Now we start talking about best friends. If Griffin is getting some new ones, he can't keep all his old ones.
These are the players with notable existing contracts who RG3 has come to lead through his rookie season as the offense's signal-caller. Salary figures again courtesy of the Washington Post.
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon: $8.2 million—One of the most vitally important pieces on the offense, Garcon will be a difference-maker once able to make it through a full season healthy. Keep him on board. He's worth a cap hit that is the tenth-largest among active NFL receivers.
Tackle Trent Williams: $7.98 million—Worth every penny.
Wide receiver Santana Moss: $6.16 million—Ridiculous. Tell Moss to take a hike if he won't bring that number down to $3 million or so. He had his worst season yardage and receptions-wise since 2002, tallying only 41 catches for 573 yards. Colts WR Reggie Wayne came into the league the same year as Moss and is only scheduled to bring a $1 million greater cap hit to his team in 2013. Wayne had 106 receptions for 1355 yards in 2012 as a comparison.
Wide receiver Josh Morgan: $5.1 million—Really!? The Redskins have more "half-good," gadgety receivers than any other team in the NFL outside of the New York Jets. Morgan made some really nice plays in 2012, and showed promise, but the team is strapped and cannot keep Garcon, Hankerson, Moss, Robinson, Morgan, Banks, Briscoe and whatever FedEx Field hot-dog vendor they may have had to use some Sundays in 2012.
Guard Chris Chester: $4.3 million—The right side of the offensive line was a nightmare for running back Alfred Morris in 2012, but as we'll get to, it was due to the right tackle, not Chester, the right guard. Chester is a great player who needs to be kept around, especially if Washington plans on bringing in a new right tackle. It's Kory Lichtensteiger who needs out. Josh LeRibeus is on a cheaper contract and one look at the Premium stats on ProFootballFocus.com will show you what your eyes saw all year. The Redskins could not run off of left guard or right tackle in 2012.
Center Will Montgomery: $2.65 million—Needs to be kept around, plus the team already restructured Montgomery's deal last season when handling the first installment of the same $18 million gorilla in the room.
The Redskins paid out the nose for RG3 as far as draft picks go, but fortunately for them, their franchise QB is still under a cheap rookie contract.
The Redskins could conceivably do something like the Falcons did Friday in their purging of John Abraham, Michael Turner and Dunta Robinson and clear up some room to operate.
Any combination of these moves, plus possibilities with high-profile free agents of their own such as Fred Davis, could lead to a workable situation through the free agency period.