The Redskins have re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker, the team announced today (Twitter link). Baker was set to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time this offseason after playing on his one-year restricted tender of $1.323MM in 2013. His new deal is a three-year pact worth $12MM overall, with $4MM of that amount guaranteed, reports Mike Jones of the Washington Post (via Twitter).
In his second year with the Redskins, Baker earned three starts at the end of the regular season, recording a career-high seven tackles in the team’s Week 17 game against the Giants. The 26-year-old lineman, who saw 418 snaps in 2013, could earn a larger role in 2014, depending on what other additions and subtractions the team makes on defense.
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett mentioned Baker along with DeAngelo Hall, Brian Orakpo, and Perry Riley last month when asked about which defensive free agents the club hoped to retain. With Hall and Baker now back in the fold, the team figures to focus on its two free agent linebackers, in an attempt to keep them off the open market.