What’s going on with allen, McCoy, and their future?
The Washington Redskins have made a big deal about quarterback Kirk Cousins, but that’s not the case with the team’s top two tight ends.
All three are entering the final year of their contracts, and while that’s a big drop off from previous years, the trio still has plenty of guaranteed money.
That’s in addition to the $13 million in dead money the Redskins will owe their first-round draft pick next season if they pick up their option.
According to Spotrac.com, the two most significant free-agent signings of the offseason were tight end Kyle Rudolph, who signed with the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and guard Joe Barksdale, who agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.
All told, the Redskins have four tight ends signed through the 2017 season, including three of the three on the roster that made the team.
One of those players is fellow tight end Ryan Griffin, who will hit free agency on July 1.
The other is wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who the Rams will cut after this season.
Jackson is the fourth tight end to leave the team in less than two weeks.
That includes quarterback Garrett Grayson, who was released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday.
The former No. 2 overall pick, who led the Rams in receiving yards in 2016 and led the league in receptions (6,637), catches per game (9.9) and receiving touchdowns (eight) last season, was also released by Houston on Tuesday, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
In addition to Griffin and Jackson, wide receiver John Brown, tight end Jared Cook and tight end Garrett Celek are also set to hit the open market.
Griffin, Cook and Celek all signed with free agency.
In total, the three players are set to leave Washington after the season.
The Redskins will have $15.9 million in salary cap space to spend in the next three months, per Spotrac, but they’ll be able to do so without a contract extension or a player to go along with it.
Griffin’s extension, which includes $17 million guaranteed, will expire at the end of the 2018 season.
If the Redskins can extend Griffin, they’ll have $21.5 million in cap space and $4.5 m in cap room for next season.
That means they have $27.8 million in projected cap space, according to Spotrad.com.
That number will be much lower than the Redskins’ cap space needs this offseason, but it will allow them to sign veteran free agents, sign a veteran to a long-term deal and potentially get a veteran in return for a draft pick.
That said, the team will still need to find a longterm solution for Griffin, since he’s a veteran, and there are only so many quarterbacks Washington can find.
As such, the only options the Redskins might have are to cut Griffin and/or sign another veteran tight end.
However, there are two other possibilities: One, the Washington front office might be willing to let Griffin leave and use that cap space for another tight end, such as former Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten.
Witten is scheduled to hit free agent in 2019.
The second option is for Washington to let the team tag another veteran with a similar contract, such to the ones that were used to sign former Chargers wide receiver Antonio Gates, according in Spotrac’s latest mock draft.
Washington will also be able sign veteran tight ends with long-time contracts.
One such player would be former Bengals tight end John Carlson, who turns 34 on April 10.
Carlson has been a reliable player for Cincinnati for the past four seasons, and his contract includes $12.25 million in guaranteed money and $12 million in base salary.
Carlson’s deal also includes $5 million per year in performance-based incentives.
If Washington were to sign Carlson to a one-year deal, that would mean the Redskins would be able make $12 m in guarantees and $7.5 mil per year.
That would be roughly $12M in guarantees per season for a player who is 32 years old.
Carlson will also have $7 million in performance bonuses for his time in Cincinnati.
The biggest question mark for Washington’s tight ends is their cap situation.
With Griffin’s deal ending at the conclusion of next season, the club has the flexibility to sign two tight end contracts worth $10 million or more, per Rapoports.
That leaves Washington with just one spot to fill on its 53-man roster.
The team has one roster spot open, which could be filled by either tight end Jermaine Gresham, who is a free agent after this year, or a veteran such as Tyler Polumbus, who could become the team’ third-string tight end if Garcon falls out of the picture.
That still leaves the team with just four spots to fill.
That opens up a spot for a free-agency signing such as rookie Austin Hooper.