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Redskins Retain Six Pending Free Agents


The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed restricted free agent linebacker Rob Jackson, tight end Logan Paulsen, long snapper Nick Sundberg, and fullback Darrel Young. They tendered restricted free agent nose tackle Chris Baker with the first right of refusal if he signs with another team.

The team also re-signed unrestricted free agent guard Kory Lichtensteiger. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Baker, 25, appeared in a career-high 14 games and one postseason contest for the Redskins in 2012.

He served as the primary backup to starting nose tackle Barry Cofield and finished the season with 26 tackles, one for a loss, four quarterback pressures and a pass defensed.

Jackson, 27, started 14 regular season games and one postseason contest for the Redskins in 2012 and set career highs in sacks (4.5), interceptions (four) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (one).

His four interceptions were tied for second-most on the team and helped the Redskins' linebackers to 10 interceptions on the season, the most by a linebacker corps in team history.

Originally selected by the Redskins in the seventh round (242nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, Jackson (6-4, 266) has appeared in 42 career games, all with Washington.

Lichtensteiger, 27, started all 16 regular season games and one postseason game for Washington in 2012, just one season removed from a season-ending ACL injury suffered in Week 6 of the 2011 season.

His play earned him the team's Ed Block Courage Award, given annually to a player who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.

He was part of a unit that helped the Redskins to 2,709 rushing yards in 2012, setting a team record and giving Washington its first league rushing title since 1933.

Lichtensteiger (6-2, 284) entered the NFL as a fourth round pick (108th overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2008 NFL Draft before joining the Redskins as a free agent prior to the 2010 season. He has appeared in 53 career games with 35 starts, including 37 games played and 35 starts with Washington.

Paulsen, 26, set career highs in receptions (25) and receiving yards (308) in 2012. He appeared in all 16 of the team's regular season games with 10 starts and also started the team's postseason game against Seattle, catching a four-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Paulsen (6-5, 261) has appeared in 43 career games with 16 starts, all with Washington, since entering the NFL as a college free agent with the Redskins prior to the 2010 season.

Sundberg, 25, snapped in eight regular season games and one postseason game for the Redskins in 2012. Sundberg's play became national news after Week 1, in which he continued to snap in Washington's 40-32 win at New Orleans despite suffering a broken left arm.

Washington finished the year 8-0 in regular season games in which Sundberg played. Sundberg (6-0, 251) has appeared in 40 games with Washington since joining the team prior to the 2010 season.

Young, 25, was a vital piece of Washington's offensive attack that became the first in NFL history to register 3,400 passing yards and 2,700 rushing yards in a season in 2012.

He played in 16 games with eight starts in 2012, rushing 14 times for 60 yards and catching eight passes for 109 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

He helped block for running back Alfred Morris' team-record 1,613 rushing yards and Robert Griffin III's 815 rushing yards, the most by a rookie quarterback in league history.

Young (5-11, 251) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent linebacker with Washington prior to the 2009 season. He has appeared in 45 career games with 16 starts, all with Washington.




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