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Zach Brown Agrees to One-Year Deal with the Washington Redskins

Zach Brown

The Washington Redskins may have landed the steal of free agency in Zach Brown.

Zach Brown is a massive upgrade at the inside linebacker for the Redskins. Brown has experience as an outside linebacker and inside linebacker within a 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. When healthy, Zach Brown has been one of the more underrated players in the NFL. In 2012 (his rookie year) he posted 93 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, two touchdowns, and one forced fumble with the Tennessee Titans. Brown registered 91 tackles, four sacks, an interception and forced fumble the following season.

After the Titans switched to a 3-4 upon the arrival of Dick LeBeau in 2015, Brown fell out of favor with the coaching staff. He missed 2014 with a torn pectoral muscle and was a rotational player upon his return. He played in all 16 games in 2015, starting five. In 2016, Zach Brown started all every game for the Buffalo Bills. The result, his first trip to the Pro Bowl and was second-team All-Pro. Brown amassed 149 tackles (2nd in NFL), four sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception.

Washington has clearly added a play-maker at the inside linebacker position. Brown is one of the more athletic linebackers in the game, and his athleticism translates to the field, as evidenced by his production. Zach Brown continues the trend of the Redskins adding players who focus on stopping the run. Defensive linemen Stacy Mcgee and Terrell Mcclain specialize at that, as well as safety D.J. Swearinger.

By signing Zach Brown, the Redskins have added speed right up the middle of the defense. He’s a true sideline-to-sideline linebacker, something the Skins have lacked since the days of London Fletcher. Yes, Brown comes with a health risk but on a one-year deal he’s worth the risk. It’s a win-win scenario for Washington, they get a player in the prime of his career, at a bargain price.