Inside linebacker Will Compton signed his low-round restricted free agent tender, the Washington Redskins announced Monday. This comes days after the team officially announced the re-signing of their other restricted free agent from this offseason, running back Chris Thompson, and ahead of 2017 NFL Draft.
Compton started 15 games for Washington last season and finished with 103 total tackles and five passes defended. The Redskins recently signed another inside linebacker in Zach Brown and many pundits believe they could dip into the linebacker pool with their first round pick on Thursday as well. Should that happen, and with Mason Foster still in the mix, Washington will have quite a bit of competition for two starting spots in training camp.
Compton may have a slight edge in terms of maintaining his starting spot because he is the incumbent and also was the defensive unit's play caller. That said, he is not the most athletic player, which highlights when he is out of position, and could explain why the Redskins are putting together other options.
For Thompson, he is a third-down, change of pace running back that has been given praises by Jay Gruden and company for his contribution in the pass protection and receiving game. It was seemingly a no-brainer to bring back the 5-foot-8 back, but now even the running back room is full.
Robert Kelley is theoretically the incumbent after finishing the season as the workhorse, but Gruden has alluded that Matt Jones will not be given up on. Moreover, the team still has speedster Keith Marshall on the team who could earn a roster spot should he be fully healthy after last year's season-ending elbow injury. Adding a fifth running back in the first round may not be taken well by the fans that feel that defense is a more pressing need.
Team president Bruce Allen has discussed the team's draft board will dictate who the Redskins select with the No. 17 pick on Thursday and Director of College Scouting Scott Campbell alluded as much during his availability on Monday.
The remaining Redskins free agents that have neither re-signed with Washington or signed with another team this offseason include Kedric Golston, Duke Ihenacho, Cullen Jenkins, Greg Toler, and Donte Whitner.
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