Mike Shanahan enters this offseason with a different sort of challenge than he has faced since arriving in Washington three seasons ago. Instead of lacking sufficient talent to build a proper roster, Shanahan now lacks the cap space to bring in what few key pieces the Redskins truly require.
As a result of front-loading contracts during the uncapped year, Washington incurred $36 million in penalties, half of which goes against this year's number.
Even with less money, Washington can still restructure a few contracts and finally entice a free agent or two with credible promises of playoff contention. Rather than throw money at players, the Redskins can throw success at them, and play to their desire to succeed at the highest level.
Here is a position-by-position breakdown of what the Redskins are liable to do this offseason.