And they did something many said they often fail to do: they took care of one of their own.
Jansen signed a new five-year deal worth $23 million with a $10 million bonus, keeping him in Washington through the 2011 season.
The two sides first started discussing a new deal this past summer, when coach Joe Gibbs flew to Michigan to speak with Jansen. The right tackle expressed his desire for a new deal -- his old deal would have expired after the 2008 season.
Jansen's desire was to remain in Washington for the remainder of his career. He's often talked publicly and privately about wanting that to happen. He's happy in Washington, despite enduring mostly non-playoff seasons since joining the Redskins as a second-round pick in 1999.
"He's a throwback," Jansen's agent, Rick Smith, said. "Loyalty is everything to him. He had a chance to go to a different team when he did his second contract and he chose not to do it. It's important to win a championship with this group of guys. He feels a part of that family."
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