Skip to content

Press release: Redskins re-sign Chris Baker

Feb 27, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT


The Redskins announced that they have re-signed pending free agent defensive lineman Chris Baker.

Baker played in 15 games for the Redskins last year, starting three. The 26-year-old out of Hampton recorded one sack and 16 tackles.

Much of his value to the defense comes from his flexibility. He logged a substantial number of snaps at both defensive tackle spots and at nose tackle. In 2014 Baker will either continue to contribute in the line rotation or it’s possible he will start at end if the team makes some salary cap moves.

Baker came into the league as an undrafted free agent signee of the Broncos in 2009. After a cup of coffee there and with the Dolphins he signed on to the Redskins’ practice squad in 2011. He was moved up to the 53-man roster later that year but he suffered a quad injury before he could appear in a game.

Baker appeared in 14 games in 2012.

ESPN 980 is reporting that the contract is worth $12 million over three years with $4 million guaranteed.

  1. kenlinkins - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    OK. D. Hall get $5.25 million in 2014, Chris Bakers get $4 million, if we Tag Orakpo it’s another $11 million plus, and we are still talking to Perry Riley. The problem here is how do we tell Riley he is only worth $4 million in 2014 after paying Baker $4 million? By signing Baker today, it tells me that we will not sign Riley before he hits the free agent market unless we meet his terms ($7 million a year for 5 years). One has to think that Carriker, Bowen and Cofield will have to take pay cuts to be on the 90 man roster as I do not think that our GM is willing to commit almost $50 million for these 7 guys (Hall, Baker, Orakpo, Carriker, Bowen and Cofield). If that is the case, why not ask Fletcher to come for his $6 million and keep the band together for another 3-13 season (and it only adds $20 million to our cap number). What am I missing here?

    • ajbus1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      You’re assuming too much and I’m not sure where you got 5.25 million for Hall from. About a week ago Rich reported that the cap hit is only 2.06 million. I’d say you’re right about Carriker though. I think he counts over six million against the cap so it’s either a major paycut or out the door. And there’s no way he gets good money anywhere. That more than covers the Baker signing. I believe they’ve set the offer on the table for Orakpo and he’s gonna take til the last minute to make a decision. I won’t be surprised if they don’t tag him and let him test the free agent market. I think that’s even more likely with Riley. He’s not worth what he wants and that makes it easier to let him walk. In the past Vinny and Dan would’ve tripped over themselves to keep all these guys and used the leftovers to make a splash and “win” free agency. Look for more sensible signings. I like the seemingly new approach but it adds more pressure to the draft. They better get their picks right! Either way, we’re still two seasons away from being really good.

    • ajbus1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      I was wrong about Carriker’s cap hit. This article clears a few things up.

      • Rich Tandler - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        No, you were right, Carriker’s cap hit is about $6.5 million. The $2.99 million referenced in my article is the net cap savings the team would get from releasing Carriker. > >

        • kenlinkins - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

          I have to remember it is still early in the process and we can not sign other teams Free Agents yet unless they are cut. Also, we have until March 11th to sign our free agents, until Monday to Tag Orakpo, and can CUT players at a better time than now. ABUS makes a good point about me assuming to much. What is D. Halls Cap number for 2014. I have it a about $4.5 million!

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

          Hall’s 2014 cap number is $2.06 million.

          > >

        • ajbus1 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM

          Oh, I see. So releasing him would mostly pay for Baker. I always wonder what the cap savings for releasing players are versus their cap hits.

  2. alextwrs - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Chris Cooley gave a nice breakdown of interior lineman that would be the best options for us through free agency. He mentioned Roger Saffold from the Rams and feels he will not be resigned (due to a mass of draft picks) by them and Alex Mack was the highlight of the segment. I like both of these options as saffold is young (i think 26) and Alex Mack (not over thirty yrs old) has a nasty streak and excels in second level blocking. Cooley said it was easy to see that these two guys love the game, as it jumps off the screen at ya. We need guys like this. Seems like the browns have a lot of talent we could use. Alex Mack (C), TJ Ward (S), and the man, the myth, the legend, D’Qwell Jackson. I love watching these guys play! GO GET EM. Archives

Follow Us On Twitter