Monday, April 3, 2017

Redskins Sign Low-Risk, High-Reward Playmaker

Continuing to overhaul their woeful defense, the Washington Redskins agreed to terms with a big-name free agent, not named Haynesworth.

Inside linebacker Zach Brown signed a one-year deal worth up to $4.65 million, according to his agent.

After four seasons with the Tennessee Titans—the team that drafted him No. 52 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft—Brown signed with the Buffalo Bills on a one-year deal. The 27-year-old notched 149 tackles last season in Buffalo, earning his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Considered an excellent athlete, Brown provides the Redskins with more stability at the inside linebacker spot—something they have missed since London Fletcher's playing days. Incumbent starters Will Compton and Mason Foster are decent, but Compton is a restricted free agent, and better suited in a backup role. Foster, meanwhile, has a good chance of starting alongside Brown, unless the team finds a better option in the draft.

Speaking of Compton, his April Fools' Day antics upset many fans; tweeting a [fake] congratulations message to Kirk Cousins for signing a new deal. The addition of Brown, for those at home doing the math, occurred just two days after Compton's not-so-funny tweet. See definition of Karma (noun): fate or destiny resulting from one's previous actions.