The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with the 2016 last-place teams in the eight divisions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. We are currently looking at the clubs that finished third. And that means the Washington Redskins are in the spotlight.
ILB Zach Brown
Defense has been a four-letter word in our nation’s capital in recent seasons. In each of the last two years, the Washington Redskins have been remarkably consistent in a bad way when it comes to this side of the football. The team has ranked 28th in the league in total yards allowed on both occasions. In 2015, the club finished 26th against the run and this past season was 24th in the NFL in the same category. And in both campaigns, Jay Gruden’s club ranked 25th in passing defense. To take it a step further, the ‘Skins have allowed at least 40 offensive touchdowns in five consecutive seasons.
The addition of versatile linebacker Zach Brown means competition inside for starters Will Compton and Mason Foster. He comes off a season in which he led the Buffalo Bills in total tackle. It was a comeback year for Brown, who began his NFL career as a second-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2012. In his third season, he was injured and missed all but one game. He returned one year later and played in all 16 games but made just five starts. He shuffled off to Buffalo last offseason and now resembles the player that was an up-and-comer his first two seasons.
The Redskins have been very busy adding pieces to that defense this offseason. The list includes defensive ends Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee and strong safety D.J. Swearinger. But the signing of Brown may prove to be the biggest coup of all.