One person with knowledge of the case said last week that any remaining appeal by the Redskins might be “informal.”
In the meantime, players and agents are waiting to see what will happen and are pressing the team for answers. One person said players are becoming anxious, but the team continues to tell agents it needs more time to pursue the salary cap case. Players and their agents are skeptical of the Redskins’ ability to win back cap space because of the team’s and union’s previous legal setbacks.
According to some estimates, the Redskins are about $4 million above the salary cap. They would need to release players or rework contracts, or both, to get under the cap. A Redskins player said his agent has been told by another NFL team that it expects the Redskins to release numerous players to get under the cap, but it is difficult to determine how accurate that prediction is.
One player likely to discuss restructuring his contract appears to be cornerback DeAngelo Hall. His current deal would count $8 million against next season’s cap and he could be released if the two sides cannot agree to a reworked deal. But a renegotiation might not be necessary if the Redskins manage to get salary cap space restored. Hall said at the end of the recently completed season that he would be willing to discuss a reworked deal to remain with the team.
Veteran wide receiver Santana Moss also could be a candidate for a contract restructuring. Moss’s current contract would count $6.1 million against the cap.