(UPDATED at 8:14 a.m. on Monday, 8/1)
Redskins free agent right tackle Jammal Brown confirmed an ESPN report that he has agreed with the team on a new five-year contract.
The deal is worth $27.5 million with $8.25 million guaranteed, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
“From what I recall, before we broke out last year, [coach Mike] Shanahan told me he wanted me back,” Brown said by phone Sunday evening. “He liked how I finished . He liked my toughness. He wants to bring me back. That’s how that ended, and he lived up to every word. He did what he had to do to get me back in here, and I’m here.”
Brown, 30, started 14 games and played in 15 for Washington last season after arriving in a June trade from New Orleans. He missed all of 2009 while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. His play for the Redskins improved in midseason as he gradually overcame some lingering effects of the surgery, such as scar tissue problems.
“They understood the situation and the type of surgery I had and just getting back into it was going to be a little slow,” Brown said. “After talking to the doctors and what not, the scar tissue that built up and just coming off of that type of surgery, they were just patient with me.
“Midway through the season, I started feeling like my old self. I started feeling more comfortable and fluid with my body, and things worked out. Those last seven or eight games were real good games, especially my game down in Dallas. I felt like I played really well.”
Brown rejoins the Redskins as one of three members of the projected first-string offensive line that played college ball at the University of Oklahoma.
“Going into this year, coming from Oklahoma, a program where we win, Trent played in essential games,” Brown said. “Chris Chester played in essential games. And I have, too. Coming from a place where we all win, we want to come in here and win. That’s the most important thing—to come in here and win a Super Bowl.”
Brown said he chose Washington over other interested teams, including Arizona, Kansas City and Chicago. He already is in Northern Virginia, so he expects to join the team Monday and begin practicing when free agents are permitted on Thursday.
“I finished good last year, but I think I finished just a little-bit-above-average player,” he said. “I think of myself as a real good player. I feel that I still have to prove everything I can do on the field, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
The Redskins on Sunday evening also acquired Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower in a trade. Washington traded veteran defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday and an undisclosed draft pick. ESPN reported that the pick is conditional based on Hightower’s playing time.