So in the first year without a salary cap since Daniel Snyder purchased the Redskins, Snyder’s team behaved for the first time on the first day of free agency as if a salary cap were still in place.
The team’s new General Manager says that Snyder has no problem with the change.
“”Do what you guys think is best‘” was the message that Snyder conveyed to Bruce Allen before free agency, and that Allen shared with Peter King of SI.com.
Once free agency started, Snyder did not waver.
“He didn’t throw anything at me,” Allen told King. “And he didn’t throw a tantrum. He’s fine with it.”
King believes that the Redskins were indeed in the hunt for defensive end Julius Peppers, but that they were only willing to pay him $10 million per year. Once it was clear that the Bears would do whatever they needed to do to get him, the Redskins dropped out.
If so, that’s the most tangible proof that the Redskins have indeed changed. In past years, they would have outbid the Bears and anyone else for the player they wanted.