Redskins restructure contracts of Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker [udpated]

Stephen Bowen and his fellow defensive linemen have helped limit opponents to 92 rushing yards a game -- ninth-best in the NFL. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Defensive end Stephen Bowen has agreed to a reworked contract with the Redskins, saving the team about $1.02 million in salary cap space (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins have reworked the contracts of defensive ends Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker to clear an estimated $1.3 million in salary cap space, according to a person familiar with cap records.

Bowen and Carriker join defensive tackle Barry Cofield in agreeing to contract restructurings in recent days to save the team cap space. Cofield’s reworked deal created about $2.4 million in salary cap room.

NFL teams this week must begin counting all their players against the salary cap after being required by cap rules to count only the top 51 players during the offseason. Salary cap space remains tight for the Redskins, who are in the second year of the league’s two-year, $36 million salary cap reduction imposed on them last year by the NFL, with the consent of the players’ union, for the manner in which the team structured players’ contracts during the sport’s season without a salary cap in 2010.

General Manager Bruce Allen said in training camp that the Redskins would have to rework some players’ contracts to remain under the cap for the regular season.

According to the person with knowledge of cap records, Bowen’s restructured contract saves the Redskins approximately $1.02 million in salary cap room. The person said the exact amount of cap space saved by Carriker’s reworked deal was not immediately clear but it appears to be about $300,000.

Carriker is on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing a third surgery for the torn quadriceps tendon he suffered last season. Carriker was placed on the injured reserve list last season after the Redskins’ second game and has not played since.

Update, 12:37 p.m.

Bowen confirmed his contract restructuring.

“They just approached me and Barry about it,” Bowen said. “They said they wanted to free up some money, some cap space. They were against the wall on the cap. So I mean, really, whatever we can do to help.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III address reporters afterward on Wednesday

● The NFL season kicks off with Baltimore in Denver on Thursday night.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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Mike Jones · September 4, 2013