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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Contract breakdowns: Moss, Geathers

By John Keim

Santana Moss is not a lock to make the team. The Washington Redskins expect Clifton Geathers to be on the roster. That’s the assumption one can make after checking out their contracts.

Moss
Neither one of those statements is a big surprise; when Moss was signed, myself and others wrote that he was not guaranteed anything. His contract backs that up as Moss only received a veteran minimum deal -- a $65,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $955,000 (but he would only count $635,000 against the salary cap if he makes the roster. The minimum salary benefit takes effect so his base, for cap purposes, would be $570,000).

The only guaranteed cash in the deal for Moss is the signing bonus. The Redskins still think he might be able to help, hence the sort of contract he signed. But I doubt their quest to add another receiver will end; indeed, Kenny Britt is visiting Tuesday. Also, if Leonard Hankerson is healthy and looks good in training camp, that wouldn’t be good news for Moss, unless the 34-year old shows he can still play. But Hankerson and newly-signed Andre Roberts can play in the slot. Aldrick Robinson can as well, but not to the same level as the other two.

Geathers
As for Geathers, his two-year deal came with a $500,000 signing bonus. The base salary of $1.075 million is more than what veteran Kedric Golston will receive -- this year or next. And they’d be out $750,000 if Geathers is somehow cut. Geathers was a backup in Philadelphia last season -- he had the fifth most snaps of their lineman with 321 -- and is now with his sixth team at age 26.

The Redskins currently have eight defensive linemen on the roster who could be fighting for six or seven spots; they kept six entering the 2012 season and seven entering 2013. Here are the eight Geathers, Golston, Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, Chris Neild, Chris Baker and Jarvis Jenkins.

A lot of this will depend on Bowen’s health, but it also means that Adam Carriker, released two weeks ago, would have to show an awful lot if the Redskins do grant him a workout in June to gauge his progress.

Here is Geathers' contract breakdown, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

2014
Base salary: $1.075 million
Cap hit: $1.35 million
Note: $250,000 of his base salary is fully guaranteed. He also receives a $25,000 workout bonus.

2015
Base salary: $1.575 million
Cap hit: $1.85 million
Note: The cap hit also reflects a $25,000 workout bonus in addition to his prorated bonus.