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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Redskins OG target Ben Grubbs signs with Saints

The Washington Redskins missed out on one of their targets at left guard when former Baltimore Raven Ben Grubbs agreed to a five-year, $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints Thursday.

Grubbs, who played for current Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster in Baltimore, replaces Carl Nicks, whom the Saints lost to Tampa Bay Wednesday. Grubbs’ contract reportedly includes $16 million in guaranteed money.

The Redskins traditionally don’t invest that type of money in interior linemen. When they signed right guard Chris Chester last year, the Redskins gave the former Raven about$20 million over five years.

The Redskins also are interested in Evan Mathis, a guard who played for the Eagles last season, and according to a person with knowledge of the situation, have had preliminary talks with fellow free agent Mike Brisiel, who has spent his entire career with the Houston Texans. He played there when Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same spot in Houston.

The 29-year-old Brisiel started 13 games for the Texans last season.

The team hosted safety Brandon Meriweather Wednesday evening, but the former Chicago Bear left without a signing a contract and is reportedly visiting the New York Jets today.

More on free agency:

Redskins begin to address other needs

Wise: The offseason redemption tour

Garcon says Redskins beat other teams to the punch

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