The Redskins and fullback Darrel Young agreed upon a three-year deal on Saturday. Young, a restricted free agent who could have started fielding offers from other teams as soon as Tuesday, signed his new contract on Saturday afternoon, sources say.
The contract will net Young a $1 million signing bonus and could be worth as much as $6.2 million over the next three seasons if the fullback hits all of the incentives built-in to the deal.
Young, entering his fourth NFL season, is a home-grown success story for Mike Shanahan and his regime. The 251-pound lead-blocker was originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent to play linebacker, the position he thrived at in college.
But after spending a training camp and practice squad season in defensive meeting rooms, Young was converted to fullback during Shanahan’s first offseason with the team. In the three seasons since the Villanova product has become a valued blocker in the running game and a capable ball-carrier and pass receiver out of the backfield. The 2013 season will mark Young’s third as a starting fullback.
In 2012, the only Redskins’ backs that carried the ball more times than Young were Alfred Morris and Evan Royster. Young tallied a career-high with 14 rushing attempts while generating 22 offensive touches, both totals surpassed his 2011 production during his first season as Washington’s starting fullback.
Re-signing Young to a three-year deal makes a lot of sense for the Redskins. By avoiding slapping a $1.3 million tender on him Washington was able to retain him at a smaller 2013 cap number. The new contract also means that Kyle Shanahan gets his top fullback and one of his more competent run-blockers back.
Young putting pen-to-paper to remain in DC could trigger more free agency action for the Redskins, who are still in the process of negotiating new pacts with several other soon-to-be restricted and unrestricted free agents.