The Washington Redskins are a relatively modest $1.85 million under the salary cap with all of their players now counting against it, according to a person with knowledge of cap records.
That figure includes the salary cap space that the team created by renegotiating the contracts of defensive linemen Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker. Those three contract reworkings carved out about $3.7 million in cap room for the Redskins.
NFL teams this week had to begin counting all of their players against the salary cap after counting only the top 51 players per club during the offseason, under cap rules.
The Redskins are in the second season of dealing with the two-year, $36 million salary cap reduction imposed on them last year by the league, with the consent of the NFL Players Association. The league found that the Redskins technically violated no salary cap rules but gained an unfair competitive advantage by the manner in which they structured players’ contracts during the sport’s uncapped year 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. Coach Mike Shanahan said this week that the losses of several players to injuries and suspensions played a role in necessitating the restructurings.
Cofield, Bowen and Carriker confirmed this week that they’d agreed to rework their contracts after being asked by the team to do so. Cofield’s contract restructuring saved the Redskins approximately $2.4 million in salary cap space this season. The reworking of Bowen’s deal created about $1.02 million in cap room, and Carriker’s saved the team $300,000 in cap space.