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Two days after the Oakland Raiders were considered in the driver’s seat to sign linebacker Zach Brown, Brown signed a paltry one-year deal with the Washington Redskins worth $4.65 million, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
It was initially reported that Brown was looking for at least $6 million per year, but despite his second-best tackle total in the NFL in 2016, the market wasn’t there for the inside linebacker.
For Washington owner Dan Snyder (who has very deep pockets), to only have to pony up $4.65 million to secure Brown is surprising as well as telling of how Oakland gauged his value.
The Raiders featured inside linebackers Malcolm Smith and Perry Riley Jr. in 2016. However, the team let Smith walk uncontested due to his inflated stats and appear not sold on bringing Riley back for unknown reasons at this point.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will now likely turn his attention the draft at the end of April in order to fill this significant void in Oakland’s No. 26 ranked defense.