Redskins salary-cap breakdown: Offense

April, 9, 2014
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The flurry of signings has slowed to a crawl. So that provides us a chance to take another look at the Redskins’ salary-cap breakdown by position. For the record, Washington has approximately $2.8 million of salary-cap space remaining.

We’re also still in the period of the Rule of 51, where only the top 51 players on a roster count toward the salary cap.

Anyway, here’s an offensive positional rundown on the Redskins’ salary cap. It provides a look at how the Redskins are spending compared to the NFL average -- yes, more than most at receiver, but not at every position. I’ll take a look at the defensive breakdown on Thursday:

Quarterbacks

Number on roster: 3
Total percentage of cap space: 5.49
Total cap value: $7,082,926
NFL average: $11,815,172
Biggest cap hit: Robert Griffin III ($5,759,754)
Underpaid: Tough to say anyone is at this point, but if Griffin plays at a high level this season then it will be him. Eighteen quarterbacks have a higher cap figure than Griffin (No. 1 on the list: Eli Manning at $20.4 million). But that will be a short-term issue.
Looking to the future: The Redskins will have to decide next spring whether to extend Griffin’s contract by one more year. Cousins has two more years left on his rookie deal. McCoy signed a one-year contract.

Running backs

Number on roster: 5
Total percentage of cap space: 3.64
Total cap value: $4,695,484
NFL average: $7,828,161
Biggest cap hit: Roy Helu ($1,548,563)
Underpaid: Obviously Alfred Morris, who will count only $600,775 against the cap this season. He's a bargain: 92 running backs have higher cap numbers than Morris in 2014.
Looking to the future: Morris has two more years on his rookie contract and would require a solid raise. Nobody else really presents an issue, though Helu and Evan Royster both are in the final year of their contracts.

Receivers

Number on roster: 8
Total percentage of cap space: 14.96
Total cap value: $19,282,219
NFL average: $13,283,803
Biggest cap hit: Pierre Garcon ($9.7 million)
Underpaid: Believe it or not, DeSean Jackson. He only counts $4.25 million against the cap this year. There are 30 receivers who have a higher cap figure this season. This is the result of concerns over his work ethic, etc. But as far as on the field, Jackson represents value.
Looking to the future: Garcon has three years left on his contract, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him want an extension before it’s over. Both Garcon and Jackson’s contracts end in 2016. Leonard Hankerson’s rookie deal ends after this season. He has a lot to prove.

Tight ends

Number on roster: 3
Total percentage of cap space: 2.77
Total cap value: $3,569,357
NFL average: $6,254,518
Biggest cap hit: Logan Paulsen ($2,236,666)
Underpaid: Jordan Reed. But the second-year pro has to prove he’s durable. But he’ll count only $642,278 against the cap, a low sum for a guy who should catch 60 passes – even with the addition of receiver Jackson. That is, if Reed stays healthy.
Looking to the future: Niles Paul’s contract is up after this season. We know he’s a quality special- teams player, but he needs to produce more at tight end. Paulsen’s contract is up after next season.

Offensive line

Number on roster: 12
Total percentage of cap space: 22.98
Total cap value: $29,629,967
NFL average: $21,145,119
Biggest cap hit: Left tackle Trent Williams ($10,980,393)
Underpaid: Tough to say anyone in this group is. But if one of the young linemen ascend to the starting lineup, be it Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus or Tom Compton, then they would qualify. That is, if they play well. None of them count more than $765,000 against the cap.
Looking to the future: Williams’ contract is up in two years, though his cap hit in 2015 is $13.73 million. That’s a hefty sum and, for all the bellyaching about Brian Orakpo, it’s quite a bit to pay him. Williams already counts as one of the five highest paid linemen in the game, based on his cap figure. He’s a terrific lineman and can do things others can’t, but he’s capable of bad games. I’d like to see more consistency at that sum. Right tackle Tyler Polumbus and guard Maurice Hurt both are in the last year of their contracts. Chris Chester has two years left on his deal. If they cut him this year, it would save $2.7 million against the salary cap. In 2015, it would save them $3.95 million.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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