The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent linebacker Zach Brown, pending a physical, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
Brown played the first four years of his career for the Tennessee Titans, then joined the Buffalo Bills on a one-year, $1.25 million deal last April.
Originally slated to be a backup, Brown was elevated to a starting role when Bills 2016 second-round pick Reggie Ragland tore his ACL in training camp. Brown started all 16 games last season, recording four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles and was named to his first Pro Bowl.
The Redskins primary focus during the offseason has been trying to improve a defense that ranked 32nd on third downs last season. Brown has been considered good at defending the pass. The Redskins do return one starting inside linebacker in Mason Foster and their other starter, Will Compton, is a restricted free agent. Compton has yet to sign his offer sheet.
The Redskins previously have added three players on defense expected to start this season: linemen Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee and safety D.J. Swearinger.
Brown was also reportedly considered signing with the Dolphins, Raiders and Bills, all with whom he’s visited over the past three weeks.