The Redskins have tendered backup nose tackle Chris Baker the restricted free-agent right-of-first-refusal qualifying offer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The team has decided not to attempt to retain fellow restricted free agent receiver Brandon Banks.
By tendering Baker with the qualifying offer, which is worth $1.3 million, the Redskins protect their rights to him. He can negotiate with other teams in a seven-day window, but the Redskins can match the offer.
If they choose not to match it, they will receive compensation in the form of a low-round draft pick. Because Baker wasn’t drafted, Washington wouldn’t be compensated if the team chose not to match whatever offer Baker received from another team.
The 6-foot-2, 333-pound Baker last season appeared in 14 games and recorded 15 tackles and one pass deflection.
He tweeted Monday morning, “Looks like I’ll be back for another [year]. I’m overwhelmed with joy right now[.] God is good.”
The decision on Banks doesn’t come as a surprise. The 5-foot-7, 155-pound returner/receiver had fallen out of favor with coaches, and midway through the year was replaced at both kickoff and punt return duties by tight end Niles Paul and cornerback Richard Crawford, respectively.
Baker and Banks were two of six restricted free agents for Washington. The Redskins worked out long-term deals with three of them — tight end Logan Paulsen, fullback Darrel Young, long-snapper Nick Sundberg — and signed Jackson to a one-year deal this weekend.