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Old 06-03-2009, 12:26 PM   #526
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I think a lot of the media is going to be eating their words when the Redskins are 5-2 and offering $70 million to Jason Campbell by Halloween, in that, it will look like the Redskins bought their way to unsustainable success. But that's only part of the story.

The Redskins have a remarkably team-friendly contract with the best defensive player in football, with only one caveat: the Haynesworth contract comes with a simply unfathomable amount of risk to the team. As of right now, before any restructure, the amount of money the Redskins can go after should Haynesworth get himself suspended is a whopping: not one dime.

Out of the $41 million guarenteed figure, or otherwise put, the combined total of money owed to Albert Haynesworth for his first three seasons here, not one cent is paid out in a signing bonus, or a non-guarenteed salary. About $22 million of that is subject to be restructured next offseason, which would give the team the ability to reclaim that if Haynesworth does something stupid. But Haynesworth will stay a Redskin through 2011 no matter how many games he's actually healthy enough to play.

But in exchange for that risk, the Redskins get the best defensive player in football at relatively cap-friendly prices for the remainder of the prime of his career. Taking the risk was necessary to get Haynesworth in with a reasonable cap number, but ultimately, this gamble will be the reason the team will win in the near future.

There's no other team in football who would have taken a risk like that. Any argument for Snyder being a great owner has to start with the Haynesworth contract.
I don't think Haynesworth will get suspended for any reason in the near future, so I'd have to agree. Of course if it goes in the other direction, any argument for Snyder being a terrible owner will be highlighted by the Haynesworth contract. However I don't see that happening.

And I hope you're right about Campbell. I feel that way about it as well. I think he has a very nice year upcoming.
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:32 PM   #527
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We would probably be the same because we are always pushing money into future years which evens out the deadcap. So we get to spend money that we don't even have yet basically. Since the cap goes up every year we can sustain this as long as we don't go too crazy with it.

We cut somebody which accelerates the cap hit, but then we extend or restructure somebody else. So on this, from a cap perspective, we took money from Moss this year to give to Jansen, but then we gave the money that was owed to Jansen later to Moss.
I get what you're saying, but pushing money into future years doesn't really even out the deadcap. It actually creates bigger deadcap numbers down the road. It's kind of a version of short term thinking. It's almost like we've accepted the fact that every season there will be a player or two whose contract(s) we've blundered so badly that we have no choice but do this kind of stuff.

Sure the Moss restructuring evens out the Jansen thing for 2009, but what does "even" mean? If by even you mean on par with what we always do, then sure. All it really does is rectify Jansen's cap hit for 2009 by creating another Jansen-like situation for Santana in 2011 or 2012. And around and around we go.
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:21 PM   #528
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I get what you're saying, but pushing money into future years doesn't really even out the deadcap. It actually creates bigger deadcap numbers down the road. It's kind of a version of short term thinking. It's almost like we've accepted the fact that every season there will be a player or two who's contract(s) we've blundered so badly that we have no choice but do this kind of stuff.

Sure the Moss restructuring evens out the Jansen thing for 2009, but what does "even" mean? If by even you mean on par with what we always do, then sure. All it really does is rectify Jansen's cap hit for 2009 by creating another Jansen-like situation for Santana in 2011 or 2012. And around and around we go.
Well hopefully next year will be uncapped and we can somehow push all kinds of money into that year, so we won't have to do this anymore.
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After Jansen's release and most of the signings (not including draft picks) I have us at $2.071M of cap room.

The draft picks are already accounted for in the cap with the rookie pool, and the remaining signings will likely all be at the league min so they won't affect the cap situation cuz of the rule of 51.
Does this include the Moss's restructure we keep hearing about lately?
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:49 AM   #530
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Some really good comments here, thanks CC, Schneed & GT.

Does anyone remember when all this restructuring started? The reason I ask is that it seems it really became a hallmark of Gibbs' tenure. He valued veterans & wanted to keep those guys on the roster when other teams might've just cut them.

So, since Gibbs has been gone are we likely to see less restructures pushing bonuses forward?
Of course there have been restructures since Gibbs left, but assuming the cap remains in a new cba, I'm thinking that gradually vinny will build through the draft & try to substantially reduce restructuring deals that push cap space to the future.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:05 AM   #531
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^ Don't blame Gibbs. He had to learn about restructuring. I think it's just DS learning new ways to get around the CAP. Will it hurt us....everyone and all of us say yes but every yr we seem to get out of CAP hell.
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I get what you're saying, but pushing money into future years doesn't really even out the deadcap. It actually creates bigger deadcap numbers down the road. It's kind of a version of short term thinking. It's almost like we've accepted the fact that every season there will be a player or two whose contract(s) we've blundered so badly that we have no choice but do this kind of stuff.

Sure the Moss restructuring evens out the Jansen thing for 2009, but what does "even" mean? If by even you mean on par with what we always do, then sure. All it really does is rectify Jansen's cap hit for 2009 by creating another Jansen-like situation for Santana in 2011 or 2012. And around and around we go.
See I look at it more along these lines. The Skins pay top dollar in the players prime years, the players get very good money for the years they play. Good for both sides

Using Jansen and Santana as an example, Jansen was paid at his peak, and deserved a top dollar contract, the contract length was written so the team could pay him what they felt he was worth. I think that is praiseworthy. Santana is still a solid player, and we now give him his money that we feel he is worth, and extend it to make room for the salary cap hit from paying Jansen at his time. I don't think that is short-sighted, I think it is maximizing the full flexibility of the cap. Sure some teams have 36million + in cap room, but when the season starts, barring major catastrophe, that is just available resources poorly used.

I don't remember much about the college class anymore, (still all math is useful), but one of the basic econ principles is maximizing resources for the best value, I think the Skins FO at this point does that as well as any team. (How many people before FA started felt we would have AH, DD, DH, cut Jansen, HS, and still have cap room for emergencies/additional pickups?).
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:42 PM   #533
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See I look at it more along these lines. The Skins pay top dollar in the players prime years, the players get very good money for the years they play. Good for both sides

Using Jansen and Santana as an example, Jansen was paid at his peak, and deserved a top dollar contract, the contract length was written so the team could pay him what they felt he was worth. I think that is praiseworthy. Santana is still a solid player, and we now give him his money that we feel he is worth, and extend it to make room for the salary cap hit from paying Jansen at his time. I don't think that is short-sighted, I think it is maximizing the full flexibility of the cap. Sure some teams have 36million + in cap room, but when the season starts, barring major catastrophe, that is just available resources poorly used.

I don't remember much about the college class anymore, (still all math is useful), but one of the basic econ principles is maximizing resources for the best value, I think the Skins FO at this point does that as well as any team. (How many people before FA started felt we would have AH, DD, DH, cut Jansen, HS, and still have cap room for emergencies/additional pickups?).
Not a bad way to look at it. I'm obviously gald we use every bit of cap space and don't sit way under like some teams. Nowhere did I suggest we should be way under the cap.

Two seasons ago we gave Jansen a 5 year, $22M extension, and then restructured it, and that's why at 33 years old, we were left with a crappy decision to make as far as cap dollars go with Big Jon. My point was we've now given Moss a contract that will most likely put us in the same situation with him as we just had with Jansen a few years down the road.

You say we're maximizing the full flexibility of the cap. I disagree. I think given the circumstances we're doing what we have to do to make space. I think maximizing the cap would be avoiding all these dead cap hits year in and year out and using that money on players. I'm interested in using the cap to maximize the quality of our roster.
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:47 PM   #534
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Not a bad way to look at it. I'm obviously gald we use every bit of cap space and don't sit way under like some teams. Nowhere did I suggest we should be way under the cap.

Two seasons ago we gave Jansen a 5 year, $22M extension, and then restructured it, and that's why at 33 years old, we were left with a crappy decision to make as far as cap dollars go with Big Jon. My point was we've now given Moss a contract that will most likely put us in the same situation with him as we just had with Jansen a few years down the road.

You say we're maximizing the full flexibility of the cap. I disagree. I think given the circumstances we're doing what we have to do to make space. I think maximizing the cap would be avoiding all these dead cap hits year in and year out and using that money on players. I'm interested in using the cap to maximize the quality of our roster.
What I don't understand, and I admit I just don't know the math in and out, is how can you use every bit of cap space on current players? Is that what you are saying should happen, or that the dead cap number is simply too high. I know Dallas has a high dead cap number, I would be curious what the league average is, and I am sure its out there if I were more diligent.
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What I don't understand, and I admit I just don't know the math in and out, is how can you use every bit of cap space on current players? Is that what you are saying should happen, or that the dead cap number is simply too high. I know Dallas has a high dead cap number, I would be curious what the league average is, and I am sure its out there if I were more diligent.
Yeah, I don't know the math in and out either. I'm sure most teams aren't using all of their cap space on players who make the 53 man. A times a dead cap hit here and there is inevitable. But as Crazy Canuck points out here (Current Redskins Salary Cap Status - 2009), prior to the Moss restructure/extension, 14% of our salary cap was dead cap space. Again, I don't know the numbers on all the teams, but I'm sure 14% is a pretty big number comparatively.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:46 PM   #536
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When the gurus have time can we can an uptodate number on the cap...post the JT release which I'm pretty sure helps us quite a bit.

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Cutting Thrash will save us $845K this year. He was due to earn $945K, and we take a $100K dead cap hit for releasing him.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:03 PM   #538
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Any word on Orakpo and Barnes negotiations/signings? What about the UK DE we just picked up? I haven't heard much in terms of signings period, but I assume they will be starting to pick up over the next week.
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Extreme Skins has a blog that Barns was signed. News came from the twitter.

Redskins Blog: Kevin Barnes Signed (via Twitter) - EXTREMESKINS.com
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Yep, it's on the Skins front page now
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