While the Redskins have already entered negotiations with pending free agent linebacker Zach Brown, there is a “gap” between Brown’s asking price and Washington’s comfort level, reports John Keim of ESPN.com.
It’s unclear how many years or what type of annual salary the 28-year-old Brown is searching for, but it’s worth noting he was met with lukewarm interest during the 2017 free agent period. While he was a year younger and coming off a much more productive season with the Bills, Brown was forced to accept a one-year deal with the Redskins that paid him only $2.55MM.
In his first season with Washington, Brown appeared in 13 games and played on roughly three-quarters of the club’s defensive snaps. Pro Football Focus graded Brown as the league’s No. 51 linebacker among 88 qualifiers, a steep dropoff from his 2017 production. As a unit, Washington’s defense ranked 29th in rush defense DVOA.
While the Redskins rank sixth in the NFL with approximately $52MM in available cap space, they have 19 unrestricted free agents, a list that includes quarterback Kirk Cousins and cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Washington could use that financial room to find a new signal-caller and add improvements at wide receiver, offensive line, or in the secondary, meaning Brown may not be a priority.
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