After spending days at a medical facility and suffering several surgeries on his leg, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith finally has been released — using an encouraging prognosis, no less — per league sources.
There is some optimism, but scarcely certainty, though the priority for the time being is dealing with a spiral leg fracture that was infected after multiple surgeries, that Smith will have the ability to restart his NFL career.
Smith’s future is at stake, and so is the Redskins.
Taking the most crucial and personal component from it, Washington would find it difficult to overcome.
If Smith were unable to play, the Redskins will have to eat $20.4 million values of salary cap space the next season and a second $21.4 million in 2020 — roughly approximately 13 percentage of the NFL’s projected salary cap.
A economic scenario such as this may catapult the Redskins back again to where they were to illegally simplifying contracts in 2010, at 2012, when the NFL docked the team 36 million worth of salary cap distance for its approach, when there is no salary cap. That penalty amounted to 15 percent of the salary cap straight back then.
That situation is a double whammy to get Washington. Not only if Smith isn’t able to return, could the Redskins be losing their quarterback, but the team could also have extra money to spend putting Washington at a disadvantage the next couple of years. They can release several specialists to create more room, although the Redskins have only approximately $20 million into salary cap distance this offseason.
Smith broke his leg in the third quarter of Washington’s 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans on Nov. 18. He was transported to undergo surgery to repair his tibia and fibula.
Smith’s backup, Colt McCoy, broke his leg at a Dec. 3 loss at Philadelphia. But McCoy might return this season and should be OK for spring workouts.
As a result of their cap position, the Redskins’ most useful choice could possibly be the draft. There’s a chance picks this offseason, which could give a total of nine collections in April to them. Neither of Washington’s current quarterbacks, Josh Johnson and Mark Sanchez, has been on the roster before Smith’s harm.
They gained the rights into the 2nd pick at the draft prior to the Redskins heard in 2012 of the cap punishment. They selected quarterback Robert Griffin III, but it cost them two future first-round choices and, coupled with the cap penalty, made it problematic for them to boost. If they will need to property the other quarterback in the draft that history may result in some warning this time.