In the past, the Redskins have worked very hard and have spent a lot of Dan Snyders money in order to create salary cap space. This year, they will be able to create over 13 million in cap space with the stroke of a pen.
One of the new stipulations in the new CBA that came out of last years labor turmoil is that teams can carry unused salary cap dollars from one season to the next. There always has been back door ways of doing this such as putting clauses for unreachable incentives into players contracts.
The process is much simpler now. All that has to happen is for Snyder to submit written notice to the league that the Redskins would like to shift their 13.6 million in unused 2011 cap dollars to their 2012 cap figure.
The letter must be received by the league by two weeks before the March 13 start of free agency. Although carrying over the cap room is optional, there is no downside to doing it. It seems certain that the NFL office will be getting a letter from Ashburn in the mail sometime in the next couple of weeks.
If the Redskins do carry over their cap room they will be about 39 million under the cap going into free agency.