Whom could Washington pay with the cap savings from a Morgan Moses move?

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Whom could Washington pay with savings from a Moses move? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Morgan Moses hasn't been moved yet, but Tuesday's reports stating that Washington is likely to proceed onward without the right tackle means he'll be gone soon. When that notion goes public, a transaction almost always happens.

So, assuming Moses does become a former member of coach Ron Rivera's roster in the near future, whom could the Burgundy and Gold pay with the savings — which will amount to nearly $8 million — from saying goodbye to the lineman? 

Well, there is no shortage of options.

The list begins with Jonathan Allen, who recently told the Washington Post that it's always been his "dream" to suit up for one organization for his entire career. Allen's rookie contract expires after 2021, making this offseason the time for he and the club to negotiate an extension.

At some point down the road, the idea of Rivera and the front office being able to keep the entire defensive line together might prove to be impossible. However, locking down Allen will be more doable when Moses bounces.

Moses' buddy on the right side, meanwhile, is also one year away from free agency.

Currently, Brandon Scherff is under the franchise tag, one that'll pay him north of $18 million in 2021. The All-Pro could very well be content to go to work at that whopping rate, but maybe Washington can cobble together a more competitive long-term offer when the cap situation becomes more relaxed than it already is.

Then there's Logan Thomas, whose 2020 breakout completely changed how he's viewed.

The tight end posted 72 receptions in his debut campaign in the NFC East, which makes his present agreement with the team — a two-year pact worth a little more than $6 million — feel like an absolute bargain. Washington could choose to do something now with Thomas, or simply earmark cash for him for next March.

Beyond Allen, Scherff and Thomas, there are a host of other contributors set to hit the market 10 months from now. Names such as JD McKissic, Tim Settle and even Ryan Fitzpatrick fit that criteria, as do Kyle Allen, Adam Humphries, Cam Sims and Jeremy Reaves.

In all, Moses' money can be a difference maker in a larger deal, like Allen's, or a few smaller ones, featuring any of the players that were just mentioned. Whether you believe more flexibility is worth getting rid of a competent and durable right tackle is up to you, but it sure seems like Rivera does, and that's all that truly matters.