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Positional look at Redskins' salary cap

February, 12, 2014
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With free agency starting next month, and with the Redskins able to finally spend, it’s good to take a look at what they’re working with at each position. Where do they have the money already allocated in 2014 – and where will they have to spend this offseason?

The answer to the latter question is obvious, especially when you look at the numbers: receivers, linebacker, corner and safety are not only spots that need upgrading because of talent, they need it because of numbers. Just look at the top wage earners in the secondary.

As of now, the Redskins have 17 defensive players under contract (for a total of $33,395,891). They have 24 players under contract offensively (for a total of $53,971,390). They will cut some players to free up more space, of course. Here are some possibilities.

And for those wondering about where the money was allocated last year, the big money was on offense ($53,362,266). Defense took up 44.52 percent of the total salary cap ($44,807,210). It’s a safe bet that will change this offseason.

Anyway, (mimicking by Patriots colleagues blog) here’s a snapshot of their 2014 salary-cap situation by position:

Quarterback
Under contract: 2
Total cap value: $6,447,926
Percentage of team cap: 7.1
Top cap charge: Robert Griffin III ($5,759,754)

Running back
Under contract: 6
Total cap value: $5,171,921
Percentage of team cap: 5.7
Top cap charge: Roy Helu ($1,506,563)

Wide receiver
Under contract: 4
Total cap value: $11,577,219
Percentage of team cap: 12.75
Top cap charge: Pierre Garcon ($9,700,000)

Tight end
Under contract: 3
Total cap value: $3,569,357
Percentage of team cap: 3.93
Top cap charge: Logan Paulsen ($2,236,666)

Offensive line
Under contract: 9
Total cap value: $27,204,967
Percentage of team cap: 29.97
Top cap charge: Trent Williams ($10,980,393)

Defensive line
Under contract: 6
Total cap value: $24,621,156
Percentage of team cap: 27.12
Top cap charge: Barry Cofield ($7,667,500)

Linebacker
Under contract: 5
Total cap value: $5,201,881
Percentage of team cap: 15.58
Top cap charge: Ryan Kerrigan ($2,774,639)

Cornerback
Under contract: 3
Total cap value: $1,956,138
Percentage of team cap: 2.15
Top cap charge: David Amerson ($875,205)

Safety
Under contract: 3
Total cap value: $1,616,719
Percentage of team cap: 1.78
Top cap charge: Trent Robinson ($570,000)

Specialists
Under contract: 4
Total cap value: $3,415,000
Percentage of team cap: 3.76
Top cap charge: Sav Rocca ($1,362,500)
The 2012 NFL draft has finished.

I've put together a chart showing all the NFC West picks.

Seattle drafted an NFL-high eight players on defense. One, defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy, projects as a guard. No other team drafted more than six defensive players, by my count.

Total draft picks: Rams 10, Seahawks 10, Arizona Cardinals 7, San Francisco 49ers 7.

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