Redskins Re-Sign Chris Baker

Updated: February 27, 2014

The Washington Redskins have re-signed DL Chris Baker, a former free agent the team likes quite a bit [as do I] at the nose tackle and/or defensive end positions in the team’s 3-4 defense. The contract is for $12 million over three years, with $4 million guaranteed.

Retaining Baker has been seen as important for the defense moving forward, probably third on the team’s to-do list after retaining OLB Brian Orakpo and CB DeAngelo Hall. Hall has already re-signed with the team. Orakpo has not.

Baker played in 15 games for the Redskins in 2013, starting three — after DE Stephen Bowen was lost for the season to injury — and recording a career-high 27 tackles and one sack. He recorded a career-high seven tackles, including three for loss, in the team’s season finale against the Giants.

Baker played his college ball at Hampton and signed with the Denver Broncos in 2009 as an undrafted free agent. He spent a brief period with the Miami Dolphins before joining the Redskins in 2011. He is considered part of the team’s defensive line rotation going forward and could even earning a starting job at defensive end in 2014, particularly if the team cuts Bowen to save cap space.