Redskins bag Brown with new contract

Liinebacker Zach Brown.
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LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – By re-signing their leading tackler, the Redskins tackle a top offseason priority.

Thursday, the Redskins re-sign linebacker Zach Brown – an unrestricted free agent. Last season, Brown led the Redskins with 127 tackles – despite playing in just 13 games.

Ian Rapoport reports the contract is a three-year deal worth a max total of $24 million.

Brown (6-1, 251) originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (No. 52 overall) of the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 NFL Draft. In six NFL seasons with the Titans (2012-15), Buffalo Bills (2016) and Redskins (2017), Brown has appeared in 78 career regular season games with 62 starts, compiling 535 career tackles (375 solo), 19 passes defensed, 16.5 sacks, seven interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns), four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Brown played collegiately at North Carolina, starting 23 of the 47 games in which he appeared for the Tar Heels. He recorded 230 career tackles (19 for loss), seven interceptions, 5.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Brown, 28, attended Wilde Lake H.S. in Columbia, Md., where he earned All-Howard County honors as a senior after rushing for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns in addition to collecting more than 90 solo tackles. He was born Oct. 23, 1989.