The Redskins announced Tuesday that they've signed running back Chris Thompson to a contract extension. The terms of the deal have yet to be reported.
Thompson, 26, enters the 2017 season as the veteran of the running backs group after having carved out more of a role for himself in every year.
After being drafted by the Redskins in 2013, the Florida State product has worked his way up from the practice squad to a regular contributor, excelling as a pass-catching option on third down.
He finished 2016 season with a career-high 49 catches for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Head coach Jay Gruden has been vocal in praise of Thompson this summer. Via Redskins.com:
“He’s a very valuable commodity to our football team, both in pass protection and getting out on the routes. I mean, the thought of him not being around scares the heck out of me," Gruden said.
“His vision on the running game and his pass protection has gotten better and better, and his routes, really, are the most improved, I think, coming out of the backfield.”
Thompson celebrated the news on social media, thanking the Redskins and reminding fans of his against-all-odds path to success in the NFL.
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Y'all got a minute? Well I do. Broken back, torn acl in back to back college years. Agents stopped calling me, wouldn't return my calls but one man took a shot on me. Got to the league and shoulder surgery right away. Slim to none chance for me to make it at all in this league and today I've signed my second contract. God is so good to me and I don't even know why. Thank you God, thank you Redskins for believing in me and special thanks to my agent @jchay75 for taking a chance on me.
UPDATE: Thompson's extension is for two years and will run through the 2019 season, according to Master Tesfatsion of The Washington Post.