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Month: March, 2012

Redskins Cut Atogwe, “Big Mike” Sellers for Cap Help

The Redskins have cut O.J. Atogwe and Mike Sellers. Both were seen as likely to be cap casualties, due to poor play last season.

Sellers lost his starting job to Darrel Young last season, playing poorly in the time he was on the field. Sellers began his Redskin career back in 1998, before taking a stop in Cleveland in 2001 and then in Winnipeg to play with the Blue Bombers til 2003. He was back on the squad in 2004, making the pro bowl during the 2008 season.

Atogwe had a rough debut year for the Skins. He was signed before the lockout, allowing the Redskins his rights before the free agent frenzy in July. Atogwe was marred by injury last season, but came on strong in the final 3 games, intercepting 2 passes and amassing 15 tackles (over 1/3 of his total for the season). He was set to make about 4 million on the season after workout, and roster bonuses.


Redskins Salary Cap Cut 36 mil for 2 Years

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Washington Redskins will be penalized with a 36 million dollar cap hit over the next 2 years. They can choose to split it up between the 2 years, or put it all this year or next year. 

Apparently, they’re being penalized for manipulating the situation in the uncapped year back in 2010. They front loaded contracts, making sure their salary cap numbers for 2012 and beyond were better. 

Why the NFL would punish a team for reaping the full benefits of a scenario that affected the entire league, I know not. I mean….it was an UNCAPPED year. Why would you not try and set yourself up for the future??

I don’t understand this. Probably just something else to help out Roger’s favorite teams…the Skins and Cowboys are both being penalized, and every NFL team will be given an additional 1.6 mil in cap space this year to spend on free agency or re-signing their own players. The only teams to not receive any money from the 2 penalties are the Saints and the Raiders.