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Redskins keeping Santana Moss, agree to terms with two others

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Washington Redskins began their free agent spending on Tuesday by reuniting with an old face and agreeing to terms with two new names.

Wide receiver Santana Moss, right guard Shawn Lauvao and inside linebacker Adam Hayward each agreed to contracts with the Redskins in the minutes following the 4 p.m. start to the new league year.

Moss, who spent the last nine seasons with the Redskins, agreed to a one-year contract to return to the team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Financial terms were not immediately available.

The agreement with Lauvao, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, was announced by his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, on Twitter. According to multiple reports, Lauvao will be signing a four-year deal worth $17 million.

Hayward, who spent the last seven years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will report to Redskins Park in the coming days and will sign a three-year contract assuming he passes a physical, according to his agent, Derrick Fox.

Moss's signing comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering he will turn 35 in June, but he was consistent the last two years following a full-time move to slot receiver in 2012. He surpassed 7,500 receiving yards with the Redskins and moved into third place in team history with 571 catches last season.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Lauvao, 26, started 11 games for the Browns last season, missing the first four after sustaining a high left ankle sprain during the second week of training camp. An adept run blocker, Lauvao was drafted in the third round out of Arizona State in 2010 and started all 16 games in 2011 and 2012.

Hayward, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker, has been a spot starter for the Buccaneers and played in all 16 games over the last four seasons. He had 25 tackles last season and had a career-high 32 tackles in 2011.

Washington was also linked earlier in the day to wide receiver Andre Roberts, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, and multiple outlets reported that Roberts agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract with the Redskins. But a person familiar with the situation told The Washington Times on Tuesday afternoon that nothing had yet been finalized with the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Roberts.

Earlier in the day, the Redskins announced they had signed inside linebacker Perry Riley to a new contract. Riley, 25, led the team with 115 tackles last season and is expected to take over as the mike linebacker following the retirement of London Fletcher.

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