The Redskins agreed to terms on a five-year contract with free agent right tackle Jammal Brown on Sunday, ending a several-day negotiation to bring Brown back to Washington.
Brown, 30, is entering his sixth season and second with the Redskins. He was acquired from New Orleans in an offseason trade a year ago nd he played in 15 games, starting 14, for the Redskins in 2010.
“I’m coming back because I believe in Kyle and Mike Shanahan and what they want to do with this organization,” Brown said. “I like playing for a coach that won a Super Bowl. I trust these guys.”
A two-time pro bowler who was once named a first-team all-pro, Brown was a dominant left tackle before suffering a serious hip injury before the start of the 2009 season. He missed the entire year before being traded to the Redskins, then he struggled mightily while playing through pain early in 2010.
The older Shanahan praised the second-half of Brown’s season on multiple occasions late last winter. His play steadily improved as the year progressed and his hip healed, and Washington is hoping that a pain-free Brown will show up at Redskins Park ready to continue his ascent back towards being a force at offensive tackle.
“I feel real good right now,” Brown said about his health. “I’ve been working and I can’t wait to get out there on the field. The hip feels good. I just want to start playing football.”
Brown is the second free agent addition the Redskins have made on the right side of their offensive line. Former Baltimore Ravens guard Chris Chester was added to play next to Brown. Both of them are former Oklahoma Sooners and Brown said acquiring Chester didn’t hurt Washington’s courtship for his services.
“It was definitely a bonus,” he said. “Being with three Oklahoma guys now, that should be fun.” The other Sooner on Washington’s offensive line is Trent Williams, who will anchor the opposite side of Washington’s line as Brown.
There was some speculation that Brown wanted to sign with a team where he could start at left tackle. He says that he’s content on the right side in Washington and that he’s continuing to improve at the position.
“I feel more natural when I’m at left tackle. I can do that in my sleep,” Brown said. “Right tackle is little bit harder for me because I had that surgery on my left hip and playing right tackle, the left hip is the one you fire off of.”
Brown has logged 72 starts in 73 NFL games over five healthy seasons. He’s never started 16 games in a year but he’s played in at least 15 games in four of his last five seasons. Healthier and ready to return, Brown says he is thrilled with how the Redskins have operated this offseason.
“It just shows that Coach Shanahan is doing what he knows best. He’s plugging in the right pieces to win on a consistent basis and to get to a Super Bowl,” Brown said. “It’s not about spending big money here and brining in high-class names. It’s about knowing our opponents and knowing our division and winning games.”