The Washington Football Team has some decisions to make at the quarterback position, and they made an aggressive one early in the offseason. The team is signing restricted free agent Taylor Heinicke to a two-year deal worth $8.75M, per Ian Rapoport. There are reportedly incentives depending on how many games he starts.
The team could have simply placed a contract tender on Heinicke due to his restricted status. A first round tender would have meant a $4,766,000 salary, a second round tender would have meant a $3,384,000 salary, and a Right of First Refusal tender would have meant a $2,133,000.
While we await more specific details, Washington is clearly intrigued by what Heinicke did in one playoff start in place of Alex Smith, and one appearance coming in to replace Dwayne Haskins. In the playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Heinicke completed 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Football Team came up short, but Heinicke made it interesting.
The team’s depth chart currently includes Heinicke, Smith, and Steven Montez. Kyle Allen is an exclusive rights free agent, which means he can be brought back at the league minimum if the team is so inclined. Washington holds the No. 19 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and is projected at just under $40 million in cap space this offseason before this deal.