Analysis | With higher NFL salary cap, Redskins have room to spend, but won’t necessarily splurge
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By Kareem Copeland

The Washington Redskins have $23 million in cap space this offseason, according to the sports salary-tracking database, and plenty of holes to fill before the NFL draft in April. How the team intends to use that space, however, is a bit of a mystery.

There are needs at running back, receiver, defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary. Doug Williams, the team’s senior vice president of player personnel, and Coach Jay Gruden both said the goal is to plug holes through free agency so the team has the luxury of taking the best player available during the draft. That’s a scenario every team would love, but is often easier said than done.

“[Spending] big might not be better,” Williams said at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. “At the end of the day it’s about the team and the people around you. I think we’ve got a pretty good team. I don’t know whether we’ve got to go out and spend big just to say we spent big.”

It’s unlikely the team would spend significant money on a running back considering the draft holds plenty of...

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