A third-round pick in 2014, Morgan Moses emerged in 2016 as one of the best right tackles in the NFL. Knowing that, the Redskins scured a five-year contract extension with Moses that will pay $40 million.
A lot of cash. In fact, he's now among the highest-paid right tackles in football. He landed behind only two other tackles, Philadelphia's Lane Johnson and Detroit's Ricky Wagner, in total value of their deal.
Quantifying tackle play is not always easy, especially for the guys that aren't protecting a quarterback's blind side. Pro Football Focus dug into the numbers, and actually determined that Moses was the Redskins "secret superstar."
Moses has steadily improved each season in the league, and last year ended the season with a PFF grade of 85.1 overall, good enough to rank eighth among right tackles. Moses graded well as both a run-blocker and pass protector last season and had nine games in which he didn’t allow a sack or hit on the QB.
What those numbers don't display is that Moses suffered a significant foot injury in London playing against the Bengals. With Trent Williams suspended for four contests following that game, Moses played through the pain to give his team their best chance at winning.
Only 26, Moses' new contract might look like a bargain two seasons from now. With Williams and Moses, the Redskins have arguably the best tackle tandem in the NFL.
Don't forget, too, that Moses' play in 2015 saved the organization from a pretty big draft flop. Brandon Scherff was selected fifth overall in the 2015 Draft and expected to take over the right tackle spot, despite many scouts projecting him as a guard. Ends up, Scherff was a great guard, and subpar as a tackle.
Without Moses to play right tackle, however, Scherff would have been forced to stay on the outside. Now, Scherff and Moses form a strong right side of the Redskins offensive line.
Given one gigantic exception in Kirk Cousins, the Redskins have successfully taken care of home-grown players before they get to free agency. Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed all got deals before they hit the open market. Add Moses to that list, and understand why too.
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