Redskins' cutbacks probably temporary
March, 5, 2010
After watching the Washington Redskins unload a bundle of high-priced contracts Thursday, you wonder how team owner Dan Snyder would have functioned if there were a salary cap in 2010. The Redskins dropped $63 million of dead salary cap pro-ration with the retirement of Chris Samuel and the releases of veterans Rock Cartwright, Todd Collins, Randy Thomas, Latrell Betts, Cornelius Griffin, Antwaan Randle-El and cornerback Fred Smoot. If there were a $123 million salary cap, the Redskins would have been $39 million over the cap after those transactions. For cash, the Redskins cut their payroll to $70.6 million, fourth-lowest in the league. Knowing Snyder, that number will grow. Quiet times for restricted FAs Don't expect a lot of big action on the restricted free agent market. As expected, teams used leverage in deciding the draft-choice compensation if any team tried to steal their restricted free agent. A total of 130 of the 216 unrestricted free agents were given tenders in the second-round or higher levels. There were 26 first-rounder tenders and 20 tenders for first-and-thirds. It will be hard for a team to get a high-tendered player away from a team unless there is a trade worked out. Even though the owners are holding down salaries by not allowing players to hit the unrestricted free agent market unless they have six years of experience, the price of the 216 restricted free agents' salaries is $381 million.