Chris Baker ranked among the Redskins’ most productive defensive linemen this season. (The Washington Post)
The Washington Redskins announced that they have re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker to ensure that he doesn’t hit the free agent market next week.
Baker, who just completed his second full season with the Redskins, signed a three-year deal worth $12 million, his agent Tony Paige said. The contract includes $4 million in guaranteed money.
Baker is coming off of a career year in which he had 27 tackles and a sack. He started the final three games of the season at right defensive end, taking over for an injured Stephen Bowen.
Baker was the second-most productive defensive lineman on Washington’s roster behind nose tackle Barry Cofield.
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in January highlighted re-signing Baker as one of Washington’s priority moves of the offseason. The 6-foot-2, 333-pound Hampton product boasts the versatility to play both defensive end and nose tackle. He is expected to contend for the starting job at right end.
Washington has now re-signed three of their impending free agents: Baker, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and wide receiver Aldrick Robinson.
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