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Redskins taking the lead in free-agent game

BY DON PIERSON

CHICAGO - Leave it to the Washington Redskins to flaunt convention, manipulate the salary cap and once again go all-out to win the off-season.

It is the best time of year for owner Daniel Snyder to remind his colleagues that his Redskins are the NFL's No. 1 cash cow, the team with the league's biggest stadium and most revenues, ranked No. 1 on the Forbes list of most valuable franchises.

By trading for San Francisco receiver Brandon Lloyd and signing free-agent receiver Antwaan Randle El, safety Adam Archuleta, linebacker Andre Carter, tight end Christian Fauria and backup quarterback Todd Collins in the first three days of the free agent period, the Redskins quickly showed why Snyder was so happy to get a collective bargaining extension.

Archuleta, a better than average player with a bad back, became the richest safety in NFL history with $10 million in guaranteed money.

A little more than a week ago, the Redskins were so far over the projected salary cap of $94.5 million that there was speculation they would have to trade away all their draft choices because they wouldn't have any room to sign them.

There was even speculation the Redskins wouldn't be able to get under the salary cap at all and just might pay whatever fine the NFL would impose for non-compliance. They obviously can afford the money.

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Two years ago, Snyder shocked the league when he talked Gibbs out of retirement, traded cornerback Champ Bailey for running back Clinton Portis and signed quarterback Mark Brunell, defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, cornerback Shawn Springs and linebacker Marcus Washington among others. They finished 6-10.

How about when those players we're vital to our team finishing 10-6 this year. :doh:

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isn't it funny how if a Jack Del Rio takes the Jaguars from 3-13 to 6-10 the NFL media talks about it as the start of a turnaround and Del Rio as something special but if Gibbs comes in and takes a 5-11 team he inherits to 10-6 and a second round playoff appearance in his second year, it is merely a ho-hum performance?

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Guys really this shouldn't come as any surprise the Skins will always have haters let them hate. They are not on there on the field they have no idea what they are talking about they just spewing garbage. Once again this team will prove every one wrong.

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The practice called "cash over cap" is at the heart of the debate between high-revenue and lower-revenue teams. As part of the new CBA, a mechanism to control such "extra" bonus spending eventually is supposed to reduce the salary cap number for individual teams that exceed a certain amount of "cash over cap" spending.

My understanding is that this was a league triggered mechanism. The whole article is a little week :rolleyes:

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i just don't get it.. WE HAD NEEDS AND WE FILLED OUT NEEDS...

what is the problem with that?

Spent more mone than some would think the Skins should have I guess. Have to figure, since, well, it was reported, that other teams would be interested in these players. Competition. Drives the price up a little. Skins paid it and got what they wanted and needed.

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It'd be nice if these guys actually knew wtf they were talking about. First, the idea of individually penalizing teams for cash over cap DID NOT end up in the final CBA. If the NFL collectively spends 2% cash over cap, then the entire cap for every team will be affected. Good thing this guy does research. Also, how come those free agents that helped us go 10-6 and win a playoff game this year weren't a factor? They're only a factor when we lose because this guy is trying to dis Synder's way of doing business?

The sad part is, when we do win a SB, these *******s are going to try and blow it off saying it's not legitimate because Synder "bought" it. This despite the act they've been saying for years that Synder's an idiot and you can't win that way.

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