Redskins Sign LB Pernell McPhee today

The Washington Redskins have signed free agent OLB Pernell McPhee today. No terms of the contract have been disclosed yet.

McPhee is an outside linebacker who should bolster Washington’s pass rush and set the edge for run defense.  It became an area of need after the free agency departure of Trent Murphy.  Additionally, the Redskins recently withdrew their contract offer and advised LB Junior Galette that the team was headed in a different direction.  That direction is McPhee.

At 270 pounds, McPhee provides the sort of size on the edge the Skins had with Trent Murphy. McPhee has had a recent injury history and the Redskins are hoping that injuries are part of his past, not future.  The contract is expected to be a fairly reasonable contract, which falls in line with what the new Redskins approach to free agency appears to be, signing reasonable deals.

The 29 year-old veteran has spent seven seasons int he NFL.  He spent four seasons with Baltimore and the recent three season with Chicago.  Over seven season, McPhee has recorded 139 tackles, 31 sacks, 12 pass deflections, 6 forced fumbles, and had 1 fumble recovery.

Washington is also waiting to see how the market unfolds for DT Jonathan Hankins.  Hankins visited Washington last week, but departed without a contract.  Although some fans are frustrated by the frugality of this off-season, the Redskins front office is making it clear that it will not be the trend and market setter for free agency any longer.

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