Redskins Continue to Get Defensive in Free Agency
The Washington Redskins and Pernell McPhee made it official on Monday. After a week of flirting, McPhee has given the Redskins his final rose and signed on the dotted line.
McPhee will take the place of Junior Galette whose contract offer was rescinded by the Redskins a few days ago. Galette spent an injury plagued three years in D.C. with 2017 being his best, and healthiest, year.
Pernell will bring much needed depth to the outside linebacker position with most assuming he will be the immediate back-up to Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan.
Pernell McPhee expected to finalize deal with #Redskins today, per sources. Outside linebacker will help in pass rush and set run edge.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 26, 2018
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Pernell was released after three seasons by Bears and was due to make just over $7 million in 2018.
The Bears were not willing to bring him back at that price with concerns about his history of knee injuries. Despite having knee problems, he played in 13 games in 2017 and recorded 4 sacks, 20 tackles and 1 forced fumble.
McPhee’s health will be something to watch as training camp and the season goes on, but being put in a limited role should mask those concerns.
Pending any additional high profile moves, 2017’s second round pick Ryan Anderson will move to fourth on the depth chart.
Anderson will need to make a Kendall Fuller or Matt Ioannidis type of improvement to see significant playing time with McPhee now on the roster.
The details of the contract agreement have yet to be disclosed. Follow, and stay with, the Full Press Coverage team as more updates come in from the signing.