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Blades returning to Redskins

The Redskins have now re-signed a third member of their own free agent class, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with inside linebacker H.B. Blades.

Blades and the Redskins were close to agreeing to terms Friday night, according to people familiar with the situation. Then the fifth-year pro announced on his twitter account Saturday night that he was coming back to D.C.

Washington drafted Blades out of Pitt in the sixth-round of the 2007 draft. He has spent his entire career as a backup to London Fletcher, and also is a strong special teams contributor.

The 5-foot-10, 242-pound Blades last season recorded 18 tackles for the Redskins.

The Redskins entered the offseason with 13 players up for free agency and have re-signed receiver Santana Moss, cornerback Byron Westbrook and Blades.

Quarterback Rex Grossman, linebackers Rocky McIntosh and Chris Wilson, cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Phillip Buchanon, offensive linemen Jammal Brown and Stephon Heyer, defensive lineman Kedric Golston and safety Reed Doughty have yet to agree to terms with Washington or any other team.

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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