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Barry Cofield restructures contract

Barry Cofield, Brandon Weeden AP

There’s a rule in the NFL that states that only the players with the 51 highest base salaries on the team count against the salary cap from the start of the league year until just before the start of the regular season.

At that point, every player on the team, including those on injured reserve or other lists keeping them from counting against the 53-man roster, counts against the cap. As a result, teams sometimes have to rework contracts to make sure their payroll complies with the cap.

The Redskins admitted earlier in the summer that they were worried about where they’d be when everybody counted and Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that they have restructured the contract of defensive tackle Barry Cofield as a result. Cofield was set to have a base salary of $4.05 million this season, but it has been slashed to the veteran minimum of $840,000 for a player of his experience. That lessens the cap hit for this year by moving it to future years of Cofield’s deal, which runs through the 2016 season.

The move gives the Redskins about $2.4 million in cap space to go with the $1.3 million that Maske reports they had before the move. The Redskins are in the second year of a two-year league-imposed cap penalty of $36 million resulting from the way they structured contracts in the uncapped 2010 season.

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8 Responses to “Barry Cofield restructures contract”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    I’m a 49ers fan and I’m embarrassed at how much celebrating my fanbase did when RG3 got injured. #classless #forshame

  2. deddmunnie says: Sep 2, 2013 3:50 PM

    Hope they identified a RT to go after. TurnS-tyler Polumbus needs to be a backup.

  3. udontknowjacku says: Sep 2, 2013 3:55 PM

    There is alot of people happy to see him injured, just because they hate the Redskins..RG3 is a class act..

  4. briscocountyjr says: Sep 2, 2013 3:55 PM

    DC has a racist name and Enron-esque bookkeeping practices. They’re competing with the patriots to be the most anti-ethical organization. Kudos

  5. floratiotime says: Sep 2, 2013 4:52 PM

    It’s not a penalty … they just had to count the Haynesworth payoff against the cap … just like every other team has to do. In fact by spreading it over 2 years they actually got a break. Same rules for everyone … it’s just that the R-words tried to cheat and got told they couldn’t. They should have lost draft picks, but the league let them off with basically a warning.

  6. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 2, 2013 4:59 PM

    aaroncurryisabust-

    first time i heard our fanbase was celebrating rg3 injury????why would the faithfull even care about the skidkins? as far as i know they’re irrelavent. stop making things up seaderrall seagull fan.

  7. stunzeed5 says: Sep 2, 2013 5:34 PM

    Cap penalties and STILL finished 10-6? Damn…..nice work REDSKINS*

    *if I offended you, I DON’T CARE.

  8. rg3andthensome says: Sep 2, 2013 7:24 PM

    HAIL REDSKINS

    We don’t need Peter King….Skunk Hair.

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