Redskins, Pro Bowl LB Brown agree to deal

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY NORA PRINCIOTTI

The Redskins de­fense got bet­ter Mon­day when the team reached a deal with Pro Bowl line­backer Zach Brown, one of the top free agents left on the mar­ket.

Brown still has to pass his phys­i­cal but his agent, Michael J. Katz, con­firmed that the two sides had agreed to terms.

Brown had his best sea­son last year, his fifth in the NFL, in Buf­falo. The 6-foot1, 244-pound in­side line­backer made 149 com­bined tack­les, which put him sec­ond over­all in the league be­hind Seattle’s Bobby Wag­ner (167). Brown started all 16 games last sea­son for the Bills and also had four sacks, one in­ter­cep­tion and two forced fum­bles.

Brown had ex­plored re-sign­ing in Buf­falo, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, and had also vis­ited the Raiders, among other teams. Brown, 27, played on a oneyear deal worth $1.25 mil­lion last year in Buf­falo.

Be­fore sign­ing with the Bills, Brown spent the first four years of his ca­reer with the Ti­tans, who drafted him in the sec­ond round in 2012. He was pro­duc­tive as a rookie and a sec­ond-year player but af­ter a pec­toral in­jury in 2014 and an un­pro­duc­tive sea­son in 2015, took his chances with the Bills last year to try to im­prove his stock.

While terms of the deal were not dis­closed, the Redskins had around $11 mil­lion in salary cap space be­fore news of the deal broke. Brown played his way to a salary bump though, with his sign­ing com­ing so late in free agency, it’s clear that his mar­ket wasn’t he wanted it to be, which would have given the Redskins some lever­age in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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