, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    I read a post trade garcon to Cleveland Browns for their RT schwartz it would save us around 8mil we get starting tackle they get wr, seem like good deal for both.

    Cut chester, and cut porter. Sign the center from oakland. We need to sign a FS i like will hill, and tasaun gipson both were tendered, both with no pick compensation.

    Sign sam acho from cardinals for edge rusher to rotate with murphy. Then in draft pick top wr, seems to be the safest pick anyway.

    R1 wr Amari cooper
    R2 best ol available
    R3 ilb stephone anthony
    Best player available rest of the way, scott mccloughan seems to find talent in the later rounds something we haven’t had other than Morris. HTTR

  15. greed - Mar 17, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    that was my point you have to build your team for today as well as the future no front office or coach in the nfl thinks hey were 2-3 yrs away so it ok to suck thats how you get fired if you young you have to win while learning and building ie the colts if you veteran team you have to win and be able to transition to the future ie ravens

  16. kenlinkins - Mar 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Let’s remember that any GM is going to make moves when it is in the best interest of the team he is working for. Right now Chester is the starting RG and back-up center with no real player yet showing that he is ready to remove him. Porter is a CB who could still play in the NFL if not hurt. With D. Hall recovering, Porter still has value to the Redskins roster. Once OTA’s start and Mini Camp is here, the Redskins might feel they can release both Porter and Chester, but doing it today, without anyone about to be signed or seeing if Long or LeRibues have advanced is just not smart. Right now the Redskins still have options by keeping both on the roster. If the Redskins require the Cap Space to sign another Free Agent and GM McC believes that the signing is in the best interest of the Team, he will go ahead and Cut one or both. Until the GM hits that cross road, it is better to just hold on for the time being. IMO Both will be cut sometime in Training Camp or have to resign for much less money if they want to stay in DC, but cutting them early doesn’t help the Redskins on the cost of the new contract, holding on to them until very few teams have money to sign them and then inform them they are Cap Cuts does. “It’s only Business”.

  17. Millionaireinprogress - Mar 18, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    I hope we are replacing all our short cornerbacks who keep getting beat down field. Archives

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