The Washington Redskins have reached an agreement to retain center Will Montgomery, the seven-year veteran confirmed.

Montgomery, who took over as starting center last season, was set to become a free agent, but has agreed to a four-year deal and won’t hit the open market on March 13.

“We worked out a deal yesterday,” Montgomery said by phone Saturday night. “I’m definitely happy to stay with the Redskins and for the chance to build on what we’ve started. I feel like we’re only a few pieces away. We definitely have the talent, having beaten the Giants twice this year.”

Montgomery, a former Centreville High School and Virginia Tech standout, became a full-time starter for the first time last year. He and guard Chris Chester were the only two linemen to play all 16 games.

The Redskins still have needs along the line, and are expected to address the right tackle position, and could add a left guard as well.