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Artis Hicks agrees to three-year deal with Redskins

The Washington Redskins and free agent guard Artis Hicks have reached a contract agreement.

PFT’s Mike Florio reports that the Redskins and Hicks, who played the last four years for the Vikings, have agreed on a three-year deal.

For the Vikings, it’s the second straight day that they’ve lost an unrestricted free agent, following the departure of running back Chester Taylor on Friday. As one of the final four teams (along with the Saints, Colts and Jets), the Vikings can only sign as many unrestricted free agents as they lose, so Minnesota could now add two unrestricted free agents.

For the Redskins, the signing of Hicks is the latest reminder that -- contrary to the expectations of some -- they’re not going hog wild spending Daniel Snyder’s money on big-name free agents in an uncapped year. Coach Mike Shanahan would rather build for the long run by adding solid veterans like Hicks, rather than try to put together an all-star team of high-priced free agents.