Breaking the ice: Redskins sign free agent DE Kendall Reyes

The Redskins make their first free agent acquisition of the 2016 season by adding a defensive lineman

Further proof things have changed in Ashburn. Some 40 hours after the start of free agency, the Washington Redskins reportedly made their first outside signing with defensive end Kendall Reyes

The team confirmed the signing a couple hours later.

Reyes, 26, a former second round pick in the 2012 draft by the San Diego Chargers, adds depth to a position depleted by recent cuts. Current Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry was San Diego's linebackers coach during Reyes' stay in the West Coast, a connection that likely facilitated the signing. 

Reyes started the past three years and never missed a game due during his four NFL seasons. That kind of durability from a young player with solid measurables, 33 1/4'' arms, will provide a nice rotation piece in the trenches. He also comes at a fair price.

The Redskins released starter Jason Hatcher earlier in the week, leaving Chris BakerStephen Paea and Ricky Jean-Francois at end. Washington also re-signed Kedric Golston.

At 6-4 and 300 pounds, the University of Connecticut product is a true 3-4 end. Reyes' production has dropped off since his first two seasons of 10.5 sacks to just three over the past two years.

Reyes has totaled 129 career tackles, eight pass deflections, and one interception. His first two career sacks against future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. That performance would be followed up with a monster 3.5 sack game against the New York Jets in his rookie campaign.

In his lone performance against the Redskins back in 2013, Reyes recorded three tackles in a Washington win.

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