Barry Cofield and Redskins reportedly agree to terms

The Redskins have agreed to terms with free agent defensive lineman Barry Cofield, according to multiple reports.

Washington has been searching for help along the defensive line, and the 27-year-old Cofield is coming off of a career year in which he recorded 54 tackles and four sacks for the New York Giants.

Denver’s Fox 31 Sports reporter Josina Anderson first reported the agreement, which won’t be official until Friday. The contract will be for a six-year deal that will pay him $12.5 million in guaranteed money, according 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen.

The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Cofield played defensive tackle in the Giants’ 4-3 system, but he is listed as a nose tackle according to NFL.com. It’s not immediately clear if he will play nose tackle or end for the Redskins’ 3-4 defense.

The Redskins also had been expected to pursue Green Bay’s Cullen Jenkins in free agency. But as of Tuesday, sources close to the defensive end said that the Redskins had yet to initiate contact.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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