The Redskins have agreed to terms with free agent offensive lineman Chris Chester.
A league source informed 106.7 The Fan that Chester’s contract will span five seasons and net him $20 million dollars.
Chester is a 28-year-old, versatile interior lineman who has spent most of his time playing guard. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound California native has played in 73 games and made 47 NFL starts. A standout at Oklahoma, Chester started 14 games for a Ravens team that made the playoffs last season.
The agreement helps the Redskins fill a major lead on the inside of their offensive line. Six-year starting center Casey Rabach was released on Thursday morning, meaning that either Will Montgomery or Kory Lichtensteiger will open training camp as the Redskins’ projected starting center (assuming one isn’t signed).
Sliding Montgomery or Lichtensteiger out of a guard spot meant that a starting position had been vacated. Chester fills that void. But the Redskins have yet to re-sign right tackle Jammal Brown, who the team traded for last offseason and started at tackle throughout last year.
Even with Chester having been added, it’s unlikely that the Redskins are finished addressing their offensive line. Signing a tackle is still a major priority and adding additional depth on the interior would make sense for Washington, who is still well below the NFL’s salary cap.