Redskins Sign LB Zach Brown To One-Year Contract

We might never know if the Pittsburgh Steelers had any interest in signing linebacker Zach Brown to a free agent contract. What we do know, however, is that Brown will play with the Washington Redskins in 2017.

Brown, who registered 149 tackles, four sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles last season with the Buffalo Bills, ended his free agent touring process on Monday by reportedly signing a one-year contract worth up to $4.65 million with the Redskins, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. That deal reportedly included a signing bonus of $500,000.

It will be interesting to see how much of Brown’s contract is ultimately tied to incentives. Regardless, $4.65 million appears to be a bargain and especially when you consider that former Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons signed a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins at the start of the new league year that included $11 million in guarantees.

In my opinion, Brown, would have been a nice one or two-year replacement for Timmons and especially when it came to passing situations. For now, the Steelers appear to be confident with the notion of having linebacker Vince Williams replace Timmons in the Steelers defense even though they did attempt to sign linebacker Dont’a Hightower several weeks ago. Hightower, who made a free agent visit to Pittsburgh after Timmons signed with the Dolphins, ultimately decided to re-sign with the New England Patriots.

With Brown now no longer a free agent, Gerald Hodges appears to be the best-available inside linebacker that remains unsigned. Hodges, who played his college football at Penn State, spent most of the last two years with the San Francisco 49ers after they acquired him via a trade with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2015 regular season. Hodges recorded 83 total tackles last season in addition to three sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.

  • 804Stiller

    Man, sounds like that deal was less than we offered Timmons.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Seems to be a lot of one year deals this Free Agency, no?

  • MattHat121

    SMH – easy pickings and no interest from PIT?

  • Guest12

    So they went after Hightower and offered almost $11 mil a year but didn’t even bring in Zach when he was willing to sign for this kind of money. I mean, what did they see in Hightower for $11 mil that they didn’t see in Zach for only $5 mil?

  • ScullNCrossbones

    I agree but it’s not totally irrational. Maybe they thought that Hightower could’ve been a game changer whereas Brown would just be a 1 year band-aid who would be out of our price range next year if he plays well. It seems like the Steelers see the future of the position in either VW and/or the draft. I think they want a 2 down thumper (e.g. VW) coupled with a sub-package hybrid (draft pick) if they can’t have a stud like Hightower or high end draft pick like Reddick/Foster. Brown doesn’t really fit in either of those categories and $5 million + opportunity cost is not insignificant if they don’t think it’s a good scheme fit.

    Also very possible that we really did not intend on signing Hightower and really were just trying to drive the price up for NE.

  • PaeperCup

    I don’t know much about Brown, other than he had a statistically solid 2016. Being so, why are we this deep into FA before he signs with a team at a “bargain” price?

    These teams/coaches might see him differently than we do.

  • Steeldog22

    Yeah. He supposedly had real interest from Dolphins (post-Timmons) and Raiders. Something fishy there.

  • LucasY59

    should happen more often, most of the guys that deserve a long term deal, get one from the team they are already with

  • Rocksolid20

    Can we quit trying to figure who the next best is every time someone signs ?! We have
    no intentions of signing anyone .

  • Jason

    Or 30 other teams evidently. 3 weeks from the draft and he was just signed for a bargain price. Perhaps NFL GM’s and coaches know more about him than we do. Shocking theory I know.

  • MattHat121

    Haha, yes. There is obviously something more going on (attitude)? But not all teams just lost their starting ILB.

    I guess we’ll see once the season starts!

  • Andrew

    I like Hodges more anyway

  • SilverSteel

    Man, 149 tackles last year. That is maybe someone we should have looked at. Those are some nice stats from last year.

  • PaeperCup

    yes it is, and yes we should have, but at the same time it is curious that he doesn’t get signed until 4 weeks into free agency.

    I’m sure the dolphins were interested in him, but went with the aging, statistically less impressive Timmons.

    His 3rd team in as many years. What’s up with this guy?

  • Jason

    I actually was more interested in Gerald Hodges who hasn’t signed anywhere to my knowledge.

  • Matt Manzo

    Seems like a lot of “prove it” deals.

  • Matt Manzo

    Maybe they’re putting more value on a hybrid guy this year?