Zach Brown returns to Washington Redskins on three-year deal: Reports

March 15, 2018 GMT

The Washington Redskins have re-signed leading tackler Zach Brown to a three-year contract worth a maximum of $24 million, according to reports.

Brown, an inside linebacker, played 2017 on a one-year contract worth just $2.3 million in his first year in Washington. He started his NFL career with four seasons in Tennessee and one in Buffalo.

Brown led the Redskins with 127 tackles last year, the ninth-best mark in the NFL. It was his second straight season of triple-digit tackles despite missing the final three games with a foot injury.

He also recorded 2.5 sacks and two pass deflections.

Brown is just the second free agent the Redskins have retained this year, after kicker Dustin Hopkins re-upped with the team. In addition to Kirk Cousins, the list of free agent departures includes Bashaud Breeland to Carolina, Trent Murphy to Buffalo, Niles Paul to Jacksonville and Spencer Long to the New York Jets.

There were rumors that the Oakland Raiders had interest in signing Brown, who is regarded league-wide as a top run-stopping linebacker.