Where the Redskins spend on players

Duke Ihenacho tackles Roy Helu Jr. in Sunday's game. (Chris Humphries/USA Today Sports)

Roy Helu Jr., right, is the team’s highest-paid running back. (Chris Humphries/USA Today Sports)

Here’s The Insider’s sampling of what folks outside The Post are writing about the team:

●  Less than 45 percent of the Redskins’ spending last season was dedicated to the defense. With so many players on that side of the ball set to become free agents, only $33 million of the $87 million already dedicated to next season’s salaries is being spent on defense. ESPN’s John Keim gives a detailed, position-by-position breakdown of who’s under contract.

●  There’s been a fair share of talk about the Redskins trading back from the No. 34 pick in the draft, but CSN’s Rich Tandler makes the case for them trading up, into the first round.

●  Mark Tyler at Hogs Haven provides a list of Redskins he can live without this season. Most won’t surprise you, but one might.

● Also from Keim, the keys to Robert Griffin III’s rebound, and likewise, the Redskins’ chances in 2014.

● Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar and Chris Burke rank the 32 teams and their offseason situations, best to worst. Washington is middle of the pack.

●  You might be over the Michael Sam story by now, but it’s produced no shortage of really good writing (as evidenced by Cyd Zeigler in the behind-the-scenes account of how Sam orchestrated his announcement, and Kate Fagan on Sam choosing truth from the start). The New York Times dug into Sam’s heartbreaking background, including his father’s reaction to the news:

But he expressed discomfort at the very idea of a gay N.F.L. player, even if the player was his son. He grumbled that Deacon Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end renowned for his toughness, “is turning over in his grave.”

Michael Sam had anticipated his family’s uneasiness. In an interview Sunday in North Hollywood, Calif., he spoke about his tough upbringing, which he said was more challenging than the decision to come out publicly.

“I’m closer to my friends than I am to my family,” Sam said.

● Via CBS DC, Zeigler also told 106.7 The Fan that the Redskins are one of three teams he hopes Sam does not end up with, because of a lack of leadership.

●  Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com takes some questions on how the Browns will fare with former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Coverage from The Post:

Should Redskins re-sign Josh Wilson? | WR Josh Morgan? | Other offseason questions

D.C. Sports Bog: Cousins says not much difference in 3-13 and 13-3 | More Bog

The Early Lead: Incognito Twitter rants on Martin | More Early Lead

Outsider: Free agent DL: Big name, value and sleeper Redskins could pursue

Mailbag: On Williams, Sam, Cousins and K. Shanahan

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