by Grant PaulsenBy Grant Paulsen

The Redskins and veteran defensive end Kedric Golston have agreed to terms on a new contract that will keep the 28-year-old defensive end in Washington. A person with knowledge of the negotiation confirmed the deal to 106.7 The Fan on Monday afternoon.

Golston has spent his entire six-year NFL career with the Redskins. Having started 43 of the 82 games he’s played in, the former Georgia Bulldog has become quite a success story as a former sixth-round draft pick (196th overall).

Retaining Golston’s services means that the Redskins won’t have to focus on the defensive line again during this offseason’s free agency period or by way of the draft.

Washington is returning all three of its defensive line starters from the 2011 season (Adam Carriker, Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen) and is also now going to be welcoming back its top three reserves from a year ago with Golston, and 2011 draftees Jarvis Jenkins and Chris Neild under contract. The Redskins also re-upped with Darrion Scott earlier this offseason, meaning that the team has plenty of depth and should expect ample competition in training camp.

Golston is an invaluable piece of Washington’s defensive line rotation because he’s a gritty performer who does his job without making any demands. He proved stellar against the run last season prior to suffering a season-ending injury in a week-ten loss at Miami. The 310-pound defensive end tallied a sack-and-a-half in his nine games in 2011, just a half-sack away from tying his career-high.

With Jenkins likely serving as a versatile swing defensive end, backing up both Carriker and Bowen, Golston will likely see time as a block-attracting, run-stuffing presence on rushing downs.

Golston is what Joe Gibbs used to call a “core Redskin.” He lives in Virginia full-time, and the career Redskin’s wife now runs a real estate company in the Ashburn area.


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