ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim is reporting that the Washington Redskins have renegotiated the contract of defensive end Stephen Bowen. The terms of the new deal are not known at this time. However, Bowen’s previous deal would have seen him count $7.02 million against the salary cap and Redskins GM Bruce Allen has commented recently about finding more cap space.
Bowen is still not cleared to practice with the team as he continues to try to come back from microfracture surgery on his right knee last season. And with the Redskins slated to start free agent signee Jason Hatcher at one defensive end spot and the surging Chris Baker at the other one, Bowen’s salary was obviously too much for a backup to command.
the #Redskins have renegotiated the deal for DE Stephen Bowen, according to a source.
— John Keim (@john_keim) August 15, 2014
When Bowen first signed with the Redskins as a free agent in 2011 he registered 41 tackles and 6 sacks that season. But Bowen’s production has dropped off since then as he has only collected 1 sack total over the past two seasons. However, at a lower salary Bowen could prove to be a solid reserve on the line and an option to start if injuries occurred.