Washington Grabs Giants FA DL Barry Cofield

Via our friends at CSNWashington.com:

According to a Denver television report, the Redskins reached a six-year contract agreement with former Giants defensive lineman Barry Cofield.

Free agents can’t sign their prospective deals until Friday night.

Although Cofield played in a 4-3 scheme with the Giants, the Redskins thought enough of him to give him a reported $12.5 million to potentially anchor the nose tackle spot in a 3-4 scheme, a question mark considering his 6-foot-3, 305-pound listed frame.

Cofield was one of the free agents rumored to be linked to the Redskins “wish list” in free agency, although probably not as often as some of the other big name agents have been.

As mentioned, it remains to be seen whether the Redskins plan to use Cofield at nose tackle (assuming the report is true) – he does appear to be a bit undersized, compared to the prototypical nose tackle – or whether he’ll man one of the defensive end spots in the 3-4 alignment.

Updated: It looks like the deal is essentially official, with everyone just basically waiting for the ink to dry. It looks like a six-year deal worth $36 million, with the aforementioned $12.5 million being guaranteed.

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