The Redskins made another signing in free agency on Monday similar to the previous moves the team has made thus far: prioritizing depth.
Washington has re-signed defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, the team announced in a statement on Monday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by Washington, but The Athletic's Ben Standig reports it's a one year deal.
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Brantley, originally a sixth-round pick of the Browns in 2017, has spent the past two seasons with the Burgundy and Gold. The 25-year-old played in just one game a season ago, landing on Injured Reserve with a foot injury. He appeared in seven contests with the Redskins in 2018, mainly as a special teams player.
With Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis as mainstays along the defensive line, Brantley wasn't expected to play the majority of snaps a year ago. But entering the season, Brantley was well-liked by the former Redskins regime and seen as a valuable rotational piece. He played just eight defensive snaps in a Week 1 loss to the Eagles before suffering his season-ending foot injury.
By re-signing him, head coach Ron Rivera must have seen enough from Brantley to give him another shot. With Tim Settle likely entrenched as the team's fourth defensive lineman, Brantley will presumably battle with Ryan Bee and a few others for the fifth, and likely final, defensive line spot on the roster.
Brantley has played in 20 games over his NFL career, recording 21 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.
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