Ben Standig from the newly formed DC Sports venture, The Sports Capital(subscribe here), has some information on two of the Redskins pending free agent linebackers. Zach Brown and Will Compton aren’t expected to return to the Redskins this year, and Washington re-signed Mason Foster because he was the cheaper option. Redskins Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams told reporters at the Combine that Washington had sent a contract offer to Zach Brown, and they were waiting to hear back from him. That deal was reportedly for $7.5-9 million per year, but there were no reports on the guaranteed money. That is the number that will be the sticking point for any deal that Brown considers, and obviously the number the Redskins are comfortable with is lower than the number Brown is looking for.
There haven’t been any reports on a contract offer, or even interest in, for Will Compton. He was relegated to a backup role last season with the emergence of Foster, and the signing of Brown. He was still able to start 3 games last season due to injuries to both Foster and Brown. Compton started with the Redskins as an UDFA and worked his way up to team captain.
Who will the Redskins replace Brown and Compton with? Standig reports that Washington is interested in Nigel Bradham from the Philadelphia Eagles, and Anthony Hitchens from the Dallas Cowboys. There are also plenty of options in this year’s draft if the team wants to go young and cheap. Bradham is one of the best options available in free agency, and is a player the Eagles are hoping to retain. Their salary cap is a problem right now, and if they don’t make some room in the next two days, Bradham will be free to go to any team. Hitchens(6’, 235lbs, 25 yo) is a former 4th round pick who has started 48 games during his 4 years with the team.
What should the Redskins do at ILB?
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Re-sign Zach Brown
Re-sign Will Compton
Re-sign Brown and Compton
Sign Nigel Bradham
Sign Anthony Hitchens
Draft an ILB
Combination of FA and draft