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http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20060321-114906-1424r.htm

"After all of these calculations and machinations, Washington is at $97.574 million, leaving $4.426 million to spend on adding a starting linebacker to replace Arrington with room for: its six draft choices (a moderately expensive second-rounder and five cheap, low-round picks); the final two roster spots, which count against the cap once the season starts; the eight-man practice squad; and a reserve fund for replacing injured players this fall.

And if the Redskins need more savings, they could wait until June (when only a pro-rated share of signing bonuses counts against the cap for former players) and cut Wynn (saving $1.5 million), oft-injured kicker John Hall ($1.5 million) and receiver Taylor Jacobs ($500,000) and trim another $3.5 million off the cap in order to afford a third cornerback, a reserve offensive lineman or another player let go by another team after June 1.

Note -- Guard/center Jonathan Goodwin, who spent the last four seasons with the Jets, visited the Redskins yesterday. Cornerback Kenny Wright, who has been with Jacksonville, will visit today."

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Dyson would be a better choice if we want to go for a hitter that knows how to get sacks from the CB position. Wright is a Stoutmire type player. Pretty average in coverage and can get you a couple of picks in a good year and maybe a few great plays once in a great while.

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Doesn't sound like we're in "cap hell." Does sound like DS, JG and their team is taking care of "bidness!":notworthy :applause: :cheers:

But if Peter Queen and Pastabelly say we are in cap hell it must be true....

And I am sure if you wait long enough one of them will say that Snyder is on the verge of bankruptcy and JG died last year and has been replaced by a robot run by GW.

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He is a physical player and is at his best as a press corner. Has the upper body strength to out-muscle and re-route receivers yet has the straight line speed to stay with most receivers down the sideline. Has the size and speed to be an effective blitzer off the edge. He is a good kicking game player on cover teams, will throw his body around and plays with reckless abandon. He does not have great awareness and will bite on play action as well as pump fakes at times and will give up some big plays. As much as you like his aggressiveness, he does not always play under control and will miss some tackles.

Scouts Inc. on Kenny Wright

Had 64 tackles and 2 INT in JAX last year, 28 years old...looks like Walt Harris with blitzing ability...6-1, 207 thats a big CB. Maybe looking for him to jam TO off the line???

That last LB spot is totally up in the air right now...but 4.5 mil with another possible 3.5 mil or more (only 3 potential cuts listed) is definately workable.

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But if Peter Queen and Pastabelly say we are in cap hell it must be true....

And I am sure if you wait long enough one of them will say that Snyder is on the verge of bankruptcy and JG died last year and has been replaced by a robot run by GW.

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Guess I should have checked with the Keystone Kops of sportswriting before I posted:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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why did he write this article as if Snyder makes the personal moves on this team?

you'd think as a writer for the Times, he'd atleast understand it's Snyder's money, but Gibbs' moves

But with Redskins owner Dan Snyder eager to sign free agents
With nearly $14 million to spend, Snyder went wild
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He is a physical player and is at his best as a press corner. Has the upper body strength to out-muscle and re-route receivers yet has the straight line speed to stay with most receivers down the sideline. Has the size and speed to be an effective blitzer off the edge. He is a good kicking game player on cover teams, will throw his body around and plays with reckless abandon. He does not have great awareness and will bite on play action as well as pump fakes at times and will give up some big plays. As much as you like his aggressiveness, he does not always play under control and will miss some tackles.

Scouts Inc. on Kenny Wright

Had 64 tackles and 2 INT in JAX last year, 28 years old...looks like Walt Harris with blitzing ability...6-1, 207 thats a big CB. Maybe looking for him to jam TO off the line???

That last LB spot is totally up in the air right now...but 4.5 mil with another possible 3.5 mil or more (only 3 potential cuts listed) is definately workable.

wright sounds like he is more eager than fletcher or dyson.. i do not like the rap of biting but i do like the physical nature. all in all i think that dyson is a beter fit, but it may not make that great a difference.

time to get the last couple of o linemen signed. i would feel better if they got goodwin under contract. love those michigan linemen. we need a back up center for certain.

as for linebacker i am not sure any of the guys is what we should be looking for. afraid it will be another holdman type of player. it would be best if clemons or mccune showed enough to grab the position. might be wishfull thinking for now

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I keep hearing that we are looking at cornerbacks and o-line men. What i am not hearing is us looking at any linebackers. Gibbs said he was looking for a LB for the weakside. I'm starting to believe now that the second rounder will be used to obtain the next LB for the Skins. There could be a trade up if Gibbs and Co. see someone they like. However, w/ their propensity for growing unknown LB's, Gibbs and Co. will probably stay w/ the 2nd rounder and grab a damn good LB to compete w/ Clemons, Campbell, and McCune. I'm hoping we can land D'Qwell Jackson, as I'm sure many of you are. The battles for the WR spots and WLB spot are going to be great in the coming months.

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A week ago Elfin wrote that it was a "mystery" how the Redskins had managed to go out an sign all of these players, insinuating that they had somehow broken the rules. His quote was picked up by national writers who pointed to this local writer as supporting evidence that the Redskins were doing something against the rules.

Kudos to Elfin for apparently going to Schaffer to get the facts this time before writing an article (what a concept!). He still couldn't resist the slam on Snyder, and the misrepresentation that the Redskins didn't have a plan all along and that Schaffer was scrambling to save the day. Schaffer was working hard but the plan was worked out 3 seasons ago when he first came on board.

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Now They Are Being Smart.....Someone Go Punch King/Pasterbelly in the Gut.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/sports/20060321-114906-1424r.htm

Redskins work the numbers

By David Elfin

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

March 22, 2006

The most important Redskins employee of the offseason isn't new acquisitions like Antwaan Randle El or Andre Carter. It's the man who made those signings possible: Eric Schaffer, Washington's director of football administration.

As the Redskins' salary cap specialist, Schaffer is responsible for reworking contracts for holdover players and negotiating deals for free agents that keep Washington below the NFL spending limit.

In February, the Redskins were at $115.4 million in total player costs for 2006, $20.1 million over the projected cap (which would count only the 51 highest-paid players). Safety Matt Bowen, cornerback Walt Harris, defensive tackle Brandon Noble, center Cory Raymer and punter Tom Tupa were cut to save $7.455 million, but that still left Washington $12.645 million over the cap. So Schaffer furiously re-worked contracts with the agents for 12 expensive veterans, converting roster bonuses for 2006 into signing bonus that could be pro-rated for up to four years, and got the Redskins below the limit by the March 3 deadline despite tendering offers to restricted free agents Chris Clemons, Derrick Dockery and Ade Jimoh and re-signing snapper Ethan Albright.

However, those renegotiations were contingent on the NFL and the players association failing to extend the collective bargaining agreement, thus keeping the cap at $94.5 million. When the CBA was extended and the cap rose to $102 million, those reworked contracts were null and void. In the interim, the Redskins had saved $4.28 million when linebacker LaVar Arrington accepted his release in order to test the market now rather than in the summer when a $6.5 million roster bonus would have caused him to be cut when other teams had little money to spend.

On top of the $7.5 million cap increase and the savings from waiving Arrington, incentives for offensive tackle Chris Samuels ($3.5 million), receiver David Patten ($600,000), center Casey Rabach ($1.6 million) and defensive end Renaldo Wynn ($425,000) all came off the cap under the terms of the CBA extension for a whopping savings of $6.125 million.

But with Redskins owner Dan Snyder eager to sign free agents to bolster the receiving corps and the pass rush, Schaffer was back at it with agents again, redoing some contracts a second time. Linebacker Marcus Washington ($2.562 million), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin ($2.327 million), cornerback Shawn Springs ($2.325 million) and running back Clinton Portis ($2.3 million) saved the Redskins a collective $9.514 million with the roster bonus to signing bonus conversion.

With nearly $14 million to spend, Snyder went wild, trading for Brandon Lloyd and signing Randle El, Adam Archuleta, Carter, blocking tight end Christian Fauria and backup quarterback Todd Collins in the first five days of free agency. Those new Redskins cost $8.268 million. Re-signing linebacker Khary Campbell, running back Rock Cartwright and defensive tackle Cedric Killings cost another $1.715 million but trading quarterback Patrick Ramsey to the New York Jets saved $1.194 million.

After all of these calculations and machinations, Washington is at $97.574 million, leaving $4.426 million to spend on adding a starting linebacker to replace Arrington with room for: its six draft choices (a moderately expensive second-rounder and five cheap, low-round picks); the final two roster spots, which count against the cap once the season starts; the eight-man practice squad; and a reserve fund for replacing injured players this fall.

And if the Redskins need more savings, they could wait until June (when only a pro-rated share of signing bonuses counts against the cap for former players) and cut Wynn (saving $1.5 million), oft-injured kicker John Hall ($1.5 million) and receiver Taylor Jacobs ($500,000) and trim another $3.5 million off the cap in order to afford a third cornerback, a reserve offensive lineman or another player let go by another team after June 1.

Note -- Guard/center Jonathan Goodwin, who spent the last four seasons with the Jets, visited the Redskins yesterday. Cornerback Kenny Wright, who has been with Jacksonville, will visit today.

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After reading the full article I agree that he's still trying to perpetuate the image of Dan Snyder wanting to spend money just to spend it.

He's also trying to make it sound as if converting roster bonuses into signing bonuses was something they came up with to deal with their situation, rather than the fact that it was the plan all along.

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A week ago Elfin wrote that it was a "mystery" how the Redskins had managed to go out an sign all of these players, insinuating that they had somehow broken the rules. His quote was picked up by national writers who pointed to this local writer as supporting evidence that the Redskins were doing something against the rules.

Kudos to Elfin for apparently going to Schaffer to get the facts this time before writing an article (what a concept!). He still couldn't resist the slam on Snyder, and the misrepresentation that the Redskins didn't have a plan all along and that Schaffer was scrambling to save the day. Schaffer was working hard but the plan was worked out 3 seasons ago when he first came on board.

The plan that was worked out was to gamble that the CBA would be extended in time or all hell would break loose. The plan worked. The CBA was extended and they were able to go on about their business. They deserve praise for having the guts to take that risk but to pretend that everything would have been peachy keen had their been no extension is ridiculous.

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I am pretty sure the practice squad does not count against the cap. I believe the practice squad player salary is set in the the CBA or by the league.

The practice squad does count against the cap and the 8 players used to eat about .5M of cap space but that was under the old CBA so their pay has likely been raised also.

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Doesn't sound like we're in "cap hell." Does sound like DS, JG and their team is taking care of "bidness!":notworthy :applause: :cheers:

While I believe whole-heartedly in JG and DS, the cap hell we keep hearing about is not going to happen this season or next. You have to understand that the reason we've been able to avoid this is because we restructure contracts...but at some point, people will start saying "no". So hopefully something like that doesn't happen...atleast on JG's watch.

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The plan that was worked out was to gamble that the CBA would be extended in time or all hell would break loose. The plan worked. The CBA was extended and they were able to go on about their business. They deserve praise for having the guts to take that risk but to pretend that everything would have been peachy keen had their been no extension is ridiculous.

Pocono, everything WAS peachy keen BEFORE Arrington was released whether there was a CBA extension or not. That's exactly what you've been told repeatedly here and is reported here, not for the first time. You can continue holding your eyes shut and not seeing, but, we see. You've been wrong for over a year. Say you're sorry.

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