As the Washington Redskins prepare for training camp, there are dozens of undrafted free agents who have yet to sign with an NFL team. While head coach Mike Shanahan has emphasized his intentions of building a younger team, there are still some veteran players on the free-agent market who are looking to extend their careers. And the Redskins are looking for bargains.
Handcuffed by salary cap penalties levied by the NFL, the Redskins managed admirably with 15 percent less money—having incurred an $18 million penalty for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Latest reports, including Spotrac.com, put the team somewhere around $2.2 million under the NFL mandated $123 million salary cap for 2013.
In an added twist, according to ESPN.com, the Redskins have the fourth-oldest projected starting lineup. Despite Shanahan's desire for a youthful team, the Redskins may not be able to afford much more than a "seasoned" veteran willing to settle for a significant salary reduction in order to remain in the NFL.
The Redskins can, however, take advantage of a contract clause known as the Minimum Salary Benefit, which allows teams to sign veterans for a minimum salary, depending on the player's length of service in the league.
According to overthecap.com, a player with at least four years in the league can sign with an NFL team as a veteran with a one-year contract for a minimum of $555,000 counting against the salary cap. If a signing does occur under these circumstances, a player's signing bonus cannot exceed $65,000. The amount increases based on NFL experience.
The season, the Redskins are stuck between a rock and a hard place—wanting a young team but financially strapped to pay the top dollar many veterans are seeking.
The following slideshow will present players still on the market and available to the Redskins. While the likelihood that all of these players would be willing to take a drastic cut in pay is remote, one may entertain an offer, despite his history of receiving a seven-digit salary.