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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Report: Redskins to sign OL Chester

By Dan Graziano

A report from the Twitter feed of NFL Network's Jason La Canfora says the Redskins have come to an agreement with guard/center Chris Chester, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, on a five-year, $20 million contract. This is the replacement for Casey Rabach, the veteran center who was told Thursday that he would be cut by the Redskins.

Chester
Chester
As with most of what the Redskins are doing, I like this move. Chester is a versatile interior lineman who can play center or guard. The Insider analysis from our free-agency tracker says this about him:
He is an above-average athlete but is quick to recover and shows excellent lateral agility. Chester is a natural knee bender and has improved his power since entering the league. He has active hands and understands angles to maintain leverage in pass protection as well as an interior run blocker.

"Natural knee bender." I love scout talk, don't you?

Anyway, if they want to use Will Montgomery or Kory Lichtensteiger at center, they can play Chester at guard. If they don't, they can play Chester at center. He brings flexibility and experience and athleticism. They still need a right tackle, but the Redskins are making lots of judicious-looking moves to fill their holes. Not the big, splashy moves for which they've become known in ill-fated offseasons past, but smart, directed moves that reflect where they are in their rebuilding and the idea that they're thinking long-term.