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Chris Baker Tendered Contract Offer By Redskins

The restricted free agent has been tendered a right-of-first-refusal contract offer, meaning he will remain under the Redskins’ control entering the 2013 season but could still end up playing elsewhere.


Chris Baker has been tendered a right-of-first-refusal contract offer as a restricted free agent, meaning if he plays for the Redskins next season, he’ll do so for $1.323 million.


“Man, it felt good, you know?” Baker said Monday by phone. “It was just a blessing coming true. I worked hard to come back from the [quadriceps] injury last year and played well with the minutes they gave me, and I’m happy that they were able to have me back with a nice tender.”

The 6-foot-2, 333-pound nose tackle’s contract was set to expire on Tuesday, when the new league year begins. Because Baker went undrafted out of Hampton in 2009, he was only eligible for the right-of-first-refusal offer, which means he can still negotiate with any other team willing to match, or exceed, his offer from the Redskins.

“I’m just gonna wait and see what my options are,” Baker said. “I’d like to be with the Redskins for another year, but if someone comes to me with another offer, I’m gonna have to make a business decision and see what I have to do.”

Baker played in all 16 games last season as Barry Cofield’s backup and finished with 15 tackles. The Redskins also have Ron Brace under contract for next season at $715,000, and Chris Neild, who tore the ACL in his left knee during training camp, will make $555,000 in the third year of his rookie contract.

The Redskins have now locked up five of their six pending restricted free agents for next season, either with new deals or contract tenders. Tight end Logan Paulsen, fullback Darrel Young and outside linebacker Rob Jackson agreed to terms on Saturday, while long snapper Nick Sundberg did so on Sunday. Receiver/return specialist Brandon Banks remains unsigned.

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