The Washington Times - April 26, 2013, 12:52PM

Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson took a pay cut this week that saves the team $2 million against the 2013 salary cap, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The club now has $2.03 million in cap space.

The move is not surprising because Wilson’s old $5.3 million cap number in 2013 included a $3.9 million base salary. That proved to be well over market value for cornerbacks during the free agency period.


For example, the Redskins re-signed top cornerback DeAngelo Hall to an incentive-laden 1-year deal that included a non-guaranteed base salary of only $1 million and a guaranteed $250,000 signing bonus. That was after they released him to avoid having his scheduled $8 million base salary count against the salary cap.

Wilson’s contract was not extended, and it will expire after the 2013 season. It includes a base salary of $2 million.

Washington hosted free agent cornerback Quentin Jammer on a visit last week. It is unclear whether that affected Wilson’s decision to accept a smaller salary.

Wilson is the latest Redskins player to take a pay cut in light of the team’s $18 million salary cap penalty. Safety Brandon Meriweather, receiver Santana Moss and defensive end Adam Carriker did last month. The team has pursued pay cuts with players instead of restructuring contracts and moving money to future seasons.

Zac Boyer of The Free Lance-Star first reported the news.