When the Washington Redskins look at free agency this offseason, they also have to be mindful of the next several years. They have key contracts that will expire over that time, with players they would probably like to keep around. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that the salary cap, projected about $133 million this year, could top $140 million next year and $150 million by 2016. It had been flat for a couple years. So any increase would be good for Washington.
The offseason already feels a bit long -- and we haven't even hit free agency yet. The draft is still more than two months away. That means there are future decisions that must be debated and discussed. So in Part 1 of the Washington Redskins Mailbag, we take a look at compensatory picks, an option in case Brian Orakpo leaves, Chris Baker's contract, receivers in the draft and more. Enjoy.
Another round of questions; another round of linebacker Brian Orakpo and free agency. At this point, those have to be the main topics, right? But there are a couple other questions about defensive ends Adam Carriker and Chris Baker, trades and how many quarterbacks might the Redskins keep? Here you go.
If the Redskins use their franchise tag on Orakpo, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who led the team with 10 sacks last season, they would have the right to retain him by matching any contract offer by another team, and the right to receive two first-round draft choices as compensation from Orakpo's new club if they allow him to depart. The Redskins have not said whether they will use the franchise tag on Orakpo if they're unable to sign him to a new contract before Monday's deadline.
With versatile defensive lineman Chris Baker now under contract, attention shifts to who along the line might be departing and what the rest of the depth chart will look like.
Former Washington and Houston general manager Charley Casserly thinks that the Redskins are going to invest heavily on the offensive line when free agency starts, with "heavily" being used both literally and figuratively.
A look at why the Redskins should be patient in free agency and not make the same mistakes they have in the past.