News broke late Saturday night that the Redskins would be keeping another offensive starter. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger announced via Twitter that he would be back with the team.
Just wanted to let Redskin Nation know I am going to be around for a while. Just agreed to terms on a deal!! HTTR— Kory Lichtensteiger (@Steiger78) March 10, 2013
Lichtenteiger's contract extension is a five year deal, a source confirmed to Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir. Financial details, however, weren't immediately known. Much contract news was made surrounding the Redskins during the last 24 hours, with deals reported for linebacker Rob Jackson, fullback Darrel Young and tight end Logan Paulsen.
Lichtensteiger was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. Instead, the Redskins will retain the 27-year-old guard out of Bowling Green.
Last season, Lichtensteiger started all 16 games as the Redskins won the NFC East crown. Considered by many to be the Redskins best run blocker, versatility is also a plus for Lichtensteiger, who can also line up and play center. In 2011 a right knee injury sidelined Lichtensteiger for the entire season. The Redskins named Lichtensteiger the Ed Block Courage Award winner for overcoming the injury and earning back his starting spot.
Cementing Lichtensteiger's contract should allow the Redskins to return at least four of five starting offensive linemen. Questions remain for right tackle Tyler Polumbus, who is also a pending free agent.