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Free Agent Sticker Shock May Strike Washington

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The Washington Post today confirms what other reports have claimed -- unless a new collective bargaining agreement is reached soon, the Redskins will be in salary cap purgatory.

The team is roughly $20 million over the anticipated $92 to 95 million cap. It is expected to release S Matt Bowen, CB Walt Harris, DT Brandon Noble, C Cory Raymer and K John Hall. WRs James Thrash and Taylor Jacobs and DE Reynaldo Wynn may also have to be cut.

Those moves would still leave Washington well over the cap limit. The team is trying to trade QB Patrick Ramsey to gain more cap relief. It will also have to rework the deals of RT Jon Jansen, OG Randy Thomas and QB Mark Brunell to get under the limit.

In many ways, the Redskins dilemma demonstrates the problems associated with trying to build a team through free agency. Of these players on the bubble Thomas, Brunell, Hall, Wynn, Thrash, Noble and Harris are all recent free agent signings.