The Washington Redskins retained two key offensive contributors Saturday by agreeing to three-year contracts with tight end Logan Paulsen and fullback Darrel Young.
Paulsen and Young were scheduled to be restricted free agents. Instead of tendering each of them a one-year qualifying offer, the minimum value of which is $1.3 million, the salary-cap strapped Redskins signed them to more cap-friendly long-term deals.
Paulsen’s contract is worth up to $7 million with incentives and escalators. It includes a $1.1 million signing bonus, and the third year could void depending on Paulsen’s playing time, according to a report by the National Football Post.
“I’m excited to be back,” Paulsen said by phone. “I really wanted to be back. I’m really glad they felt the same way. I just think there’s nothing but upside to this team. It’s such a good group of guys, a group of guys who enjoy playing the game and playing with each other. That was something that’s really important to me. I’m glad I can still be a part of it.”
Paulsen joined the Redskins in 2010, Mike Shanahan’s first season as coach. The undrafted free agent out of UCLA started 10 games last season, nine after first-stringer Fred Davis suffered a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon. He had 308 receiving yards and a touchdown on 25 catches. He is a capable blocker but admittedly battles inconsistency. Paulsen also plays special teams.
He wanted to remain with the Redskins to establish stability in his career.
“It’s incalculable,” he said. “In college I was part of five different offensive systems, and I never really had that kind of stability. I finally found a place where we ran the same offense pretty much three years in a row. Granted, this year it was a little different, but we still had our same stuff in.
“I think it really allows me to achieve a comfort level, not only with the system but with the coaches, and really understand what they want from me and their expectations. That was something that was really special, and having gotten a taste of that, I wanted it to continue.”
Young’s deal could be worth up to $6.2 million, and it includes a $1 million signing bonus, according a person who requested anonymity because the Redskins did not publicize the signing.
Shanahan converted Young, an undrafted free agent out of Villanova, from linebacker to fullback in 2010. He has been the Redskins’ first-string fullback each of the last two seasons. He started eight games in 2012.
Young averaged 4.3 yards on 14 carries last season. He also had 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions. He had five special teams tackles.
As of Saturday afternoon, linebacker Rob Jackson, long snapper Nick Sundberg, nose tackle Chris Baker and return specialist Brandon Banks were Washington’s remaining unsigned restricted free agents.