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The Redskins have a problem

Schadenfreude! As defined by schadenfreude means: pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. I'm here to tell you I've got my schadenfreude on today, big time. The pocket-sized dictator of the Washington Redskins has got a wee problem with the salary cap. Daniel "Tiny Dancer" Snyder has entered what we commonly refer to as "cap-hell". It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

The Washington Post gives us the scoop. Here's a taste, but you really need to read the whole thing to get your schadenfreude on, too.

The Washington Redskins have less than a week to trim about $20 million from the payroll to come in under the 2006 salary cap, a task made more difficult by the uncertainty over the future of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players' union.

If there is one silver lining in the whole CBA mess, it's that not getting a labor deal is going to really squeeze the Skins, forcing them to cut players they want to keep.

The Redskins are trying to trade backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey ... the team has had no recent discussions with linebacker LaVar Arrington, who will cost the team $12 million against the cap in 2006, sources said. It also has made no headway toward reworking the contracts of tackle Jon Jansen, quarterback Mark Brunell and guard Randy Thomas, all of whom have base salaries of $3.5 million or more.

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling...

The Redskins are expected to release defensive backs Matt Bowen and Walt Harris, tackle Brandon Noble and center Cory Raymer, which would create about $7 million in cap space. They also are expected to trade Ramsey (for draft picks) and cut place kicker John Hall, which would free up $3.2 million more. Defensive end Renaldo Wynn and wide receivers James Thrash and Taylor Jacobs could be sacrificed as well.

Even those moves would leave the team about $10 million over the cap, and that is where the restructurings come in. With a collective bargaining extension, the team could convert base salary to bonuses for Jansen and Brunell, and save another $5 million by spreading those bonuses over several years. The lack of an extension would make this much more difficult.

Now if that doesn't make you feel better then you are legally dead and should drive yourself to the local morgue right away.

Everybody say it together... schadenfreude!

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