The moniker has become an epithet in Redskins nation.
Well… it is truly an ill wind that blows no good. It’s slowly looking more and more like Shanahan and Company have found the silver lining.
The Redskins appear on the verge of surviving the obscene penalties suffered for violating the cap in an uncapped year, with the team pretty much intact. The only significant loss was the OMG, who will certainly be missed, but mostly because he was simply a great story, and super reliable on the field. 36 Million was the toll for crossing Mara, and refusing to collude. 18 Mil last year… 18 Mil this year… but, despite Mara’s worst… the team will survive, yielding an incredibly disciplined fiscal machine that may be as much as 42 Million UNDER the cap next year according to some media capologists (based on a cap of around 132 mil, and about 80 million currently committed in 2014). Yes, you read right.
Now, that is the most optimistic estimate that I have seen, and this cap stuff is NEVER as simple as it appears, but our own THN Capologist, 1niksder has offered an estimate of about 32 million… Keep in mind that there are rumors that even some big guns in sports media consult his numbers before they hit the air/press… so, I’m going with that… and hoping he’s low (sorry, 1niks…)
That means that our legitimate contender will very likely enter the off season next year with a TON of cash to spend in FA, and a history of being willing to spend it. Now, prudence dictates some caution, and, of course, we are going to have a few contract decisions to make (Orakpo, Riley, Sleepy Davis), but I’m betting that Mara is looking at this, and popping Omeprazole like candy. Maybe we should consider thanking him…
Talk about revenge? How SWEET would that be?