- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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As they continue to work to free up the cap space they'll need to sign their draft picks, the Washington Redskins continue to get help in that effort from players already on their roster. Zac Boyer reports that Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson has agreed to a contract restructure that will reduce his 2013 base salary to $2 million with a chance to make another $1.3 million in incentives, and that the team will save roughly $2 million in cap space with the move. No new years are added to Wilson's deal, no cap hit dumped into future years.
So far this offseason, the Redskins have released and re-signed DeAngelo Hall, signed E.J. Biggers and openly pursued other cornerback help, most recently bringing in veteran Quentin Jammer for a visit. With the second and third rounds of the draft tonight and cornerback a deep position group from which the Redskins should be able to select, it's certainly conceivable that Wilson became convinced a pay cut now was preferable to being cut in the next few days or weeks. But he's one of many Redskins players to reduce their salaries and stay with the team this offseason, including Hall, Santana Moss, Adam Carriker and Brandon Meriweather.
The Redskins are dealing this offseason with $18 million worth of salary-cap penalties left over from last year's league-imposed discipline for their spending behavior during the uncapped 2010 season. But they've managed to keep almost everyone they wanted to keep from their 2012 division-champion roster. Linebacker and special-teams captain Lorenzo Alexander has been their only significant defection to this point.