Showing marked improvement in each of his three seasons with the Redskins, linebacker Will Compton says he has signed his tender to return to Washington in 2016.
After earning a spot in the starting lineup down the stretch for the Washington Redskins in 2015, linebacker Will Compton told Redskins.com that he has signed his tender. He also tweeted the news on Monday.
Compton, 26, was an exclusive rights free agent.
In three seasons with the Redskins, Compton has totaled 15 starts, 10 of which came last season.
During the 2015 season, Compton finished second on the team in tackles with 122 while also recording his first-career sack (12/26 against the Philadelphia Eagles) and interception (1/3 against the Dallas Cowboys).
The University of Nebraska product started his career as a college free agent, spending the majority of his first season on the practice squad before making his NFL debut in the Redskins' regular season finale against the New York Giants.
Compton recorded his first career start on Oct. 12, 2014, against the Arizona Cardinals. He finished the game with two tackles in place of an injured Perry Riley Jr.
Later in the season, Compton would once again enter the starting lineup, this time in place of Keenan Robinson.
In a three-week span from Week 14-16, Compton totaled 38 tackles.
Starting the 2015 season in a role as the team's primary backup inside linebacker, Compton would eventually find his way into the starting lineup and solidifying himself in the starting 11 by Week 10.
"I think obviously Compton is one of those guys who you talk about injury, you lose a guy to injury, somebody steps in and plays well, and that was the exact case with Compton," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said at the annual NFL Owners Meetings in March. "He came in when Perry got hurt he stepped in and played great, then when Keenan got hurt he stepped in and played great, and when both Keenan and Perry were healthy we weren't going to take Compton out so we had to kind of figure out the rotation."
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Gruden added that what makes Compton such a solid player is his ability to read offenses and get everyone on the defense in the right spots at the right time.
"Just anticipating formations and plays; he can see splits and get ready," Gruden said. "He just keeps everybody on their toes. There's a lot of communication on both sides of the ball, especially at the middle linebacker position. Motions, shifts, formation changes, no huddle—communication is huge on defense and Will is as good as anybody at communicating the defense."
With Compton returning, the Redskins now have three inside linebackers with starting experience in Washington, as Riley Jr. and the recently re-signed Mason Foster are returning as well.
Adam Hayward and Martrell Spaight are both on the road to full recovery from season-ending injuries and the team also signed free agent Terance Garvin during the second week of free agency.