The Washington Redskins have decided to “Buy” on another one of their free agents, this time its defensive end Chris Baker. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that the Redskins have re-signed Baker to a 3 year – $12 million contract, with $4 million of it guaranteed.
Baker came on strong late in the season last year, and emerged as one the Redskins better players on defense. When starter Stephen Bowen went down in week 10 with a season ending injury, Baker stepped in and showed play-making ability and a talent for getting into the opponent’s backfield.
With this re-signing it means that Baker will more than likely be a lot more than just a backup moving forward, and he’ll be expected to be a starter on the Redskins defensive line. It may also mean that Bowen may be asked to re-structure his deal, as he counts $7.02 million against the salary cap next season.
Baker is only 26, and may have his best football ahead of him. With this deal, the Redskins probably won’t splurge in free agency at defensive end, and may address adding more depth through the draft. However, if they do go into free agency, some names they may look at the Ravens Arthur Jones, and the Raiders Lamarr Houston.