Redskins 2014 Free Agent Spending Spree

Stacy Revere

Don't let the title fool you. I have no desire to be the off-season champions anymore.  But, we do have money, and we do have many needs, and many of those needs will have to be addressed in free agency if we want to be competitive in 2014 and beyond.  This is the last year our draft will be impacted by the Robert Griffin III trade.  Next off-season we will have our full roster of draft picks to add to the re-building process.  But this season, we are not as fortunate, so a wise approach to free agency will be instrumental.

This post will serve as a primer to the start of free agency. I expect we will have about $27-28 million to work with before any cuts are made.  I think we all agree, that some players will be cut.  For the purpose of this discussion, I will add some potential cuts(ones that seem pretty obvious), and will also factor in the team keeping Brian Orakpo, either via the franchise tag or a long-term deal.

Potential Cuts:

Adam Carriker - Carriker was on injured reserve for the 2013 season.  When fully healthy, he brings a strong inside presence to our defense, both as a run stuffer and a pocket collapser.  The problem is his health, coupled with his salary and age, just don't make him a part of the future here in DC.

Cap Savings - $3 million

Stephen Bowen - Bowen is another Redskin who has been bitten by the injury bug over the last two seasons.  Although he played through two torn up knees, it was obvious to see that he was not a force up front anymore and he underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee this off-season.  Just like Carriker, age, injury and salary make him a likely cut.

Cap Savings - $2 million

Will Montgomery - Montgomery has been downright awful over the last two years.  His play was never great, but it is now on a steady decline. Age is not on his side either.

Cap Savings - $1.925 million

Chris Chester - In 2012, Chester played at a very high level.  In 2013, his play dropped to average.  With the large salary cap number that he carries, he's likely seen his last days as a Redskin.

Cap Savings - $2.7 million

Kory Lichtensteiger - Kory was given a contract extension last year, but he should have been paying the Redskins to let him be a part of this team instead.  His play was horrible, and I don't think he has a future in the league on a team that Mike Shanahan doesn't coach.

Cap Savings - $1.1 million

Tyler Polumbus - Polumbus was a human turnstile at right tackle last season for the Redskins.  Not much more can be said here.

Cap Savings - $2.5 million

Logan Paulsen - Paulsen is not the typical Jay Gruden tight end.  Although we only have the often injured Jordan Reed, and Niles Paul behind him, his cap hit in an offense that really doesn't fit him, may be enough to push him out.

Cap Savings - $1.6 million

Now, I don't expect every one of the above players to be cut, but I wouldn't be a surprised to see five from this list released.  I'm going to figure an additional $10 million will come from cuts, bringing our total available spend in free agency to be around $38 million.

What can $38 million buy you these days?

First, we must account for the new contracts of DeAngelo Hall and Chris Baker.  I couldn't find exact numbers for both players just yet, but I estimated Hall's 2014 cap hit to be close to $2.5 million, and imagine Baker's could sit around the $1.5 million range.  So, I'll go a bit on the high side, and say both players combined count $5 million against our $38 million spend.

Now, I'm going to figure we re-sign, or franchise Brian Orakpo.  I'm figuring $10 million for this move.

We now have $23 million to spend on players in free agency.

What can $23 million buy you on the open market?

Middle Linebacker:

Perry Riley(25) - $4-5 million

Arthur Moats(25) - $3-4 million

Pat Angerer(27) - $3-4 million

Joe Mays(28) - $3-4 million

D'Qwell Jackson(30) - $3-4 million

Right Tackle:

Michael Oher(27) - $5-6 million

Rodger Saffold(25) - $4-5 million

Anthony Collins(28) - $4-5 million

Geoff Schwartz(27) - $3-4 million

Marshall Newhouse(25) - $2-3 million

Center:

Alex Mack(28) - $6-7 million

Ted Larsen(26) - $3-4 million

J.D. Walton(26) - $2-3 million

Phil Costa(26) - $2-3 million

Guard:

Jon Asamoah(25) - $3-4 million

Shawn Lauvao(26) - $2-3 million

Zane Beadles(27) - $2-3 million

Vladimir Ducasse(26) - $2-3 million

Defensive Tackle:

Linval Joseph(25) - $3-4 million

Cam Thomas(27) - $3-4 million

Terrence Cody(25) - $2-3 million

Red Bryant(29) - $2-3 million

Safety:

Donte Whitner(28) - $5-6 million

Malcolm Jenkins(26) - $4-5 million

Major Wright(25) - $3-4 million

T.J. Ward(27) - $3-4 million

Nate Allen(26) - $2-3 million

Taylor Mays(26) - $2-3 million

So, you play GM. What needs will you fill in free agency, and which players will you bring in to fill those needs?

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