Right tackle Jammal Brown said his faith in Mike Shanahan and the foundation that the coach laid in his first year at the helm made re-signing with the Washington Redskins more attractive to him than any other offer he received in free agency.
Brown, seventh-year pro, on Sunday agreed to terms with Washington on a five-year, $27.5 million deal. He chose the Redskins over Arizona, Kansas City and Chicago.
"My heart was here with the Washington Redskins and I believe in the chemistry Mike Shanahan is building," Brown said in a telephone interview Sunday evening. "He's a Super Bowl coach and I think we can win a Super Bowl, too. We started something special last year. I want to be a part of that."
Brown, who spent the first five years of his career as a left tackle, underwent surgery in 2009 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Last season as a right tackle, he experienced discomfort having to push off of that left hip.
Brown said he still feels more comfortable as a left tackle, but he continues to notice improvement in his flexibility and mobility, and would rather remain at right tackle for the Redskins than left tackle elsewhere.
"I thought long and hard about going back to left tackle, and yeah, I like left better than right even though I played right in college," Brown said. "And left feels better. But my hip's still getting better. And I don't want to learn no new team, and get comfortable with them. I love the Redskins. This is where I wanted to be."
Brown already was in the Ashburn area, and said he couldn't wait to get back on the field. But he won't be able to practice until Aug. 4, when the new CBA is ratified.
"It's gonna kill me watching, but soon as I can get out there, I'll be ready to rock and roll and make up for lost time," Brown said.
The Redskins now have addressed two key critical positions on their offensive line by re-signing Brown, and also signing free agent Chris Chester to play right guard. Chester, like Brown and left tackle Trent Williams, went to Oklahoma, which was another element Brown factored into his decision.