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Need to Know: The five highest paid Redskins in 2016

Jan 16, 2016, 5:39 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 16, 54 days before the start of NFL free agency.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2016

Ranked by their 2016 salary cap numbers:

QB Robert Griffin III, $16,155,000Griffin is unlikely to see any of this money. It is not guaranteed assuming that he has passed an exit physical after the last game and he likely will be cut somewhere between the day after the Super Bowl and the start of free agency on March 9.

OT Trent Williams, $10,668,750—This is the first full year of Williams’ contract extension. Most of the pay comes from his fully guaranteed $6,750,0,700 salary and $3,700,000 as the prorated portion of his signing bonus.

WR Pierre Garçon, $10,200,000—This is the last year of his contract and it concludes a $250,000 roster bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus.

WR DeSean Jackson, $9,250,000—This season is also the last one of Jackson’s deal. His compensation includes $3,750,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($234,375 each game). Unlike similar bonuses he had in the first two years of this contract they are not guaranteed if he is not on the 53-man roster.

CB Chris Culliver, $9,250,000—Culliver’s $8 million is the highest on the team next to Griffin’s and Culliver’s was fully guaranteed. However, according to a report in the Washington Times, Culliver’s one-game suspension stemming from an incident when he was with the 49ers in 2014 negated that guarantee.


—The Redskins last played a game six days ago. It will be about 239 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 39; NFL free agency starts 54; 2016 NFL draft 103

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  1. Nawaf - Jan 16, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Jackson has 2 years left on contract.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 16, 2016 at 9:47 AM

      Yes and no. The final year, 2017, is a “dummy” season that will void when the 2016 season is over. Included in the deal to stretch out the signing bonus charges into an additional season. Contract is done after 2016.

  2. Bryan - Jan 16, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    well we know rg3 won’t be here and that money will go to Kirk. Williams is the man. If we were going to redo a we deal I do garçon with maybe a extension of some sorts bc I think he can do his job the same way for couple more years. When jacksons speed starts to go he is done or atleast the way they use him it seems. But assuming hatch doesn’t come back and money saved from redoing Goldson deal and possibly hall we will have some money according to rich, to supplement our team with younger players along the dline. Im just excited for the future and if we keep getting younger guys through the draft and fa that contribute I think a few years out we can make some noise consistently.

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 16, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Given that RGIII is gone, the Culliver contract stands out the most.

    He had a good 2014…

    • goback2rfk - Jan 16, 2016 at 5:31 PM

      Breeland is better than Culliver

  4. phil - Jan 16, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Rich can you tell me what our projected available cap space will be at the start of free agency?

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 17, 2016 at 5:08 AM

      Brother, I posted an article on that on this very blog just a couple of days ago. Just look on the main page, it’s right there.

  5. jvdrock - Jan 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    If Washington uses the franchise tag on Cousins, his salary for next season will be a shade over 25 mil.

    • kenlinkins - Jan 16, 2016 at 3:03 PM

      Rich: I keep reading Cousins Tag would be about $19 million for 2016. Does anyone know for sure (or maybe with in $200K) of the QB tag for 2016. I do know that for 2015 it was about $18.5 million.

  6. rtcwon - Jan 16, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    My understanding of the tag is that it is a one year deal at the average of the top 5 salaries at that position. Currently that would be $18.4M. I’m unclear when the figure “locks in” as Peyton could be released out of the top 5 lowering it to $18M.

    The other possible figure to use would be total cash. That top 5 average would be $20.4M and would go down just $200k with Manning’s release.

    Using cap hits, the top 5 average is $26.1M going down $24.6M if calculated after Brees’ restructuring. Contract average value top 5 average is $21.5M and not likely change. But I can’t image the tag using either of these figures based upon fictitious future payments.

    • rtcwon - Jan 16, 2016 at 6:44 PM

      So Google says my understanding is mostly correct; there are exclusive and non-exclusive designations with only slight variations to the calculus. So $19M is the correct working number until the exact numbers are released.

  7. kenlinkins - Jan 16, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Rich, Wasn’t Culliver signed to a 4 year, $32 million contract with $16 million guaranteed? ( i.e. his 2016 whole salary). Is there a clause that could get the Redskins off the hook if they wanted?

    • goback2rfk - Jan 16, 2016 at 5:57 PM

      Culliver was over priced to begin with. And then they play him way off the line. For instance, Im at the Panthers game and Cam Newton has 3rd down and 3 or 4 yards. Culliver is playing 10 – 11 yards off of the reciever. Easy short pitch and catch to the reciever for a first down. Culliver played much better when he was up at the line playing bump and run. Culliver does better when he is up in the receivers face. He is a physical cb and needs to play like it. Other than that I just hope he has a better 2016 season.

    • rtcwon - Jan 16, 2016 at 6:33 PM

      Guess you missed the link in the article to a Times report that there was a clause that voided the guarantee of his ’16 salary due to the one-game suspension.

      • kenlinkins - Jan 16, 2016 at 8:56 PM

        I went back and read that, smart move by the GM to protect himself.

  8. John - Jan 16, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Jacksons base will change but they will extend the term. Garcon won’t take less, so he’ll probably be gone. They will resign pot roast and draft a d lineman to replace Hatcher. They need a disruptive D lineman big time.

    They also need a running back with some moves. Jones has shown some flashes but is he the guy? If so, how come it was running back by committee and they never really had much success running the ball.

  9. goback2rfk - Jan 16, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    I really don’t like Jackson’s style at all but he fits the offense for one main reason. Defensive coverage has to change because of Jackson. This allows Reed to become open often because typical defenses can’t double team 2 offensive players on the same snap. Defenses either double Reed or double Jackson but never both.
    Therefore, I believe Jackson allows players like Garcon and Reed to become open more often so I think Jackson needs to stay. I would also say Jackson helps the running game but the running game sucks even with Jackson in. Fixing the running game is important next season, unless Cousins is going to go for 4500 yards and 30 TD’s next season. Garcon is gone.

  10. Ricky - Jan 16, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Can we please get some corner back and safety help. Offensive line has gotten better,but we need defense to get better. Wish they would have hired wade Philips when they had the chance. Look at Denver defense since he got there.

    • bangkokben - Jan 17, 2016 at 11:27 AM

      The talent between Denver’s and Washington’s defense is wider than Pot Roast’s @ss. You give Wade Philips way too much credit.

  11. bangkokben - Jan 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Since both Jackson and Garcon fit UNDER the cap, there is no CAP reason to extend or release either of them. The offense with a one-year starter works with both of them. Keeping both is the smart idea. Extend them if you can convince them that gradually taking a pay cut and winning with Gruden and Cousins is in their best interest. Archives

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