Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 30, 26 days before the NFL draft.
Redskins off of the QB carousel
The quarterback wheel kept spinning yesterday:
—Tony Romo, who threw away his team’s chances to take the NFC East title last December at FedEx Field, is about to become the highest-paid player in Cowboys history. His six-year deal averaging $18 million per season with $55 million guaranteed, per initial reports.
—Matt Flynn, who was on the free agent market a year ago, is getting traded from the Seahawks to the Raiders. Flynn, who has one career start, has a base salary of $5.25 million.
—Flynn will replace Carson Palmer, who refused to take a pay cut from the $13 million he is slated to make this year in Oakland. That’s his right but the Raiders also have the right to cut him, which they probably will do soon.
Meanwhile, the Redskins have Robert Griffin III locked up for the next three years at salaries of $1.3 million, $2.3 million and $3.3 million. They have a window of opportunity to either add talent or lock up the players they want to keep as Griffin works for a salary less than that of other veteran quarterbacks. The salary cap penalty, of course, hurt their ability to do so this year but you can bet that Bruce Allen and cap guru Eric Schaffer are crunching numbers a few years into the future to figure out how to get some extensions done while saving
The Redskins’ proverbial window will be at least partially open as long as Griffin is behind center. But there is a chance for it to be open wide in 2014 and 2015 when the Redskins’ salary cap penalty is gone and the team is getting superior quarterback play for a bargain basement price.
Davis: “I can do a lot more here”
In case you missed it
- Redskins avert cap-tastrophe
- Redskins’ offense returns intact
- Point-Counterpoint: Can the Redskins defend the NFC East?
- Fred Davis is back
Days until: NFL draft 27; Rookie minicamp 34; Training camp 117
Tandler on Twitter
This response is in reference to this tweet by a certain former Redskins quarterback.
First time I've heard Donovan McNabb express an opinion on anything besides the Shanahans' supposed inability to coach #RG3 a year ago— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) March 29, 2013