Yesterday, I took a look at the best contracts the Redskins have in place for the 2013 season. While there are fewer overpaid players on the 2013 roster compared to past years, there are still a number of Redskins who are not producing at a level comparable to their contracts. Some bad contracts have already been restructured by the front office, as players like Santana Moss, Adam Carricker, DeAngelo Hall were forced to take less money to stay with the Redskins this season. However, these five contracts will ensure that Washington remains right up against the cap until Week 1.
2013 cap hits provided by SpoTrac
5) Stephen Bowen ($5,500,000): Bowen started all seventeen games for the Redskins last season at defensive end. He’s a solid player and well liked in the locker room. However, his current salary makes him the fifth highest paid player on the team this year. $5.5 million is a lot of money for a defensive end who only recorded twelve solo tackles and one sack during the 2012 season. His contract continues to get more expensive, as Bowen is owed $6 million next year and $7 million in 2015.
4) Chris Chester ($4,300,000): As a lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, Chester struggled to keep his starting job. The right guard has found new life in Washington, playing a significant role in transforming the Redskins’ offensive attack into one of the most potent in the league. Still, at $4.3 million dollars, Chester is the second highest paid member of the O-line (behind Trent Williams). When you consider that Tyler Polumbus will make less than a million dollars working next to him this season, Chester’s number seems high.
3) Barry Cofield ($6,300,000): Cofield represents the third highest salary cap hit for the 2013 Redskins. The anchor of the defensive line had 36 combined tackles and 2.5 sacks in his second year in burgundy and gold. However, Washington’s biggest problem last season was in pass coverage, an issue exacerbated by the lack of a consistent pass rush. As nose tackles go, Cofield does not generate much push along the line and is not someone who demands a double team. He’s someone you want on your team, but you just wish he didn’t cost so much.
2) Santana Moss ($4,167,000): Despite restructuring his contract to save the team $2 million, Moss is still one of the most overpaid players on the roster. At age 33, Moss’ best days are certainly behind him. He has seen his role shift from top receiver to working primarily from the slot. Moss was only targeted 61 times last season, his lowest total during his tenure in Washington. His eight touchdowns last season proved he still had something left in the tank, but as his target totals drop, so will his scoring opportunities.
1) Josh Morgan ($5,100,000): Morgan is by far the most overpaid player on the roster, and not just because he was flagged for one of the dumbest penalties in NFL history. The former Hokie grabbed 48 balls last season with only two touchdowns. Moss scored six more times than Morgan with fewer targets from the quarterback. Statistically, that is still one of his best seasons to date. Morgan is entering a contract year, meaning that the Redskins might have the opportunity to structure his deal (or cut ties completely) if extra cap room is needed. With Pierre Garcon as the top target, Morgan is a vastly overvalued number two.