Redskins reportedly shopping Mason Foster, Zach Brown

Chris Lingebach
March 11, 2019 - 2:26 pm
Redskins reportedly shopping Mason Foster, Zach Brown

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The Redskins are shopping linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, and they're strong contenders for free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Foster, 30, is set to earn $2.25 million in base salary – and carries a cap hit of $4.25 million – next season. Originally signed off the street in 2015, Foster has 325 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and three interceptions over four seasons in Washington. He recorded 133 total tackles, one sack and two interceptions in 2018.

Brown, 29, has two years left on his current deal and is set to earn $6.75 million – with an $8.75 million cap hit – in 2019. He's recorded 223 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and forced two fumbles in two seasons for the Redskins. In 2018, Brown accumulated 96 tackles – 69 solo – with one sack and forced two fumbles.

JP Finlay, calling into Grant & Danny on 106.7 The Fan, doesn't think the Redskins stand a reasonable chance of trading Brown or Foster. But, he said, "The one thing that's important that I was told is that the Raiders really wanted Zach Brown last year."

"The way they've been moving and shaking and doing all sorts of things," he said of the Raiders, "I wouldn't maybe rule that out. Clearly if you've been paying attention to Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, wherever these rumors are, the Redskins and the Raiders are almost always lumped in together. I believe the two head coaches speak pretty regularly.

"So it wouldn't shock me if the Raiders, rather than having to shop for Zach Brown on the free agent market, decide, 'Hey, we'll give you a sixth-rounder for him.' Something, a late-round pick that, it clears the cap space for the Skins, which is what they need, and it gets Zach Brown to a team that wants him."

Mosley, a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2014, is coming off his rookie contract with the Ravens. The 26-year-old recorded 105 total tackles, half of a sack and made one interception in 2018.

Finlay pointed out that inside linebacker is probably the weakest unit in the 2019 draft.

"That might help Mosley if he does get to the open market," he said. "I still think the Ravens want to keep him, it's just gonna come down to dollars."

Also at play here, Finlay said, "The franchise tag at linebacker is just lumped together with outside linebackers and inside linebackers, so that kind of skews the price tag. The position that C.J. Mosley plays and the position that Von Miller plays are very, very different and one has way more value in the NFL, as a pass rusher. But that just drives up the price tag for a linebacker.

"If they separated that – if there were inside linebacker tags and outside linebackers – I think the Ravens would have just kept Mosley."

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