Do it with me Redskins fans … *EXHALE*
That’s right, you all can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing that the Redskins and Zach Brown have come to an extension. A deal that is worth $24 million through three years will give the ‘Skins their leading tackler back through 2021.
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) March 15, 2018
You can say that last season was a make it or break it kind of year for the 28-year old veteran. And you can say he proved his worth as well. Brown was the team leader in tackles with 127 and likely would have gotten more if it wasn’t for a season ending injury.
After Trent Muprhy signed with Buffalo, it was a must for the Redskins to make a move on Brown. The organization could have built through the draft, but would they rely on a rookie to come in and take over the spot where Brown had so much success, probably not.
There are still several free agents still on the market and two names come into play with the Skins. Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and Tyrann Mathieu.
According to HogsHaven, the Redskins have inquired about Mathieu.
Rumor: the Redskins have inquired about Tyrann Mathieu through his agent
— Hogs Haven (@HogsHaven) March 15, 2018
As for Rogers-Cromartie, he had a visit with the team and reportedly things went well. On Friday morning, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reported that the Skins were reaching back out to him.
#Redskins expected to reach back out to Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie with enhanced offer, per sources.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 16, 2018
Then newly signed Zach Brown was on the recruiting trail.
— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) March 16, 2018
However, ESPN’s Josina Anderson stated that Rogers-Cromartie would not decided until April.
Free agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has indicated to me that he’s in no rush to make a decision in free agency, at this time. As for when DRC is– currently– hoping to make a decision & sign, he told me this morning, “in April sometime.”
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 16, 2018
To be honest, don’t expect the Redskins to wait around until April. Especially when Mathieu is still on the market.
If Mathieu did indeed sign with the Redskins, it would bring him back with his former Arizona Cardinals teammate, D.J. Swearinger, who’s also bidding for Mathieu’s talents in the Nation’s Capital.
— DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) March 10, 2018
Mathieu, 25, would be a huge asset to the Redskins defense, especially after they traded away Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs for an upgrade at quarterback in Alex Smith.
According to NFL.com, Matheiu stated it wasn’t about the money.
“I want to go somewhere where I can be completely immersed in football, and it’s not too much about anything but winning. I want to be a part of winning culture, where you feel that all the time. That’s all I want.”
If that is the case, Washington could be a good match. With Swearinger, Brown and Jon Allen on defense, along with Josh Norman, the defense is primed and ready to shine for years to come.
Main question, will the Redskins make a sufficient offer to obtain Mathieu or Rogers-Cromartie.
Earl Thomas is also a free agent and apparently he’s wanting around $11 million a year. That was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora. If the Redskins somehow miss out on both Rogers-Cromartie and Mathieu, don’t be surprised if the ring Thomas’s camp, if they haven’t already.