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Kory Lichtensteiger Agrees To Five-Year Contract

The starting left guard was set to become an unrestricted free agent, meaning the Redskins will return at least four of their five starting offensive linemen from the 2012 season.


Kory Lichtensteiger, set to become an unrestricted free agent when his contract expired on Tuesday, agreed in principle to a new contract with the Redskins late Saturday night.


Lichtensteiger announced on Twitter at 10:12 p.m. that he had agreed to terms on the contract, which, according to multiple reports, is for five years. The financial terms of the deal are unknown.

The 6-foot-2, 284-pound lineman took over as the Redskins’ starting left guard upon Mike Shanahan’s arrival in 2010, and the head coach has repeatedly referred to Lichtensteiger as the team’s best run blocker.

He started all 16 games in 2012, making his return for the season opener after undergoing surgery to repair multiple torn ligaments in his right knee midway through the 2011 season.

Lichtensteiger’s signing ensures that the Redskins will have at least four of their starting offensive linemen under contract next season. Tyler Polumbus, the Redskins’ starting right tackle, is also set to become an unrestricted free agent, but his standing with the team is uncertain.

The Redskins also agreed to deals with tight end Logan Paulsen, fullback Darrel Young and outside linebacker Rob Jackson on Saturday.