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
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.