It's the end of a really, really entertaining era for the Redskins: Defensive lineman Chris Baker will sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to multiple reports.
And he's not the only Redskins free agent to leave for Tampa. DeSean Jackson will also join the Bucs, per reports.
Chris Baker 3-yr deal with Bucs...$6M+ per yr— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
Baker, who has played for Washington since 2011, was among the team's major free agents this offseason. The undrafted defensive lineman worked his way into a starting position for the Redskins in 2015 and 2016.
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Over the past two seasons, Baker has 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles, becoming a bright spot on an otherwise struggling front seven. He also became a fan favorite for his sense of humor and honesty with the media.
The decision to leave for Tampa Bay likely comes as a major disappointment for Baker. He spent much of the offseason campaigning on social media to re-sign with Washington.
A week ago, Baker posted an Instagram photo of himself and Redskins GM Scot McCloughan shaking hands in the locker room.
Much has changed in the intervening days for both men. A steady stream of reports from Redskins Park indicate McCloughan is on his way out of the organization and is no longer involved in decision-making.
Without Baker the Redskins are very thin along the defensive line. The team reportedly will sign former Cowboy Terrell McClain when free agency begins, but still lack big playmakers.
UPDATE 4:37 p.m.: Baker has confirmed he will be joining Tampa Bay.
I am excited to announce I am joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization! I can't wait to get to work with the team. It was a pleasure to play for the Washington Redskins for the past 6 seasons. Thank you to the organization for giving me a chance, to the fans and the community for the support. Washington will always hold a special place in my heart. #SwaggyToTampa #Let'sGoBucs