Because of the $36 million in cap penalties over the past two seasons, the Washington Redskins have not been able to make the splash in free agency like they typically have. And frankly that’s probably a good thing, because the Redskins have been burned by relying too much on free agent spending, like with the Albert Haynesworth debacle.
However, by not being able to spend much at all, the Redskins have been forced to rely on players that they probably might have moved on from, if they’d had the cap space to bring in better talent. I think this is costing the Redskins now, particularly on defense and key areas on offense, where the Redskins have some glaring weaknesses.
Depth at wide receiver has hurt the Redskins on offense, and also the interior offensive line is having issues protecting franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. On defense, there are few options behind starters London Fletcher and Perry Riley at ILB. Both are solid players, but against today’s NFL offenses, solid isn’t good enough.
The Redskins defensive line and safety positions could have also used more talent infused into those units. But the cap penalties have hamstrung the Redskins into maintaining the status quo while other teams in the NFC have upgraded. I didn’t agree with the cap penalties against the Redskins when they came down, as I felt the NFL was guilty of collusion in the uncapped year of 2010.
But the Washington Redskins took a chance and broke ranks with the league’s collusion, and took advantage of the uncapped year. And they are still paying the price for that move, because now they could sorely use the extra talent and depth that the cap space would have provided to make another run at the playoffs.