- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mike Jones of the Washington Post is taking a look at Santana Moss and his situation with the Washington Redskins as the offseason commences and the team begins to make some of its crucial decisions. Moss played very well in 2012 after slimming down in the offseason at the behest of his coaches. Will that buy him another year? Mike discusses:
Set to turn 34 as he enters his 13th NFL season, Moss is entering the final year of a three-year deal signed in 2011. His cap figure for the 2013 season is just more than $6.1 million. Can the Redskins afford to carry him at that figure?
Moss proved last season that despite his age, he can still have an impact. The Redskins don’t have a proven slot receiver on their roster. Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson saw some time there, but lacked the same effectiveness.
So, it would seem that keeping Moss is the right call for Washington. However, given his cap figure, and the fact that Washington is believed to be $3 million to $4 million over the cap, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Moss’ deal restructured.
That will be the key, and with Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan all on the roster and projected as significant 2013 contributors, it would seem as though the Redskins have some leverage if they want to approach Moss about a restructure or a pay cut. Much could depend also on if they bring back tight end Fred Davis, whose return might lessen the importance of the slot receiver in the Washington offense. And if Moss does not return, will the Redskins need to replace him? The free-agent market at wide receiver offers some interesting names, but with Washington's needs on defense (in particular in the secondary), it's hard to see wide receiver as a front-burner issue for them in free agency or the draft.
Moss likes it in Washington and likely would be open to reworking his deal in order to stay. That's probably the best thing for both sides.