Now that the Redskins’ new coaching staff has been filled out, General Manager Bruce Allen and the personnel dept. will begin the equally critical task of retooling the roster.
Allen estimates that the team will add “20 new players” in addition to re-signing their own free agents in the coming months.
The process will be aided by the fact that the league’s two-year, $36 million salary cap penalty has expired.
“It will be a little bit different” having cap space, Allen told Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez in an exclusive sit down interview. “But we want to first look at our players, make sure that we retain the ones we feel can help us win in the future. And then, with the left over money that’s available, we will fish around in free agency.”
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The Redskins have more than 20 players – starters, backups as well as some who finished the 2013 campaign on injured reserve – scheduled to become free agents, though not all of them will be re-signed. Among the key contributors from last season are Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, Brandon Meriweather, DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Chris Baker, Rob Jackson and Santana Moss, to name a few.
Some estimates put the Redskins more than $28 million under the salary cap ceiling.
“It’s [comforting] to know we have [cap] room,” Allen continued. “But we also have a lot of spots on this football team that need improving. I wish we were deeper in personnel than we are right now.”
Allen declined to specify which positions he’ll target in free agency and the draft, where the Redskins hold picks in rounds 2-7. But he did hint that roster turnover figures to be significant, unlike last offseason when management elected to retain 21 of 22 starters from the 2012 lineup.
“That’s our job right now,” Allen said. “We’re going to have to get about 20 new players for this football team.”