The Washington Redskins will enter the 2013 offseason with a tight grip around their wallet. With only a nominal increase in the expected NFL salary cap level, the Redskins will struggle to manage current and future contracts with their current cap situation.
The NFL salary cap is expected to rise only $1 million next season, bringing each team's maximum to $121 million. With around $3 million in "roll over" cap, the Redskins pre-2013 cap will be around $124 million. However, that cap will likely be reduced by the $18 million penalty imposed by the league (2 yr/ $36 million penalty) bringing the starting number down to $106 million. The Redskins will also have to deal with $1.83 million in "dead cap" from releasing Chris Cooley, further reducing the total cap space.
With a little over $104 million in cap space, the Redskins will need to do some serious contract tinkering and bargain hunting to fill the roster. The following 15 players are unrestricted free agents heading into the offseason:
QB: Rex Grossman
TE: Fred Davis, Chris Cooley
T: Jordan Black, Tyler Polumbus
G: Kory Lichtensteiger
LB: Lorenzo Alexander, Rob Jackson, Chris Wilson
DT: Chris Baker
DE: Kedric Golston
CB: Cedric Griffin, David Jones
S: Madieu Williams
P: Sav Rocca
The offensive line, linebacker and secondary positions will all be key areas the Redskins will be looking to upgrade this offseason. Here are some players that should be targeted and contracts that need to be renegotiated.