I’ll cut right to the moral of this post before it even gets started: The Redskins are going to have a very exciting offseason. There are so many possibilities and so many outcomes that I figured it might be fun to play Bruce Allen for a day.
I’m dating myself a bit here, but when I was a kid, Wheel of Fortune was a lot different than it is today. After each puzzle was solved, you didn’t simply get whatever money you won in that round – You had to “purchase” various prizes in the showroom, which, by the way, were massively overpriced. Here’s a show from 1982. Go to the 8:15 mark:
Family Guy parodied it.
Anyway, in case you didn’t realize it, the Redskins have a ton of space under their cap, estimated at $45-48 million, so I thought it would be fun to play GM, pretend you just solved a puzzle in old school Wheel of Fortune and get to go shopping for their offseason groceries. Obviously, NFL contracts are more complex than we’re making it here, but just for fun, who would you buy? Note: You don’t have to be a Skins fan to play.
You have $45 million and 3 draft picks (one in each of the first three rounds of course) to work with. (We won’t get too deep here).
The free agents are all priced out individually below, and here are your rookie costs:
If you trade up for RG3, he costs $5.5M.
1st round pick at 6th overall = $4M
Guys that cost a 2nd and 3rd (to get up into the end of the 1st round) = $2.5M
2nd round picks = $1.5M
3rd round picks = $1M
I didn’t get too crazy with the rookies… just a healthy sampling for each position group with some players that would make sense.
Got it? OK, lets see what groceries you buy with your allotment of $45 million and top 3 picks:
QB vets – Peyton Manning $20M, Matt Flynn $10M, Rex Grossman $1.5M, Kyle Orton $6.5M
QB rookies – Robert Griffin III (1st round pick, 2nd round pick, 3rd round pick, 2013 1st round pick, 2013 3rd round pick), Ryan Tannehill (1st round pick), Brandon Weeden (2nd and 3rd round picks to move up into the end of round 1)
RB vets – Tim Hightower $1.5M
RB rookies – Trent Richardson (1st round pick), David Wilson (2nd round pick), Lamar Miller (2nd round pick), Doug Martin (2nd round pick), Chris Polk (3rd round pick), Isaiah Pead (3rd round pick)
WR vets – Vincent Jackson $10M, Reggie Wayne $8M, Marques Colston $8M, Steve Johnson $7M, Brandon Lloyd $6.5M, Robert Meachem $5M, Mario Manningham $5M, Laurent Robinson $4.5M, Mike Wallace $9M (and you have to give up your 1st round pick to get Wallace).
WR rookies – Justin Blackmon (1st round pick), Mohamad Sanu (2nd round pick), Alshon Jeffery (2nd round pick), Reuben Randle (2nd round pick), Stephen Hill (3rd round pick), Nick Toon (3rd round pick)
TE vets – Fred Davis $5.5M
OT rookies – Riley Reiff (1st round pick), Jonathan Martin (1st round pick), Mike Adams (2nd and 3rd round picks to move into end of 1st)
OG vets – Carl Nicks $8.5M, Evan Mathis $5M, Ben Grubbs $5M
OG rookies – David DeCastro (1st round pick), Cordy Glenn (2nd and 3rd), Brandon Washington (2nd round pick), Kelechi Osemele (2nd round pick), Kevin Zeitler (3rd round pick), Amini Silatolu (3rd round pick)
C vets – Chris Myers $6M, Scott Wells $5M
C rookies – Peter Konz (2nd and 3rd round picks), Ben Jones (3rd round pick)
DE vets – Adam Carriker $3.5M, Jason Jones $6M
DE rookies – Jared Crick (2nd round pick), Billy Winn (3rd round pick)
NT vets – Antonio Garay $5M, Sione Pouha $5M
NT rookies – Dontari Poe (2nd and 3rd round picks to get into the end of round 1)
OLB rookies – Andre Branch (2nd round pick), Vinnie Curry (3rd round pick), Chandler Jones (3rd round pick) Cam Johnson (3rd round pick), Jake Bequette (3rd round pick)
ILB vets – London Fletcher $6M, Rocky McIntosh $2M, D’Qwell Jackson $7M, Stephen Tulloch $5M, Dan Connor $3M, David Hawthorne $4M
Update: You can’t take D’Qwell Jackson. He just re-signed with the Browns for $42.5 over 5 years. Looks like I was off on his annual salary by $1.5 mil.
ILB rookies – Dont’a Hightower (2nd and 3rd round picks), Vontaze Burfict (3rd round pick)
CB vets – If you dump DeAngelo Hall, you can add $6M to your $45M total. Brandon Carr $10M, Terrell Thomas $3M, Cortland Finnegan $7M
CB rookies – Morris Claiborne (1st an 3rd round picks), Alfonso Dennard (2nd round pick), Stephon Johnson (2nd round pick), Leonard Johnson (3rd round pick), Chase Minnefeld (3rd round pick), Brandon Boykin (3rd round pick)
S vets – LaRon Landry $6M, Dashon Goldson $5.5, Tyvon Branch $4.5M
S rookies – Mark Barron (2nd and 3rd round picks), Antonio Allen (3rd round pick), Harrison Smith (3rd round pick), George Iloka (3rd round pick)
What’d you come up with?