The Redskins have made a move in free agency regarding the offensive tackle position, but it's not the one you expect.
Washington has reportedly signed former Bears tackle Cornelius Lucas to a two-year contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal is worth $5.3 million.
The #Redskins are signing OT Cornelius Lucas on a 2-years, $5.3M deal, source said. Added depth on the offensive line.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2020
The move addresses the Redskins much-needed depth at offensive tackle.
Lucas spent the 2019 season with the Chicago Bears, appearing in all 16 games, starting eight of them. He made his first start in Week 3 against the Redskins at right tackle, a Chicago 31-15 victory over Washington.
An undrafted free agent in 2014, Lucas spent his first three seasons with the Detroit Lions before a stint with the Rams in 2017 and the Saints in 2018.
At 6-foot-8, 327 lbs., Lucas is one of the biggest offensive tackles in the sport. With Morgan Moses entrenched at right tackle, Lucas will likely serve as a depth tackle who can step up when needed, a similar role that Ty Nsekhe used to play in Washington.
On the other side of the offensive line, the Redskins left tackle situation is still in limbo. Washington is reportedly interested in bringing back Donald Penn, who started 15 games at the position a year ago.
Seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams, who held out all of the 2019 season, has been granted permission to seek a trade. 2018 third-round pick Geron Christian is the current starter at left tackle by default, but the team still has time in free agency and the draft to address the position.
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