Will the Redskins be in a great cap situation after the penalty expires this season?
Much of the focus is on the Washington Redskins Cap Situation in 2013, but the way contracts are structured as well as looking at future needs it's always important to consider salary cap ramifications going forward. While much of the expectation is that the Redskins will have plenty to spend given that their cap penalty expires but is that really the case?
Currently the Redskins have $77.747 million committed to 27 players for 2014. That means that the Redskins currently project to be about $45 million under a projected salary cap of at least $123 million (likely it will be more like $125 million). That seems like a lot, but it does need to be spread around to 24 players. Many of those 24 spots would right now be starters or significant players (i.e. 3rd WR, CB, etc.). Keep in mind though that doesn't count any money pushed forward to get under the 2013 salary cap. Given how poor their 2013 situation is it is likely that at least $5 million will need to be pushed into 2014.
So what does this mean? Well the Redskins are have some money to spend, but they have to be smart about setting the table for 2014. If they push too much money into 2014 in restructures or back-loading contracts they won't be in as strong of a cap position next season. The Redskins also need to have a strong draft, which could bring a lot of cheap young talent in, allowing them to have more money to spend to fill the remaining needed positions.
One thing to keep in mind is if the Redskins cut DeAngelo Hall and Adam Carriker this year, in addition to saving $10.5 million in 2013 (and perhaps lessening the amount needed to be pushed forward), they would save $15.75 million in 2014, freeing up a significant amount to really allow the Redskins to be aggressive that year.
What are your thoughts on the Redskins 2014 cap situation? How much money should they target to push forward?Does this change your opinion on cutting Hall or Carriker this season? And are there any additional players the Redskins should look to cut?