Redskins make low-key 1st FA signing, add OL Hicks

The Washington Redskins made their first move in the free agent

market Saturday with a low-key addition, signing offensive lineman

Artis Hicks to a three-year deal that could be worth as much as $9

million.

Hicks can play guard or tackle, and the Redskins need both

following the retirement of left tackle Chris Samuels and the

release of right guard Randy Thomas. Hicks spent his four years

with Philadelphia and the last four with Minnesota. He’s mostly

been a backup in recent years, starting only 13 games over the last

three seasons with the Vikings.

The move lacks the big-money pizzaz of Redskins free agency

signings of years past, consistent with the measured approach taken

by the new brain trust of coach Mike Shanahan and general manager

Bruce Allen. Hicks has been a regular starter for three of his

eight years in the NFL, and that alone makes him a contender for a

place along the Redskins’ starting five.

The Redskins have targeted several offensive lineman since free

agency opened Friday morning, including Chad Clifton and Tony

Pashos. Clifton, however, decided to re-sign with Green Bay.