Chris Baker is a Redskins success story. He joined the team in 2012, and in various stints on the practice squad and in a backup role, did not record a tackle for the team until the 2013 season. Over time, Baker continued to work hard and build a career in Washington, and his stats improved, until a breakout season in 2015.
Last year, Baker started 11 games and logged six sacks, an impressive feat for an interior defensive lineman. Further, Baker proved he could be a force on the D-line, and is poised for a bigger season in 2016.
"I think I'm capable of 10 plus sacks," Baker told CSN in a recent Facebook Live broadcast.
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That's where things get interesting, because if Baker gets to double digit sacks, his price tag will jump. This fall marks the final season of a three-year, $9 million deal the former Hampton Pirate signed in 2014. And considering the Redskins just locked up tight end Jordan Reed with a nearly $50 million deal, and the long-term status of QB Kirk Cousins remains very much in the air, it's natural to question how much money will be around for Baker.
Baker said he hasn't talked with Redskins GM Scot McCloughan about his contract - except for a hysterical moment during Josh Norman's introduction press conference where Baker asked the GM what money might be left over. (Full video above)
"I'm letting my agent take care of it," Baker said. "I would love to get a deal done to keep me here for the next coming years so I can finish my career as a Redskin."
Baker did not seem worried about playing in a contract year.
"You gotta let the business take care of the business."
"If you go out and you’re producing," the man known as Swaggy said, "they’re gonna keep me."