The Redskins twice made minor news late last week. I posted some details on Twitter, but I’ll elaborate here.
Item No. 1: The three years remaining on right tackle Jammal Brown’s contract voided on Friday, according to two sources with knowledge of the contract. He is expected to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. on March 12.
That’s important because Brown’s remaining $3.3 million in bonus money is now expected to accelerate to count as dead money against the Redskins’ penalty-reduced 2013 salary cap, according to a source. If the Redskins had released Brown after June 1, only $1.1 million would have counted in 2013 and the other $2.2 million would have counted in 2014.
One source doubted Brown would be eligible to be designated a post-June 1 cut because now he technically has no contract for 2013.
So although Brown’s voided contract will save the Redskins $1.3 million in salary cap space in 2013, it would have saved them $3.5 million if they released Brown after June 1.
Several other outlets reported the void clause in Brown’s contract resulted from a renegotiation of the 5-year, $27.5 million deal he signed in July 2011. Why the Redskins would agree to include that clause, knowing their 2013 cap has been penalized $18 million, is unknown to me.
Brown, who turns 32 on March 30, did not play last season because of a left hip injury that has plagued him since 2009. He played only 12 games in 2011, meaning he has made almost $1 million per game played since re-signing with the team in 2011.
Also worth noting: There’s a chance Brown’s contract could carry over to 2013 because of his injury, one source said, but I’m unsure about the likelihood of that. We’ll have to wait and see.
Item No. 2: Phillip Daniels, the Redskins director of player development last season, is no longer with the team, according to a source who requested anonymity because the Redskins did not announce the change.
Daniels had expressed interest in getting into coaching, and it became apparent that opportunity was not going to arise with the Redskins. You’ll also recall Daniels recently was quoted in a news story about the NFL’s investigation of a fraudulent Twitter account that was interacting with players.