A Redskins source just told me that the club has chopped about $5 million off its salary cap by restructuring the contracts of offensive tackle Chris Samuels and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin. Samuels (9.378 million before the change) was first on Washington’s 2009 payroll and Griffin ($6.166 million before) was second. So now the former Alabama teammates have dropped from about $15.5 million between them to about $10 million.
If the Redskins are done reworking contracts less than 36 hours before the start of the free agent signing period, they have about $6 million in cap room which isn’t enough to land Tennessee All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the hot rumor du jour about Dan Snyder’s wallet. There’s also the matter of paying the 13th pick in April’s draft as well making such other moves as re-signing guard Pete Kendall.