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Need to Know: The five most underpaid Redskins

Apr 19, 2016, 5:04 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 19, 9 days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 100 days ago. It will be 146 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: 2016 NFL draft 9; Rookie minicamp 24; Redskins training camp starts 100

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The five most underpaid Redskins:

Dustin Hopkins (2016 cap hit: $600,000)—I’m not sure that Redskins fans appreciated the value of a good kicker until they signed Hopkins a game into the season. He made kickoffs boring by consistently pounding him through the end zone. The wear and tear saved on the kickoff team alone make him a solid bargain.

Bashaud Breeland ($720,000)—Cornerback is one of the three or four most valuable positions on the field and Breeland is the team’s best corner. He has to play one more season before he would be eligible for a new contract so this year is a big one for him.

Junior Galette ($1.1 million)—It should be noted here that “underpaid” does not necessarily mean that anyone here got lowballed on their contract. Galette took a couple of weeks to look around for a better deal but the market wasn’t there. If he blows up and earns the incentives that will bring his contract up to the maximum of $4.5 million, the Redskins would really be getting a good deal. That would mean that they had a dominant pass rusher at a fraction of market price.

Jordan Reed $1.8 million—Reed has had some escalators from his rookie contract kick in so he is comfortably into seven figures with his contract. But top tight ends will earn in the $8 to $10 million range. Perhaps he and the Redskins will figure out a contract extension for him between now and the start of the season and he can

Preston Smith $1.3 million—Pass rusher is a position of high value and a player coming off of an eight-sack season in part-time duty would make six or seven times as much as Smith. Assuming he performs at least as well as he did last year he will again be well under market value.

Stat of the day

In 2015 the Redskins had 15 drives of 80 yards or longer. They scored touchdowns on all 15. The NFL average per team was 17.7 drives and 16.7 touchdowns.

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  1. abanig - Apr 19, 2016 at 5:24 AM

    This really could be a future of the redskins type article. I expect Reed will get that long term contract soon enough, maybe even before the season starts and hopefully they lock up Breeland soon after that.

    Smith also seems like a future guy they must keep but he still has another year or two of consistent play to prove he’s going to be a cornerstone.

    I hope they can get long term deals done with all three of these guys and not have to franchise them like they had to do with Cousins.

    As for Galette, I think he will have a good year, but not great year like he had in 2013 & 14 for the Saints. Coming off the achilies injury, Splitting time worth Smith and getting a few snaps a game to give Kerrigan a break is not going to get him the playing time needed to get double digit sacks IMO. There’s a real question as to if he’s on the skins past this season. It all depends on what kind of contract offers he gets from other teams. I can’t see the skins giving Galette a long term contract because they have already paid Kerrigan, will have to pay Cousins, Reed and Breeland and in a few years will have to pay Smith.

    • redskinsfan1982 - Apr 19, 2016 at 7:26 AM

      Breeland will have to wait until the end of the season. As mentioned in the article he isn’t eligible for a new contract until the completion of his third season.

      • abanig - Apr 19, 2016 at 8:10 AM

        Yeah, I meant that. The only gripe I have about commenting on WordPress is to my knowledge you can’t edit what you write.

        I did mean we should look to extend him in the 2017 offseason.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM

      If Galette is even close to where he was in 2013 and 2014 then he shouldn’t be splitting time with anyone. I know what you’re saying about the injury but he could recover just fine. If that happens he deserves all the playing time we can give him.

      Granted there’s plenty of time for three pass rushers to play. But that’s how good Junior Galette is when he’s healthy.

      • abanig - Apr 20, 2016 at 3:34 AM

        Yes, but Preston Smith was pretty unblockable in December/January also. I don’t see any way that they don’t just about split snaps.

  2. Jlb12300 - Apr 19, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    I would have put Baker in that list before Galette

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 19, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Key to cap management in today’s NFL: quality drafts

  4. colorofmyskinz - Apr 19, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    All great acquisitions! These under payments help us with the over payments we are making on Kory, Roberts, Garcon, Riley, Culliver, Paea, Hall, Lauvao. We need to fix these over payments to pay those that need to be paid.

    • cmehustle - Apr 19, 2016 at 10:28 AM

      No big deal there. All teams have that problem. The best thing for us is to continue to excel in the draft, so we no longer have to overpay. Thats what the great teams in this league do.

    • bangkokben - Apr 19, 2016 at 12:31 PM

      “We need to fix these over payments to pay those that need to be paid.”

      First of all, you’re always going to end up on the high side of average when you have to pay the market price. That does not necessarily mean you overpaid. The only person on your list that wasn’t a free agent is Perry Riley. This “overpaid” insinuation is utter junk. None of the men you mentioned compares with the Adam Archeletta, Albert Hayensworth type contracts this team has been known for let alone the Antwan Randle El, Brandon Lloyd type contracts.

      Number two, this problem will take care of itself. Two guys are in their final years. Two guys are coming off major injuries. Two guys have guys waiting in the wings to replace them. Only Roberts fits the bill of being overpaid and ready for an immediate fix. Sometimes it is better to let a guy play out his contract than just get the cap savings for cutting him. Here’ my two cents on the guys you chose to single out:

      Kory Lichtensteiger: $3,878,125 cap hit, 12th highest cap hit of any center, two years left on his contract. Could be gone if he doesn’t bounce back from injury and Long, LeRibeus, Reiter, or a draft pick steps up.

      Andre Robersts: $5,000,000 cap hit, 29th highest cap hit of WRs. Two years left on contract. Surprising special teams touchdown last year. Coming off injury. Dead weight.

      Pierre Garcon: $10,200,000, 12th highest cap hit of WRs ($5M less than the top three), last year of his contract. 297 receptions in four year Redskin career. If he signs with another team next year, he could yield a compensatory draft pick in 2018.

      Perry Riley: $5,049,804, 12th highest cap hit for ILBs, last year of his contract. Could yield compensatory pick in 2018. Competing with Mason Foster for inside linebacker. Six year Redskin, 63 starts, 261 tackles.

      Chris Culliver: $9,250,000, 14th highest (Revis’ is $17M), three years left on contract. Coming off major injury. Cap hits remain the same in 2017 and 2018.

      Stephen Paea: $4,662,500, 13th highest (1/3 of the top three: Wilkerson, Campbell, & Watt), three years left on contract. Lost starting position to Baker but has chance to take Hatcher’s vacated spot. Also has a chance of becoming the Andre Roberts of the d-line.

      DeAngelo Hall: $5,062,500, 20th highest cap hit of safeties (signed as a corner), two years left on contract. This could be a brilliant position switch or the Redskins may need an upgrade here. But an upgrade couldn’t have come younger & cheaper in this year’s free agency class.

      Shawn Lauvao: $5,000,000, 8th highest cap hit of LGs, two years left. Coming off major injury. Could be replaced by Long, LeRibeus, or Kuandjio.

      • ET - Apr 19, 2016 at 1:11 PM

        Good summation. It’s nice to see where the salaries rank in the position group, too. Riley’s is higher than I’d expect, for example, especially given his performance since the new contract. Same with Lauvao.

        • bangkokben - Apr 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

          Riley’s is high because he’s in the last year of his contract. He averaged $4,000,000 a year, which is currently 22nd. So he’s on the high side of his average up against guys that may be on the low side of their average. Even now, he’s 1/3 of Lawence Timmons cap hit. Timmons also in the last year of his deal. He’s overpaid if he’s a back-up but even then good fetch a comp pick in 2018 depending on signings and amounts.

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 19, 2016 at 1:25 PM

        Good post Bang. I got a good chuckle out of the earlier post. It seems like anytime someone gets market value they’re automatically over paid. Some people have a hard time grasping the concept of an expanding cap and a market set by desperate teams who will over pay. But I didn’t even know where to start there.

        I also find it so amazing that people think Garcon is over paid but Desean isn’t. It’s amazing how quickly people forget that guys production from 2012 and 2013. Which is why he got that contract. And he was still very good in 2015. He’s solid and consistent. Desean is very boom or bust. He makes huge plays but also disappears for large periods of time. They each have their virtues, just in different ways. Garcon’s reliability and toughness are valuable assets

        • bangkokben - Apr 19, 2016 at 1:42 PM

          Garcon and/or Jackson. Take your pick. Garcon is 14th and Jackson 16th. Both are in their final years. Both could net a comp pick in 2018. Both provide pros to the team that just can’t be replaced right away. Garcon gives the team consistency, reliability, and toughness that doesn’t always show up in the stat sheet in addition to the stuff that actually does turn up. Jackson blows the top off the defense, adjusts well to poorly thrown deep balls, and is dangerous with the ball in space. Reed’s yards per catch went up 2.5 yards once Jackson was back. All three actually compliment each other. Eventually everyone gets replaced but there was never any reason to force that a year early. Let’s see how this season plays out and then make our snap judgments.

  5. greed - Apr 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    if healthy i can see Breeland vying for the probowl this yr

    • James McFullan - Apr 19, 2016 at 2:01 PM

      The Pro Bowl is just a popularity contest, and no matter how well Breeland plays he just doesn’t have the big name that people who aren’t redskins fans know.

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 19, 2016 at 4:39 PM

        Neither did Josh Norman this time in 2015

  6. shermanp79 - Apr 19, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Breeland needs to start picking the ball off more to really be a top CB. He and the others in the secondary can do a better job securing balls they get their hands on. They drop to many.

    • ET - Apr 19, 2016 at 5:49 PM

      While I agree that more INTs across the secondary would be a boon, I think Breeland can ascend to the next level without a flashy number of INTs. It’s an important metric, but not the only one. Archives

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