A break down of the Redskins cap situation by position and a look at their cap space for 2014.
Here are the Redskins' five leading rushers in the last 20 years (1994-2013):
Rewind: Blame the knee, blame the lack of offseason training, blame the Shanahans' offensive, blame whoever you want. Griffin's stats were down from 2012 in virtually every major category: completion percentage (65.6 in 2012 - 60.1 in 2013), touchdowns (20-16), yards/attempt (8.1-7.0), and passer rating (102.4-82.2).
It's important to note that even if the Redskins do decide to let Orakpo walk there still will be choices to make. Who replaces him, how much do you pay that player, how do you best utilize the money saved? The resources are still finite.
A look at whether or not the Redskins should look to either of the linemen at the center of the Dolphins controversy as a potential option for next season.
Washington has lacked creativity from its defensive line since switching to the 3-4, resulting in a subpar pass rush. Lamarr Houston is a big name who could help fix both of those problems. Houston was drafted by the Raiders originally as a one-gap, penetrating three-technique defensive tackle. Those types of players don't fit into the two-gap, 3-4 system that Washington has run under Jim Haslett. But Houston has evolved into much more than that during his NFL career. Oakland lined him up all over the place to get the most out of his outstanding athleticism.
According to two people familiar with the details of Helu's contract, the Washington Redskins running back reached the "proven performance escalator," a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that rewards players who were drafted in the third through seventh rounds who are entering the final year of their rookie contract.
The Washington Redskins were hurt at safety because of injuries and, in truth, poor decisions from the past. They had several years to solve this position and have been unable to do so, because of bad signings (O.J. Atogwe), bad luck (Phillip Thomas' injury) or relying on players with checkered pasts (Tanard Jackson). Add it up and it left the Redskins with too many backup players pressed into roles they weren't ready to play (or could play). The defense had other issues to be sure, but upgrading here is a top priority in the offseason.
However, everyone else in the NFC East is below them. Dallas is 18th (.488); Philadelphia is 20th (.479) and the New York Giants are 27h (.465). (As a reminder, only two of the 16 games are determined by where a team finishes). Of course, Washington's divisional foes get to play a team that went 3-13 a year ago. But more than strength -- or ease -- of schedule, the Redskins need improved play from quarterback Robert Griffin III and their defense.