Tight salary cap situation still affecting Redskins
The penalty was levied last year when investigations by NFL revealed that the team had no official salary cap for the year 2010 and was signing players in defiance to it. Even though the Redskins were found not guilty legally, such tactics are relied on by teams to outclass others by signing players with huge salaries and so the fine was implemented. The Redskins admitted no wrongdoing and challenged the verdict but their cases were waived off.
This salary cap reduction has forced the team to restructure contracts of Barry Cofield, Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen to fit the signings under the budget. Cofield saved the cap $2.4 million, Bowen saved $ 1.02 million and Carriker saved approximately the team $300,000. Carriker remains on the PUP list due to last season injury resulting in torn quadriceps and has had a third surgery to repair them.
Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen reported that it became necessary to redraft the contracts of some players so that they would adhere to the salary cap. He also commented that the salary cap would not only affect the performance for the fine duration but a few years after as well. “It’s just not those two years because the repercussions of it down the road” Allen said.
The redrafting done on the contracts of defensive linemen will ensure that the salary cap is not breached for the time being. Total contract redrafting was not implemented offseason. The players were persuaded into accepting pay cuts or by adding additional perks in place of salary slashed, although this can lead into problematic situations in the future.