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Redskins did not attempt to re-sign Chris Baker, according to Baker and others

Redskins did not attempt to re-sign Chris Baker, according to Baker and others

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. 

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. 

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

Meanwhile back in Ashburn, the Redskins signed two other defensive linemen, former Raider Stacy McGee and former Cowboy Terrell McClain

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. 

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Defensive lineman Chris Baker leaving Redskins, signing with Buccaneers

Defensive lineman Chris Baker leaving Redskins, signing with Buccaneers

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. 

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.

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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. 

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Report: Broncos, Buccaneers among the teams chasing Redskins DL Chris Baker

Report: Broncos, Buccaneers among the teams chasing Redskins DL Chris Baker

Redskins fans know that free agent defensive lineman Chris Baker will draw interest around the league.

A new report suggests two teams have emerged to chase Big Swaggy. 

A source with knowledge of the situation told CSN last week that while the Redskins had 'positive' discussions with Baker, as many as six teams across the NFL are interested in his services. 

Reports now show the Broncos have "strong interest" in the 'Skins best defensive lineman.

Over the last two seasons, Baker has logged 10.5 sacks and been strong against the run. Denver is also rumored to be in on the pursuit of Cardinals veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell, a potential Redskins target. 

Tampa's interest in Baker also makes sense, as the 'Skins veteran is a quality player that won't command top of the market money. The Bucs are also a strong candidate to sign Washington receiver DeSean Jackson.

Tampa QB Jameis Winston has openly talked about his desire to play with Jackson.

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