Redskins must spend cap money or picks to get their QB

Redskins must spend cap money or picks to get their QB
January 24, 2012, 12:05 pm
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Most of Redskins Nation is divided into two camps when it comes to solving the quarterback situation. One wants to move up in the draft to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin. The other one wants to save the draft picks and sign Green Bay backup Matt Flynn, who appears to be starting QB material.The pro-Flynn camp, however, should realize that there is no such thing as a free lunch.Yes, if the Redskins sign Flynn they would probably have an extra first round pick or two. But the draft picks would come at a cost.There will be competition for Flynns services and the cost of his contract will go into eight figures annually. The last coveted backup quarterback to hit the market was the Patriots Matt Cassel. In 2009 the Chiefs signed him to a contract that was just north of 10 million per year (6 years, 63 million).Flynn will almost certainly get more than that. With new TV contracts coming that will drastically increase player salaries, Flynns agent certainly will ask for a cut of that. Without the big revenue increases we would expect that Flynns deal would be worth about 20 percent more than Cassels deal, or about 12 million per year. The TV deals could drive it up to the 14 million-15 million range.Lets work with a conservative number of 13 million. That is not an unreasonable deal for a quality starting NFL quarterback. But it is a lot more than the Redskins would have to pay Robert Griffin.Last year, quarterback Cam Newton was the first pick of the draft and he got a four-year contract worth about 22 million. Given annual contract inflation, that is about what Griffin should expect to get if he is the second pick in the draft.If you do the math, you can see that Griffin would cost about 8 million less per year than would Flynn. Yes, the Redskins would be minus a couple of high draft picks that they would have to spend to move up. But they would have an extra 8 million per year to spend on free agents or to retain their own players. That certainly could balance out some of the sting of the loss of the draft picks.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.