The Redskins reached an agreement to extend offensive lineman Morgan Moses for 5 years beginning in 2018, which will reportedly make him the second highest paid right tackle in the NFL.
Moses joined the team originally as a third-round pick in the 2014 draft, earning a starting spot in his second season. His emergence has allowed the team to move first-round pick Brandon Scherff to guard, and solidified their 7th ranked offensive line last season.
The move locks up another potential free agent for next year’s offseason, and allows the Redskins to focus on other areas in the draft.
The offensive line will face more uncertainty next offseason as center Spencer Long and left guard Shawn Lauvao are entering the final year of their contracts. They may be overshadowed though by quarterback Kirk Cousins and receiver Terrelle Pryor as the Redskins rush to resign some of their key players, and many others they have brought in on a 1-year prove it deal.
The Redskins also will have eight defensive players who could be unrestricted free agents in 2018, including cornerback Bashaud Breeland and linebackers Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Will Compton and Trent Murphy.
With the reemergence of left tackle Trent Williams, and the upgrade at center with Long, the Redskins offensive line was actually a positive force on the team’s success last year. The extension of Moses is the first step in resettling this group, and ensuring that one large building piece is in place for years to come.
The Redskins ranked third tied with the New York Giants having allowed only 1.4 sacks per game last season, and gave up only 23 sacks for the year. An impressive stat when you consider that the team ranked seventh in the league in passing attempts per game with 37.9.
Morgan Moses has started all 32 games for the team in the last two seasons.
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