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  • "There are a lot of criticisms of this deal.Some say the Redskins paid too muchThere were three top safeties signed in the first hours of Free Agency last week:All three players were paid virtually the same Average Per Year.The key difference was in the length of the contracts Ross Pierschbacher Jersey , which ranged between three and six years.Landon Collins got the largest contract at $84m, and the longest term at 6 years, but he is the youngest player at 25 years of age.To put his age in context, he is a year younger than Josh Doctson.While the APY for the three players is nearly identical, one key measure of the value of a contract is the percentage of cap space it is expected to use.Starting with the 2019 cap of $188.2m, I inflated that number by 6% annually through 2024 to get the final column in the chart above.Looked at this way, Landon Collins is the cheapest contract of the three at ‘just’ 6.4% of expected cap space, while Honey Badger is the costliest, at an estimated 7% of expected salary cap.From OverTheCapWhen you consider the cap hits from the Rashad Jones 2017 contract, you can see that the cap hits in the Landon Collins contract(which max out at $17.2m in both ‘21 and ‘23) are not really blazing new ground. The Dolphins plowed the furrow two years ago with these cap hit numbers for Jones:2019 $17.16m2020 $15.6m2021 $14.55mI’m not arguing that the Landon Collins contract is cheap, but I am ready to argue that it’s in the range that top-tier safeties are getting in 2019.Two years ago, when Garcon and Jackson left the team, many fans were suggesting that their market values were around $8-9m per season.Each of them signed for over $11m per season.Last year the free agent safety market was sluggish; this season it was brisk. Three players got paid in a season that redefines the top of the safety market.If you’re interested in more discussion of the Landon Collins contract, you may want to click hereWhat did the Redskins get for their money?I’ll let you guys argue over Collins’ coverage skills and relative value.He is certainly a talented player; he is one of the youngest free agents in the market, and if you’re only objection to the deal is, “Why would Dave Gettleman let him go?” then you need some updated material.The Redskins stabilized a roster position that was virtually empty two weeks ago.They’ve gotten a skilled player, a leader, and a guy who should be able to play out at least 5 years of his contract, giving the Redskins ongoing stability for a unit that has seen very little aside from turbulence since the murder of Sean Taylor.The brilliant part here is in the contract construction, which is a work of art.The ‘Skins have added a young Da’Ron Payne Jersey , talented safety at an average of $14m per year in a season where the Alex Smith contract looked like it would cripple their ability to add this kind of long-term talent to the team.Eric Schaffer earned his invitation to the annual Christmas party with his work on this deal.I hear you — fans will be crying the blues about the cap hit when he’s on the books for $17m per year in 2023, but the alternative was to pass on a really good young defensive player with an all-pro and pro-bowl resume who wanted to come and play in Washington.I’m a fan of the way the front office got this done.This guy is a real football player in the early prime of his career, who canprovide the backbone to the defense for half a decade to come.Overall Grade: B+ - the Redskins fixed a lot with this move, but it was expensiveAdrian PetersonPhoto by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesEveryone knows what happened last year.I think Redskins fans almost universally wanted to bring AD back this year; partly as a ‘thank you’ for last season, partly as both mentor to and insurance for Derrius Guice, and partly because we remember the Diesel, John Riggins, and what he did at the same age.The question was always gonna be: How much will it cost?We just found out the answer, and it is: “Not much”.The Twitter numbers are 2 years, $8m, but when we look at the details provided by OverTheCap, it’s a different story:Yes, if Peterson hits all his incentives, he can earn $8m in 2 years — but if he hits all those incentives, Iimagine we’ll all be thrilled to see him get paid.If he plays the two years without hitting his incentives, he will count for $1.78m this season and $3m next year.If he plays just 2019 with the Redskins, then he will make $2.5m for that single season.Overall Grade: A+ - Bringing back Peterson on a contract with this much flexibility is a huge win and should take pressure off of the coaches, training staff, and Derrius Guice, and provide a touch more flexibility in the draft.This was a great re-signing.Ereck FlowersPhoto by Norm Hall/Getty ImagesWow Quinton Dunbar Jersey , I’m conflicted here.Redskins fans, myself included, have been laughing at the Giants for years because they drafted Flowers 9th overall when the Redskins passed on Leonard Williams to take Brandon Scherff at #5.The G-men panicked and overdrafted Flowers because they had to do something about their offensive line.Flowers was so bad that the Giants simply cut him in the middle of the 2018 season.The Jaguars picked him up and he started for them, but — significantly — they didn’t want hm back.The RedskinsReports, primarily from John Keim, have indicated that the Redskins plan to use Flowers at guard, though it’s not yet clear whether he’s expected to start or simply backup.If he’s expected to start at LG, then his $3.2m cap hit seems fine — maybe even a bargain.If he’s expected to be a backup guard (remembering that he’s never played guard before) then he looks expensive.If he’s an all-purpose backup (swing tackle and backup guard) then I would compare him to Ty Nsekhe, who had a $2.9m cap hit last year and say... could be better, could be worse.The big question here isn’t the contract.The question is ability.Flowers has proven he can’t play OT in the NFL; the Redskins need to find out quickly whether he can play Guard.I’m not sure he can.Overall Grade: DThe Redskins have guaranteed $1.5 million to a guy with a low floor, and limited upside (at least in the short term), and done it for no real apparent reason other than a seemingly affordable one-year contract.This looks like a one-year band-aid deal, and with guaranteed money, as a band-aid it looks expensive — more expensive than Orlando Scandrick was last year.This contract also looks like it will cost the Redskins a potential 2020 compensatory draft pick.I don’t think signing Flowers will stop the Redskins from drafting a quality interior lineman in the draft, and I question how much they gained with this decision.If he doesn’t make the opening day 53-man roster, the ‘Skins will have flushed $1.5m of salary cap for a bit of low quality pre-draft OL insurance.Zac KerinPhoto by Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesThis is a RE-signing of an interior lineman whowas one of the many anonymous guys to play some snaps for the Redskins in the second half of last season.The 27-year-old provides depth for this offensive line, something the Redskins desperately need.He played his college football at Toledo, and was selected to the All-MAC team three seasons in a row. He went undrafted in 2014 however, and signed with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason. Kerin served as a backup, and played in just 13 games for Minnesota in two years. He was released by the Vikings prior to the 2017 season.Here’s Kerin’s profile from NFL.com:I actually paid attention to Kerin in the two late-season games he played for Washington last year and was fairly impressed.I had him in mind as a player who should be brought in to compete for a backup G position in training camp this year John Riggins Jersey , and was glad to see the Tweet announcing his signing.At the time of writing, no details for Kerin’s contract have been publicized, but I’d be dead shocked if he was signed on anything other than an absolute vet minimum deal.Overall Grade: C+This is a guy the coaches got a look at last year, so it’s encouraging that they want to bring him back for camp.I doubt he makes the 53, but this is the kind of player that fills out the 90-man preseason roster, has some experience and some potential, and should be given a chance to earn a job.He may be playing in the AAF this time next year, but I think this is an appropriate signing for the Redskins. Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins"Ben Burr-Kirven, LBSchool: Washington | Conference: PAC 12College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?Height / Weight: 6-0 / 230 lbsProjected Draft Status: 2nd RoundNFL Comparison: Anthony HitchensCollege StatisticsPlayer OverviewBen Burr-Kirven was one of the best linebackers in all of college football this year. He was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award which is given to the nations best defensive player. Burr-Kirven led the nation in total tackles and is literally present all over the field. His recruiting story is interesting. He was a 3-star prospect with a 4.0 in Stanford territory (he’s from Atherton, California which is between San Jose and San Francisco). Usually David Shaw and Co would have been all over a player like that. Shaw said he didn’t know whether or not Burr-Kirven was a safety or linebacker. Turns out that hesitation cost Stanford one of the best linebackers in the country as Washington swooped in and secured Burr-Kirven’s commitment. He is a 3-down sideline to sideline linebacker than can do just about anything you ask of him on the football field. If his production didn’t convince some that he was one of the top linebackers in this draft his performance at the combine did. He performed very well in all athletic tests and his he was 10 lbs heavier and 2 inches taller he might have one of the most filled out spider charts you have ever seen. He won PAC 12 defensive player of the year in 2018. Metrics aside Burr Kirven’s ability is supplemented by his natural feel and instincts for the position. He is ready to be a starting inside linebacker in the NFL on day one. StrengthsElite athleticism, speed, for the position with excellent instincts. Knows where the ball is going and is rarely fooled. Sometimes he can pre-diagnose a play before the ball is snapped and flies to the gap to make a tackler. Read and react ability on PA, draws is great. Remains disciplined and trusts what he sees. Has innate ability and diagnostic skills at the position and you can see why he was so productive.Textbook tackler who is prolific. Has sideline to sideline ability. Has some ummph to his hits and works to the ball with 6 career forced fumbles.Moves really well in coverage and can get a lot of depth when he drops back. Looks good reading the QBs eyes and working his way towards the ball. Shows good awareness in passing lanes and hands.Considered the heart of the defense with excellent leadership skills and work ethic.WeaknessesUndersized for the position. Some think his size with eliminate him from the opportunity to start in the NFL. Short arms lead to some just missed opportunities .Functional strength needs to improve so he can get off blocks faster. He can get swallowed up by larger OL if his DL don’t take care of them.Let’s see his work:More Ben Burr-Kirven videosHow He Would Fit On The RedskinsThe concern over Burr-Kirven’s size is valid but is overblown. We have seen linebackers have limited success in the NFL with limited physicality, technique, or athleticism but we haven’t seen many fail because they they were 2 inches too short and 10 lbs too light. I think he is a day one starter at inside linebacker. His skills would be allowed to flourish on a team like the Redskins who have invested heavily in their defensive line. The DL picking up their assignments would allow a player like him to flow relatively freely to the ball and make a lot of the plays he did in college. With the emphasis on athleticism for both inside linebackers in the Redskins 3-4 fans ought to be comforted by his coverage and instincts as well. He does need to continue to hit the weights to develop more strength and that is the one area I would emphasize along with getting off blocks in his pro development. If he gains some weight as a result great, but I really see it as close to a non-issue. Burr-Kirven alongside Rueben Foster would make for one of the more athletic inside linebacker duo’s in the NFL. If the Redskins miss out on some of the top prospects at the position in the first round Burr-Kirven is one heck of a consolation prize.