The Washington Redskins drafted defensive end Jarvis Jenkins with a high second-round pick and last week signed free agent defensive tackle Stephen Bowen for six years, $27 million. But Kedric Golston maintained a desire to re-sign with the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006.
The Redskins offered Golston a one-year deal rather than the long-term contract he would’ve preferred. But he – at least publicly – is satisfied and after agreeing to terms on Wednesday, can’t wait to get going.
“This is where I got drafted, this is home,” Golston said. “I’m just excited to be back with the team and I look forward to a great year. … I’ve been here the last five years. This is comfortable to me. I know the defense, I enjoy the coaching staff and believe in what’s going on around here and I want to be a part of fixing the last couple years.”
Golston said the money that Washington threw at Bowen, or fellow defensive lineman Barry Cofield (six years, $36 million) didn’t bother him. And neither does the likelihood that Bowen will start at right end, where Golston started for all 13 games he played in last season while earning a salary of $1.76 million.
Cofield is expected to start at nose tackle, and Adam Carriker started at left end last season although he could receive competition from Jenkins, who has worked at both right and left end this week. Golston will be in on that competition as well, but says that’s fine with him.
“It’s the NFL, there’s always competition,” said Golston, who recorded 35 tackles in 2010. “This isn’t the first time guys have been brought in, so I’m happy for the guys. To be good, you’ve got to have good offensive and defensive lines and a lot of us got hurt late last year, so I’m sure depth was a concern in their minds. I’m excited to have them here and looking forward to just going out and winning a lot of football games.”