Chris Baker tells Larry Michael during Redskins Nation that re-signing with Washington was the move he wanted to make.
The Panthers used the franchise tag on Greg Hardy on Friday, preventing the outspoken defensive end from hitting the free agent market. The team also re-signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract. SportsIllustrated.com ranked Hardy as this offseason's top NFL free agent. Hardy led the Panthers with 38 quarterback pressures and posted a career-high 67 tackles last season.
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While the Redskins' contract talks with Brian Orakpo are stalled, the team has to think about life without him. The Redskins contract talks with Brian Orakpo remain at a standstill. The deadline for using the franchise player tag on Orakpo comes this Monday at 4 p.m. and there is no indication that the Redskins are going to use it. That would greatly increase the chances that the Redskins will have to prepare for a future without their leading pass rusher for the last five years.
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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the NFL's salary cap projects to be about $133 million, which would be a $10 million jump from last season. There were fears around the league of another year of a "flat" cap, inching up slowly as it has in the past two offseasons following the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement in 2011.
But fueled by higher revenue streams, including the new TV money from the CBS investment for Thursday night football, the cap should see its first significant bump in several years. And it doesn't appear to be a one-year spike, either — Schefter projects similar bumps for 2015 and 2016, too.