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WP: Amid Labor Deal Uncertainty, Redskins Face Payroll Cuts


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The Washington Redskins have less than a week to trim about $20 million from the payroll to come in under the 2006 salary cap, a task made more difficult by the uncertainty over the future of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players' union.

Without an extension to the agreement, the Redskins face several complicated contract renegotiations to comply with the salary cap by next Friday, the official start of the free agency signing period.

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Smith noted that every NFL team is facing the same issues as the Redskins because of the league's labor uncertainty. Washington's problems are magnified, however, because of how much it is over the salary cap and the way it has structured contracts in recent years. "Right now, the [lack of a] CBA [extension] is whipping their backside," said one agent who has held several discussions with Redskins director of football administration Eric Schaffer.

The Redskins are expected to release defensive backs Matt Bowen and Walt Harris, tackle Brandon Noble and center Cory Raymer, which would create about $7 million in cap space. They also are expected to trade Ramsey (for draft picks) and cut place kicker John Hall, which would free up $3.2 million more. Defensive end Renaldo Wynn and wide receivers James Thrash and Taylor Jacobs could be sacrificed as well.

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