The Washington Redskins have reportedly signed former Buffalo Bills LB Zach Brown. NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport first reported the deal, and it was confirmed by Brown’s agent. Terms of the pending deal have not been disclosed, but Brown was reportedly seeking $6 million per year, and had visited several other teams recently.
The Redskins have made the majority of their free agent signings this offseason on defense. Zach Brown was a 2nd round pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 draft. He started 27 games over his first two seasons, but only 6 over his final two years with the team. He was signed to a 1-year deal with the Bills last season, and had a breakout year that earned him a Pro Bowl nod. Brown ended the season with 149 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 passes defended, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles in 16 starts.
The Redskins inside linebacker group is in need of talent, and Brown’s signing is a start to improving the position. Washington tendered RFA Will Compton, and still have Mason Foster under contract for this season. Compton has not signed his tender and has not been linked to any other teams in free agency. Foster is expected to return, but the Redskins will save $1.825 million if he is released. The Redskins also have Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels, Khairi Fortt, and other recently signed players to compete for the position, along with 10 draft picks(and UDFA signings). Brown will push for a starting position, and could win playing time in the new Redskins defense.
“Zach is now back home, where he’s from, so it’s a great homecoming,” Michael Katz said. “The Redskins organization, starting from the head coach all the way down, was what really helped Zach make his decision. He’s going to come in and be an instant leader there.”
Source: The #Redskins have agreed to terms with FA LB Zach Brown, pending a physical. Big-name free agent off the market.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2017
Update: 1-year deal for Brown
#Redskins LB Zach Brown signed a 1-year deal worth a maximum value of $4.65M, source said. $500k signing bonus. Not bad this late in FA.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2017
Zach Brown's 1-year deal with the Redskins is for $2.3M (worth a maximum of $4.6M through incentives). $700k is fully GTD.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) April 5, 2017