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Redskins agree to 3 year, $21.75 million extension with DE Matt Ioannidis


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Officially Official:

The Redskins got a big win today, and are extending underrated defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis for 3 years, $21.75 million. The former 5th round pick went from being cut and placed on the practice squad his rookie year, to being one of the best penetrating defensive linemen in the league.

The Redskins spent heavy draft capital on their defensive line the last two years. Jonathan Allen and DaRon Payne were taken in the first round, and have solidified a young line for years. There were questions about whether Washington would extend Ioannidis with big contracts expected to come for the Alabama Wall when their rookie deals were up in 3 and 4 years(with 5th year options). The Redskins also double dipped last year by taking Tim Settle in the 5th round.

Ioannidis has been a force inside, but has also been rotated heavily, especially after Payne's arrival last season. He was still able to rack up 7.5 sacks, while playing around 42% of the snaps on defense.

Up next? Brandon Scherff's extension...