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  1. Will the Redskins stand pat on the offensive line?

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

    Josh-LeRibeus-vs.-SEA

    When free agency opens, many are expecting the Redskins to immediately start cleaning house along the offensive line, signing in larger linemen to match the big fellas that Jay Gruden had along his O-line in Cincinnati. Others don’t see that happening. John Keim of ESPN was asked how many starters would be returning on the…

  2. Cap could hit $160 million in 2016, Redskins will need it

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Cash-bills

    It was just over a week ago that we heard that the NFL salary cap would be $133 million this year, somewhere in the vicinity of $140 million next year and $150 million in 2016. Well, those future numbers could be growing already. Mike Florio of our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk said that…

  3. Another tag for Orakpo in 2015?

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Orakpo-vs.-TEN

    At some point in the next several months it is likely that Brian Orakpo will sign his franchise tag tender. Given that he and the Redskins were not close to an agreement on a long-term contract prior to the team using the tag, the chances are that he plays out the 2014 for the $11.455…

  4. Redskins add $3.2 million in cap space with Tuesday’s moves

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

    Sav_Rocca_Vs.Bears

    The Redskins released five players today and as a result they have about $3.3 million more in salary cap space than they did to start the day. There are cap savings totaling almost $4.8 million with the releases of Carriker (savings of $2.99 million), Rocca ($1.2 million) and Quinn ($570,000). The cap savings consist of…

  5. Franchise tag could complicate deal between Redskins and Orakpo

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Orakpo-vs.-Rams

    Now that the Redskins have tagged Brian Orakpo, the two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term contract. However, the very act of tagging the player and agreeing to pay him a guaranteed $11.45 million for the season may have thrown a significant monkey wrench into the negotiations. The issue is that by essentially giving…

  6. Five things you need to know about the Orakpo tag

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT

    Orakpo's-back

    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 4, seven days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five angles on the Redskins’ decision to put the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo. 1. Why did they do it?—In the end, they didn’t want to lose a home-grown, very…

  7. Orakpo tag puts a dent in Redskins’ cap space

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

    Bruce-Allen-press-club

    There are many advantages to the Redskins designating Brian Orakpo as their franchise player. At the top of the list, it gives them a very good player at the most important position on the defense. However, the price for retaining Orakpo’s services takes pretty substantial bite out of the team’s salary cap room. The franchise…

  8. Need to Know: Five rule changes the NFL should make

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

    NFL_refs

    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 3, eight days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Packers CEO (and former Redskins safety) Mark Murphy revealed a list of rule changes that the competition committee will consider at the upcoming owners meetings. Here are five rule changes the NFL…

  9. Need to Know: Redskins’ lines, mock draft dominate talk in week’s top five posts

    Mar 2, 2014, 6:06 AM EDT

    Geoff Schwartz

    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 2, 9 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was. 1. Two-round mock draft version 3.0—Ben Standig runs through his post-combine draft and has the Redskins going guard. I’d still rather…

  10. Need to Know: The Redskins’ all-time top five free agent signings

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:13 AM EDT

    Fletcher-INT-Ravens

    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 1, 10 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins’ five best free agent acquisitions since free agency began in 1993 as determined by their Approximate Value. 1. LB London Fletcher (2007-2013), AV of 73—This will come as…

  11. Press release: 2014 NFL salary cap set at $133 million, up $10 million from 2013

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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    Cash-bills-money

    Here is the announcement of the 2014 salary cap plus some basic cap information from the NFLPA: What is the 2014 Salary Cap? The 2014 Salary Cap is set at $133 million per Club, a $10 million increase over the prior year. How does that number impact each team? The $133 million is the per…

  12. Orakpo talks remain stalled; what’s Plan B?

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Jackson-Kerrigan

    The Redskins’ contract talks with Brian Orakpo remain at a standstill. The team has yet to make their outside linebacker a firm contract offer, according to the Washington Post. The deadline for using the franchise player tag on Orakpo comes this Monday at 4 p.m. and there is no indication that the Redskins are going…

  13. Need to Know: The Redskins five top linebackers of the past 20 years

    Feb 28, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

    LaVar-Arrington

    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 28, 11 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage With the Brian Orakpo and Perry Riley contract situations, we have been talking an awful lot about linebackers lately. Here are the Redskins’ five best linebackers of the past 20 years as…

  14. Will the Redskins have to overpay to keep Perry Riley?

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Riley-vs-Eagles

    Jim Haslett listed four of the Redskins’ pending free agents that he would like to be back. One of them, DeAngelo Hall, is signed, sealed, and delivered. We discussed the very quiet state of the Brian Orakpo negotiations yesterday. And the chatter is that the Redskins and Chris Baker are going well and it would…

  15. Redskins, Orakpo negotiations quiet as deadlines approach

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

    Orakpo-rushing

    With the clock ticking towards two deadlines, things remain very quiet in contract negotiations between the Redskins and linebacker Brian Orakpo. The closer of the two deadlines is next Monday at 4 p.m. That’s how long the Redskins have to put the franchise player tag on Orakpo. The tag would cost the Redskins a one-year…

  16. Need to Know: The five best Redskins second-round draft picks

    Feb 25, 2014, 4:59 AM EDT

    Fred Smoot

    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 25, 14 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage The Redskins’ first pick in the 2014 draft will come in the second round. Since the NFL merger in 1970 the Redskins have picked 30 players in the second round. Here are…

  17. With a buyer’s market at WR, will the Redskins take advantage?

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

    Julian-Edelman-2

    Two years ago the Redskins the Redskins went into free agency in need of two wide receivers. It was not a good year to need a wideout as the demand exceeded the supply. In the opening hours of free agency they landed Pierre Garçon for five years with a deal worth $42 million while Morgan…

  18. Allen wants to find ‘mentally tough players’

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Bruce-Allen-snow

    On the day that the Redskins announced that Mike Shanahan would be fired as the team’s head coach, Bruce Allen also announced that he would take over control in the personnel department. “We are going to redefine some of the characteristics that we’re looking for in players,” Allen said at the time. This week at…

  19. Need to Know: The last five players drafted with pick No. 34

    Feb 22, 2014, 5:09 AM EDT

    Coby-Fleener

    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 22, 17 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage The Redskins have the 34th pick in the NFL draft, which starts May 8. Here are the last five players taken at No. 34 overall: WR Justin Hunter, TEN, 2013—The 6-4 receiver…

  20. Need to Know: The 5 top single seasons by a Redskin in last 20 years

    Feb 21, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

    RG3_vs.Minn

    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 21, 18 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Last week we used the Approximate Value metric to look at which Redskins were the most valuable in 2013. There is a link to more details on AV in that post if…

  21. Some details of DeAngelo Hall’s contract emerge

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Hall-vs.-Giants

    We have some details on DeAngelo Hall’s new contract and although we can’t figure out all of the important aspects of it we can see that it’s a reasonable deal for both sides. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Hall’s deal is for four years and $17 million dollars. He got a $3.25…

  22. Need to Know: Five who are more valuable to the Redskins than to another team

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:22 AM EDT

    Riley-Romo

    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 19, 20 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five pending Redskins free agents (update: four plus one who just signed) who are more valuable to Washington than to any other team. ILB Perry Riley— Riley is worth a…

  23. Like all NFL teams, Redskins play a zero-sum game in free agency

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Brian-Orakpo-INT

    Saints coach Sean Payton recently talked about the challenges the team faces in trying to keep pending free agent tight end Jimmy Graham on their team. “The first thing that comes to my mind with free agency is your own roster,” Payton told Fox Sports 1 (via the Times-Picayune). “I think often times that gets…

  24. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five biggest salary cap hits

    Feb 10, 2014, 5:05 AM EDT

    Trent_Williams-intro

    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 10, nine days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage The players who have the Redskins’ top five salary cap numbers: 1. LT Trent Williams, $10.98 million—He was among the last high draft picks under the old system where early draft picks got six-year contracts…

  25. More cap space for the Redskins? NFL cap could reach $130 million

    Feb 9, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

    Cash-bills

    The Redskins could be getting some more salary cap room by the time free agency starts on March 11. The official cap estimate for 2014 is $126.3 million. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, that is a low estimate so that teams can begin to draw up their budgets for the season. The…

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