This might come as a surprise to Redskins fans who loved defensive lineman Chris Baker, but the team did not attempt to re-sign him.
A free agent who'd played in Washington since 2011, Baker had publically campaigned to finish out his career with the Redskins. That he ended up leaving to sign with the Buccaneers wasn't his fault, he said in a tweet.
I'll definitely miss all my teammates and fans but understand the @Redskins didn't want me back as crazy as that sounds but I love y'all ✌🏾— Chris Baker (@cbakerswaggy) March 9, 2017
It's not wise to rely solely on what players say about their own contract negotiations, but Baker's words echo two prior reports that the Redskins never made an offer to retain him.
On Chris Baker leaving D.C., told by source Redskins never made him an offer.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2017
Big Swaggy had been the bright spot on the Redskins' struggling defensive line the past two seasons, racking up 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles as a starter.
The defensive front was already a big weakness for Washington, which makes the decision to let Baker walk – creating another hole that needs to be filled – puzzling at first glance.
Tampa Bay inked Baker to a three-year deal worth around $6 million per year ($18 million total), according to Jason La Canfora.
McGee is set to make $25 million over five years, while McClain will get $21 million over four years.
Swaggy may be done in Washington, but he's taking teammate DeSean Jackson with him to the Buccaneers.