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NFL Press Release: 2018 NFL Free Agency Questions & Answers

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SALARY CAP SET AT $177.2 MILLION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q.  When does the 2018 free agency signing period begin?

A.  At 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14.

 

 Q.  What are the categories of free agency? 

A.  Players are either “restricted free agents” or “unrestricted free agents.”  A restricted free agent may be subject to a “qualifying offer.”  A restricted or unrestricted free agent may be designated by his prior club as its franchise player or transition player. 

 

Q.  What is the time period for free agency signings this year? 

A.  For restricted free agents, from March 14 to April 20.  For unrestricted free agents who have received the May 8 tender from their prior club, from March 14 to July 23 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  For franchise players, from March 14 until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 13.  For transition players, from March 14 until July 23.  After July 23 and until 4 p.m. ET on the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 13, the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights to unrestricted free agents and transition players.  If the above-listed players do not sign by November 13, they must sit out the season.  

 

Q.  What is the difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent? 

A.  In the 2018 league year, players with three accrued seasons who have received a qualifying offer become restricted free agents when their contracts expire at the conclusion of the 2017 league yearon March 14.  Unrestricted free agents have completed four or more accrued seasons.  Upon expiration of his 2017 contract, an unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any club with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club. 

 

Q.  What constitutes an “accrued season”? 

A.  Six or more regular-season games on a club's active/inactive, reserved/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists. 

 

Q.  How do the free agency rules apply to restricted free agents 

A.  If a player with three accrued seasons has received a “qualifying offer” (a salary tender predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club.  He can negotiate with any club through April 20.  If the restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a “right of first refusal” on any offer sheet the player signs.  If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer.  If an offer sheet is not executed on or before April 20, the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club.  In addition, prior to the start of free agency a player who would otherwise be a restricted free agent may be designated by his old club as its franchise player or transition player. 

 

Q.  What determines an unrestricted free agent? 

A.  A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired.  He is free to sign with any club, with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club, through July 23 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  At that point, his negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club if by May 8 the old club tendered the player a one-year contract for 110 percent of his prior year’s salary.  His old club then has until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season (November 13) to sign him.  If he does not sign by that date, he must sit out the season.  If no tender is offered by May 8, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season.  

 

Q.  What determines a franchise player?

A.  The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is: exclusive or non-exclusive.  

An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 20; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as explained below. 

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player: 

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .

 

If a club extends a required tender to a “non-exclusive” franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club. 

 

Q.  How many franchise players and transition players can a team designate each season? 

A.  A club can designate one franchise player or one transition player among its potential restricted or unrestricted free agents.   

 

Q.  Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designation on a player? 

A.  Yes.  A club can withdraw its franchise or transition designation, and the player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent, either immediately if the tender is withdrawn after the start of the 2018 league year, or when his 2017 contract expires if the tender is withdrawn before the start of the 2018 league year.

 

Q.  What is the salary cap for 2018? 

A.  The salary cap is $177,200,000 per club. 

 

Q.  When must teams be in compliance with the salary cap? 

A.  At the start of the 2018 league year, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on WednesdayMarch 14. 

 

Q.  If a team is under the salary cap at the end of a given season, can the team “carry over” room to the next season? 

A.  Yes.  A team may carry over room from one league year to the following league year by submitting notice to the NFL prior to 4:00 p.m. ET on the day following the team’s final regular-season game, indicating the amount of room that the club wishes to carry over.

 

Q.  What is the maximum amount of room that a club can carry over?

A.  A club can carry over 100 percent of its remaining 2017 room to its adjusted salary cap for 2018.

 

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For Immediate Release                                                                                  

March 12, 2018

 

REDSKINS PLACE SECOND-ROUND TENDER ON T TY NSEKHE

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.  The Washington Redskins announced today that they have placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent tackle Ty Nsekhe.

 

Nsekhe (6-8, 338) has appeared in 42 career regular season games with 11 starts. In 2017, he appeared in 11 games for Washington, making five starts in the final six weeks of the season.

 

Nsekhe, 32, played collegiately at Texas State and Tarleton State after attending Bowie H.S. in Arlington, Texas. He was born Oct. 27, 1985.

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March 12, 2018

 

REDSKINS RE-SIGN K DUSTIN HOPKINS

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed kicker Dustin Hopkins. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Hopkins (6-2, 203) was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (No. 177 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He joined the Redskins in Week 2 of the 2015 season and has kicked in 39 regular season games, converting 73-of-87 field goal attempts (83.9 percent) and 93-of-98 PATs (94.9 percent).

 

Hopkins ranks fifth in team history in field goals made (73), fifth in PATs made (93) and 13th in points (312, fifth-most among kickers). His 83.9 field goal percentage ranks second in franchise records among kickers with at least 50 field goal attempts, and his 34 made field goals during the 2016 campaign set a single-season team record.

 

Hopkins kicked collegiately at Florida State, setting the NCAA career scoring record for kickers (466 points) during a storied four-year career. During his time with the Seminoles, he established new NCAA, ACC and Florida State records with 88 career field goals.

 

Hopkins, 27, attended Clear Lake H.S. in Houston, where he was a two-time Texas 5A all-state selection and USA Today first-team All-American as a senior. He was born Oct. 1, 1990.

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So far Richardson WR  is only pickup off free agency....We have lost Cousins, Murphy, Grant and Breeland.....Grant had great hands. Fuller was given away in the trade for Smith as well as our 3rd rd. pick.....WHY is Bruce Allen still with the Redskins and what has he accomplished as far as building our team...a losing record?  We are going to continue to lose with this maniac and Snyder sits with his thumb up his rump to keep his brains from falling out. We are constantly digressing......while the Eagles and Rams can make changes and go from the bottom to the playoffs and SB trophy in 1 year.  Kiss my tickets goodbye and HTTR (Hell to the Redskins). Such a dysfunctional franchise.

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For Immediate Release                                                                                  

March 16, 2018

 

REDSKINS RE-SIGN WR BRIAN QUICK, SIGN P SAM IRWIN-HILL

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.  The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed wide receiver Brian Quick and signed punter Sam Irwin-Hill. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

 

Quick (6-3, 218) originally entered the NFL as a second round pick (No. 33 overall) of the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 78 career regular season games with 24 starts, compiling 111 receptions for 1,575 yards with 10 receiving touchdowns.

 

In his first season with Washington in 2017, Quick played in 11 games with one start. He caught six passes for 76 yards, including a key 31-yard reception to jump-start the team’s game-winning drive in Week 9 at Seattle.

 

Quick played collegiately at Appalachian State, starting 36 of the 54 games in which he appeared for the Mountaineers. He established school career records for receptions (202), receiving yards (3,418) and receiving touchdowns (31).

 

Quick, 28, attended Ridge View H.S. in Columbia, S.C., where he earned all-state, all-region and all-area honors. He was born June 5, 1989.

 

Irwin-Hill (6-3, 210) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on April 27, 2017. He was waived by the Cowboys in September after averaging 38.3 yards on 15 punts, including five downed inside the 20, during the 2017 preseason.

 

Irwin-Hill played his final two collegiate seasons at Arkansas after transferring from City College of San Francisco. As a senior at Arkansas, he played in all 13 games and averaged 40.1 yards on 58 punts and also rushed twice for 74 yards including a 51-yard touchdown run.

 

Irwin-Hill, 27, is a native of Bendigo, Australia, and played Australian Rules Football at Catholic College of Bendigo. He was born Oct. 10, 1990.

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March 15, 2018

 

REDSKINS RE-SIGN LB ZACH BROWN

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.  The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed linebacker Zach Brown. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Brown (6-1, 251) originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (No. 52 overall) of the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 NFL Draft. In six NFL seasons with the Titans (2012-15), Buffalo Bills (2016) and Redskins (2017), Brown has appeared in 78 career regular season games with 62 starts, compiling 535 career tackles (375 solo), 19 passes defensed, 16.5 sacks, seven interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns), four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

 

Last season, Brown started all 13 games in which he played for Washington, posting a team-high 127 tackles (84 solo). Despite playing only 13 games, he finished ninth in the NFL in tackles, the highest ranking by a member of the Redskins since London Fletcher tied for seventh in 2012. In 2016, Brown started all 16 games for Buffalo and led the AFC with 149 tackles (97 solo), second-most in the NFL en route to earning his first career Pro Bowl selection.

 

Brown played collegiately at North Carolina, starting 23 of the 47 games in which he appeared for the Tar Heels. He recorded 230 career tackles (19 for loss), seven interceptions, 5.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

 

Brown, 28, attended Wilde Lake H.S. in Columbia, Md., where he earned All-Howard County honors as a senior after rushing for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns in addition to collecting more than 90 solo tackles. He was born Oct. 23, 1989.

 

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March 15, 2018

 

REDSKINS SIGN WR PAUL RICHARDSON JR.

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Richardson will be introduced to the media in the Team Auditorium at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park later today. He will speak with assembled media at 5:15 p.m. directly preceding Alex Smith’s scheduled introductory press conference at 5:30.

 

Richardson (6-0, 183) was originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (No. 45 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 47 career regular season games with 19 starts, recording 95 career receptions for 1,302 yards with eight receiving touchdowns for Seattle from 2014-17.

 

Last season, Richardson recorded career highs in games played (16), starts (13), receptions (44), receiving yards (703) and receiving touchdowns (six). His 16.0 yards-per-catch average in 2017 was the best by a member of the Seahawks among qualified players since Darrell Jackson in 2003 (16.7).

 

Richardson played collegiately at Colorado, accruing 2,412 receiving yards on 156 receptions with 21 receiving touchdowns. He appeared in 33 games with 25 starts en route to setting or tying 44 school records.

 

Richardson, 25, attended Serra H.S. in Gardena, Calif., helping lead the school to a 15-0 record and a state title in 2009 after transferring from Los Alamitos (Calif.) H.S. He was born April 13, 1992.

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March 14, 2018

 

REDSKINS ACQUIRE QB ALEX SMITH

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have acquired quarterback Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

 

Smith will be introduced to the media at a press conference at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park on Thursday, March 15. 

 

Smith (6-4, 217) is a 13-year NFL veteran who originally entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 156 career regular season games with 151 starts, completing 2,877-of-4,613 passes (62.4 percent) for 31,888 yards with 183 touchdowns and 96 interceptions for a passer rating of 87.4. He has also rushed 529 times for 2,433 yards with 14 rushing touchdowns in his career.

 

After spending his first eight NFL seasons with the 49ers from 2005-12, Smith was traded to the Chiefs on March 12, 2013. In his five seasons in Kansas City, the Chiefs recorded at least nine wins in every campaign and earned four playoff berths. The Chiefs compiled a 50-26 regular season record in Smith’s starts, and he was one of only three NFL quarterbacks to record at least 50 regular season wins as a starter from 2013-17 (Tom Brady and Russell Wilson).

 

This past season, Smith started all 15 games in which he played and recorded career highs in completions (341), passing yards (4,042), passing touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7) while throwing only five interceptions. He earned his third career Pro Bowl selection and led the Chiefs to their second straight AFC West title. He also received the Chiefs’ Walter Payton Man of the Year honor for his combination of outstanding community service and on-field excellence.

 

Smith played collegiately at Utah, recording a 21-1 record as a starter. During his time with the Utes, he completed 389-of-587 passes (66.3 percent) for 5,208 yards with 47 touchdowns and added 1,072 rushing yards with 15 rushing touchdowns on 286 carries. He earned National Player of the Year honors from Sports Illustratedfollowing his 2004 campaign in which he led Utah to a 12-0 record.

 

Smith, 33, attended Helix H.S. in La Mesa, Calif., where he earned All-CIF, All-Conference and All-County honors. He was born May 7, 1984.

 

 

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Why didn't we make a play for OL Justin Pugh or T Nate Solder , or DB Tyrann Mathieu , or C Ryan Jensen, or DL Richardson ... Dontari Poe ....Suh, or CB Kyle Fuller...or any of the pro-bowl players.  We picked up WR Paul Richardson and paid big money to someone who wasn't a starter and his career high was 730 yards...even Richardson stated that he was shocked with the Redskins offer, but we didn't even look at Jordy Nelson. Why do we always get the lower rung quality players without even interviewing the pro bowlers. We should have tons of cap space considering the lack of pro bowl players on our roster (2-3) unless some idiot is overpaying average and below average talent....Wonder who that could be?   Thank Goodness we re-signed Brown....he was leading the NFL in tackles before his injury with 3 games left and this is what you get for signing previous pro bowl talent.   We have to add Spencer Long also to the list of players lost even with our lack of OL depth. This team has too many holes to sit and watch other teams sign the all the decent players and we can't rebuild this years draft with just 7 picks that includes 2 7th rd and no 3rd round.  We needed Fuller who Allen gave away with our 3rd. round pick to a team that was getting rid of Smith anyway.  Intelligent panic move due to blowing off Cousins long term for cheap money, 2 years ago.  Mistakes lead to more mistakes compounded by someone who should have been fired years ago.

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Yeah, put a second punter on the roster as our punter gets too tired from all the kicking during our games.  I realize he won't be on the final roster but how about looking at the quality FA's on the market, or keeping at least some of our starters.  Remember all the injuries we had to our OL last year?....and now 2 failed physicals this free agency period and both were Redskins.....Great strength and conditioning job by our staff.  Seems we always are in the top 5-10 for injuries year after year.   Snyder please sell the team so that you and Allen can take an extended vacation.  You have ruined a great franchise and made it a laughing stock for front office management over the last 2 decades.

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Now that T Solder from Patriots signed with the Giants, their other T Fleming is visiting the Cowboys....What is up with our OL that we can't get visits Washington?  Our OL was eat up with injuries...how about some depth?   Take off your blinders Allen!!!  And how about Pouncey to replace Spencer Long!  Whats going on and stop sleeping!

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For Immediate Release                                                                                  

March 19, 2018

 

REDSKINS SIGN CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Scandrick (5-10, 196) is a 10-year NFL veteran who had spent his entire career to date with the Dallas Cowboys since being selected in the fifth round (No. 143 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 125 career regular season games with 69 starts, compiling 391 tackles (347 solo), 63 passes defensed, 11.5 sacks, eight interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown), eight forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

 

Last season, Scandrick started all 11 games in which he played for Dallas, posting 40 tackles (32 solo) and three passes defensed. With exception of 2015 in which he missed the full season while rehabbing from a knee injury, Scandrick has played in at least 11 games in every year of his NFL career.

 

Scandrick played collegiately at Boise State, where he started 38 of the 39 games in which he played and recorded 152 career tackles, 3.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

 

Scandrick, 31, attended Los Alamitos (Calif.) H.S., where he was a first-team All-Sunset League selection. He was born Feb. 10, 1987.

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With the 53rd pick in Rd 2,  Allen chose Cravens... and for that we get to move up 4 picks Rd 4 (109) and lose pick (113),up 7 picks Rd 5(142) and lose pick (149) and  get a 163rd Rd 5 pick...all for a 2nd rounder #53 that should be a starter.   Nice job doing your homework Allen...as Cravens did the same bull in college at USC.  What a waste of a 2nd rd. pick and what a waste of a team President.   Take a hike Allen as you have botched too many signings and non-signings and can't figure how to build a team.  Go to school with the Rams and Eagles and see how its done.

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Another reason Allen should be fired...here are some stats from our draft picks as noted on ESPN website:   " the result is that the Redskins now have only one player left from their eight-member class of 2014, and just six out of 17 players combined from the 2015-16 draft classes (run by former general manager Scot McCloughan). All 10 members of last year's class remain. They have four players remaining from the 2010-13 classes."

This is no way to build a team through the drafts with Allen.

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