One of the few big-name free agents left on the market found a home Monday.
Linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $4.65 million with the Washington Redskins, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. The deal has a base value of $2.3 million ($500,000 signing bonus, $1.55 million base salary, $250,000 per game roster bonuses, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. The team later announced the signing.
Brown is coming off a breakout Pro Bowl season with the Buffalo Bills, compiling 149 tackles, four sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
Ranked No. 20 on Around The NFL's top 101 free agents list, Brown was one of the few playmaking inside linebackers available this offseason.
Still just 27 years old, Brown is a solid run defender and good covering in space. He should be an upgrade over incumbent inside linebacker Will Compton next to Mason Foster on the interior of the Redskins D.
Brown is a needed addition to a Washington defense that struggled against the run for long stretches last season, allowing 119.8 yards per game on the ground.