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Need to Know: Five players who will be 2016 salary cap bargains for the Redskins

Jan 27, 2016, 4:54 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 27, 28 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Five players who will be cap bargains in 2016

TE Jordan Reed (2016 cap number $833,166)—Reed was just scratching the surface of what he can do in 2015. I think there is a string of 1,200-yard seasons in his future. The Redskins may elect to give him a contract extension but even if they do that his cap number for this year could be around $4 million, about half of the going rate for a top TE.

ILB Will Compton (est. $600,000)—Compton is unsigned but that’s just a technicality. He is an exclusive rights free agent and the chances are very good that he signs a one-year contract for the minimum for a player with two years under his belt. He is likely to remain the starter at Mike linebacker and continue to emerge as one of the leaders on defense.

CB Bashaud Breeland ($721,500)—He is gong into the third year of his rookie contract so he is not yet eligible for a new deal. And he may not be ready for one. Breeland played well at times as the team’s No. 1 corner with Chris Culliver sidelined with injuries for a good chunk of the season but he also showed that he has a lot to learn. The team will see how much he can improve this year and then maybe talk extension with him in 2017.

WR Jamison Crowder ($661,406)—A productive skill position player on a rookie contract is always going to be a cap bargain. He caught just one pass fewer and gained 120 more yards than Steelers TE Heath Miller, who had a cap number of $7.1 million.

OLB Preston Smith ($1.31 million)—The Redskins got eight sacks from Smith in 2015. The Titans got seven sacks from Jurrell Casey, who has a $8.12 million cap number and seven from former Redskin Brian Orakpo, who carries an $8.25 million cap number.


—The Redskins last played a game 17 days ago. It will be about 228 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 28; NFL free agency starts 43; 2016 NFL draft 92

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 27, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Good drafts lead to good salary cap situations. I can’t wait to see what we do this year.

  2. cowboyhater - Jan 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    ….and the Orakpo supporters from the beginning of the year in 3..2..1.., crickets. Really nice to have a GM with great player personnel acumen. HTTR!! I can think of another player on this roster who had a great rookie season, but constant injuries and yearly decline makes them expendable will have those same fans chanting regret. Let’s see what happens next year, and compare stats again.

    • scottmccloughanfan - Jan 27, 2016 at 11:19 AM

      Anvil chorus playing in the background……….a–men, a–men etc.

  3. bangkokben - Jan 27, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Just about any starter on a rookie contract is going to be a cap bargain. Which is why the past was such a paradigm of perdition. Just about every starter was a 1st rounder or a free agent. On the other hand you can’t expect a bargain at every position. Just because a cap hit is in the millions doesn’t mean it isn’t good value – simply means that it is not a bargain.

  4. nhskinsfan - Jan 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    I really Like Compton. There is something about a sure tackling ILB that I like. Sure there are more athletic LBs then him but if you pair him with a more athletic LB I think we have a our LB for a while. Whats the word on Spaight? Does he have a chance to be the other LB?

    • jonevans511 - Jan 27, 2016 at 10:44 AM

      I really, really hope Spaight comes back fully from his injury because I was thrilled with his progress prior to getting hurt. I haven’t heard anything specific in terms of his rehab or anything but lets hope for the best.

      • nhskinsfan - Jan 27, 2016 at 10:49 AM

        Thanks for the update! I agree. I remember hearing good things out of training camp. I hope he is the answer so we can focus on other positions mostly d-line and secondary.

  5. scottmccloughanfan - Jan 27, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    We’re still recovering from the RGIII debacle and the cap penalties for taking advantage during an uncapped season.

    Frankly, I don’t see how you can be excessive financially during an uncapped season.

    Too bad the NFLPA didn’t have the good sense to see how GOODELL snookered them into supporting his position.

    But if that’s what it too to finally send DANNO to the sidelines, then it was worth the pain.

    He’s got ALLEN into the right position as president. He was a hit-and-miss GM.

    SNYDER has McCLOUGHAN as GM, a better get than all the assistant coaches that have been acquired since ALLEN became exclusive president.

    And there have been some excellent ones. most recently, GREG MANUSKY.

    McCLOUGHAN knows how to pick talent, and ALLEN knows how to sign them while manipulating the salary cap.

    The REDSKINS finally have both feet on the ground, and are just beginning to gain yardage in chunks. Even if nest season’s record doesn’t match this one due to the schedule, this club is finding it’s way out of the swamp entered into by VINNIE ‘the bag-man” and our esteemed owner.

    • nhskinsfan - Jan 27, 2016 at 11:28 AM

      You are absolutely right. We now have adults running this team.

      McCloughan is a winner. Everywhere he has been they have been built into powerhouses and perennial winners. I have patience because I’m a skins fan and we have been garbage for so long that I can wait while a REAL GM builds that powerhouse I know he can!

      Allen is a great money guy. The front office is set and ready to win. Dan needs to let it happen. Change is scary. Change for the good is exciting!

      • goback2rfk - Jan 27, 2016 at 8:39 PM

        Rg3 is going to come out slinging it next season and will probably dominate the NFC East in the years to come as the Dallas starting signal caller. Sometimes change can be good for others too and I wish the once super star out of Baylor, Heisman Trophy winner, and 2012 RoTY Robert Griffin III the best of luck in his future endeavors.

        • John - Jan 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM

          Highly unlikely, but one can always have dreams of sugar plums dancing in his head.

        • nhskinsfan - Jan 28, 2016 at 12:22 PM

          I would love for RG3 to have a great career. His 2012 season was electric. Unfortunately for him we hired a coach that his abilities didn’t fit and Cousins did. RG3 technically didn’t fit Shanahan’s offense either.

          They had to design an offense around him. This is not a problem if the QB agrees to this and the coach agrees to this. He ran with reckless abandonment and his body was unable to hold up to the violent hits he was taking.

          RG3 wanted to be more of a pocket passer and I thought that was a great idea. He unfortunately will need time to develop as a pocket passer. This is unfortunate when you have one on your roster already that is waiting in the wings.

          The Redskins made the mistake of drafting him without a line or without the right coach.

          He should have been on another team to begin with which offense was more suited to his abilities. This is a case of square peg round hole.

          Snyder seemed to have cared about big names rather than good names that fit the scheme you are playing. This is important.

          I wish RG3 the best except if he stays in the NFC East.

          Kirk Cousins is our QB and I support him just like I did with RG3.

        • brucefan1 - Jan 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM

          nhskinsfan, you gotta be new around here — because if you had been posting such intelligent and temperate statements as the one above in the Real Redskins’ comments section in the past I think I would have noticed!

          Keep up the good work.

        • bullets2586 - Jan 29, 2016 at 8:52 AM

          The odds of RGIII going to another team and blowing it up are very, very slim. He wasn’t a very good pocket passer last couple of years and lost his starting job to what most of the people who post on this website describe as an back up QB. He’s not a good pocket QB. He has several serious issues to fix before he can even be an good QB in the NFL. And with him riding the pine this last year and not getting reps he hasn’t gotten better, he’s probably regressed even more. I’m interested to see if he goes to QB camp like Garcia’s or if he just takes the summer off like he did with the Skins. That’ll tell you a lot about his mindset. Kaepernick wetn to a QB camp last year because he realized he needed work. I bet RGIII passes (no pun intended) on the QB camp because I feel he still doesn’t believe he needs work or that he is part of the problem.

  6. John - Jan 27, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Bargains yes but not very good comparisons. More like apples and oranges. Crowder a rookie WR compared to a veteran TE who has been around and had a couple of contracts/raises. Same with Smith vs. Orakpo. Rookie vs a guy who was franchised and then signed away on free agent deal.

    Building in house with draft picks always cost less, but then sometimes a free agent can make an instant impact opposed to a rookie, unless the rookie is drafted early in the draft. Thankfully we’ve got a GM that drafts and signs players with football smarts. No more crazy spending sprees and “winning off the field”…

  7. kenlinkins - Jan 27, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Rich, Under the CBA how long does a team hold rights to a drafted player if that player doesn’t sign a contract in the year drafted? Archives

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