The Washington Redskins' five highest paid players in 2013 account for nearly one-third of the team's payroll for the entire season—led by second-year wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who will earn $8.2 million this season.
Much has been said during this offseason regarding the $18 million salary cap penalty assessed by the NFL to the Washington Redskins. A total penalty of $36 million was levied by the league following allegations the team, according to NFL.com, "took advantage of a loophole" regarding salary limitations in 2010—a charge the team has vigorously denied and fought in court.
While the team has performed remarkably well during free agency given the salary cap limitations, the penalty has also prevented any blockbuster deals from occurring.
Half of this year's free-agency signings are one-year contracts, according to Spotrac.com.
Last month, the NFL designated $123 million as the adjusted total cap per team on salaries for the 2013 season. Understanding the intricacies of such designations is difficult—given carryover from the previous season and so-called "dead money," as well as pro-rated signing bonuses and workout bonuses.
NFLPlayers.com reports the Redskins have 50 of 51 players currently under contract with just under $670,000 remaining, the smallest remaining amount in the NFL.
In comparison, the Cleveland Browns have nearly $34 million remaining with a full roster of 51 players.
Here is a breakdown of the top five salary cap hits, as reported by Spotrac.com, for the Washington Redskins in 2013.