Chris Baker signs $12M deal

Updated: February 27, 2014, 7:29 PM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

The Washington Redskins on Thursday re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker to a three-year contract worth $12 million, including $4 million guaranteed.

Baker's agents, Tony Paige and Chitta Mallik, confirmed the deal to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Redskins had labeled Baker, who could be in line to start, a priority this offseason.

Baker started the final three games last season, recording 12 tackles, including six solo stops in the season finale against the Giants.

Washington has question marks at defensive end because of injuries to Stephen Bowen (knee) and Adam Carriker (quadriceps), so keeping Baker was high on their list, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said earlier this offseason. Baker provides versatility as well, with an ability to play nose tackle and rush in their nickel package.

Baker was signed by Washington in 2011, two years after being an undrafted free agent in Denver. He played one game with the Broncos and another with Miami in 2010.

"I've been waiting for my chance ever since I signed as an undrafted free agent in Denver," Baker said. "Sometimes you have to remain patient and wait your turn. I remained patient and kept grinding. I finally got my chance and took advantage."

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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