Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Redskins, Davis and the cap
By Tom Carpenter
Due to their $18 million salary-cap penalty handed down by the NFL last year, the Washington Redskins are projected to be about $4 million over the cap. That means they will have to rework some contracts and/or cut some players just to get under the cap, and they'll have to go even further if they want to make any noise via the free-agent market. However, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Wednesday morning that the club has yet to do any such tweaks to the contracts of their current players.
"So far, the Redskins haven’t restructured any deals, according to one person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak for the team," Jones wrote. "Two others said the team hadn't yet initiated discussions with players’ representatives regarding reworking deals to create cap room."
They have until March 12 to get their numbers under the cap, so they still have several weeks to work it out. One of the bigger questions the Redskins will have to answer during that time period is what to do with tight end Fred Davis, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and was franchised last season. Redskins GM Bruce Allen implied recently that they will hold off a decision on Davis for a while, perhaps to see how his rehab continues. Per Jones, a source said that Davis currently is ahead of schedule in his recovery.
ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano thinks the Redskins may not be able to franchise anyone this season:
Dan GrazianoNFC East franchise tag primer
"The tight end number is low, but they tagged Fred Davis last year, so his number would exceed $7 million -- for a guy coming off a torn Achilles. And as you may have heard, the Redskins are missing $18 million in cap space again this year as a result of the penalties imposed a year ago. A long-term deal with Davis for a lower 2013 base is more likely, and if they can't afford to tag him, how can they afford to tag anyone?"