The Redskins still have work to do with their salary cap and retaining their own free agents. One player they no longer need to worry about: tight end Logan Paulsen.
Paulsen said he signed a three-year deal worth $4 million that could increase to $7 million with incentives and escalators. The final year can be voided based on playing time. Paulsen became the first of Washington’s restricted free agents to sign. The Redskins have not yet re-signed any of their unrestricted free agents, though they remain in talks with many of them. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander will test the open market; he has not yet received a second offer from the Redskins and he termed the first one “not close” nearly two weeks ago.
Paulsen caught a career-best 25 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown while establishing himself as a strong blocker. Paulsen worked his way up from an undrafted free agent in 2010 to the Redskins’ No. 2 tight end. They would still like to retain free agent Fred Davis. If not the Redskins likely would seek additional help at this position.
Paulsen is just glad his situation is finalized.
“It’s stressful,” he said. “The uncertainty of not knowing what’s going on next year. It was just nice to have the Redskins make the extra effort and get me in here and be here for three years.”
Paulsen said he has talked to Davis, but the two did not discuss contracts too often.
“It would be great to have him back here,” Paulsen said. “I think he’d love to be back.”
As for the cap situation, which could cost the Redskins players such as corner DeAngelo Hall and receiver Santana Moss, Paulsen said, “It’s difficult because we did have a core group of guys and we were obviously very successful last season. … I have faith they’ll bring back everyone they need to bring back.”