The Redskins have $1.4 million of salary cap space, two sources with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
Washington’s total results from the team’s roster moves last week. Receivers Donte Stallworth and Devery Henderson each signed one-year deals with base salaries of $840,000, the minimum for veterans with between seven and nine credited seasons. However, they each count only $555,000 against the Redskins’ cap because they and their contracts qualify for the veteran minimum salary benefit.
Only teams’ most expensive 51 contracts count against the salary cap during the offseason.
Washington, despite this year’s $18 million cap penalty imposed by the NFL and agreed upon by the NFL Players’ Association, still has enough cap space to sign a player or two.
The Redskins are not likely, though, to sign a player they expect to play significant time, barring injuries. Coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen tried to establish continuity among the first string in light of the cap penalty. Also, the Redskins have had months to sign almost all of the remaining free agents.
If players’ salary demands decrease as training camp approaches, perhaps we’ll see some movement throughout the league. The same applies if teams’ demand increases due to training camp injuries.
If you’re interested in a list of the best remaining free agents, check out ProFootballTalk’s all-unemployed team. Personally, I’m most interested to see where former Houston and Kansas City right tackle Eric Winston lands.