When the Washington Redskins entered the off-season, there were several tasks on the team’s to-do list. First and foremost was filling their head coaching vacancy. After the ‘Skins agreed to terms with Jay Gruden, they moved their attention to the re-signing of defensive tackle Chris Baker. Today, Baker and Washington inked a 3-year; $12 million deal with just $4 million of that salary guaranteed.
Baker has appeared in 29 games since joining the team in 2011 and recorded 49 (27 solo) tackles with his first career sack coming in week 7 against the Chicago Bears. Baker appeared in 15 games a season ago, and the Redskins will look for more production from the big defensive lineman. The Hampton University product started the final three games for the Redskins and proved to management he was worth the hefty price.
I fully expect Baker to have an increased role in 2014, and if Baker’s skills continue to develop he should be a force to reckon with along the defensive front. Baker was an excellent pick up in 2011, and the high character player is an excellent member of the locker room. The resigning of Baker allows for continuity to return to the 3-4 defense, and should provide a major boost to a weak defense.