Source: Redskins open negotiations with DE Chris Baker

Source: Redskins open negotiations with DE Chris Baker
February 5, 2014, 12:15 pm
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The Redskins have opened talks with Chris Baker’s camp about a contract extension, a source told CSNWashington.com. 

The team and Baker’s representative met on Tuesday, the source said. Baker, who earned $1.3 million in 2013, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next month.

Two weeks ago, Baker was one of four players defensive coordinator Jim Haslett mentioned by name when asked which pending free agents were a priority to re-sign this offseason. Haslett, speaking at the Senior Bowl, also named Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley and DeAngelo Hall—all of whom are also reportedly in the early stages of discussing extensions with the team.

Baker, 26, played primarily as a backup nose tackle early last season but started the final three games of the campaign at defensive end, recording a career-high seven tackles and three stuffs in the finale vs. the Giants. Depending on the health of Stephen Bowen (knee) and Adam Carriker (quad tendon), Baker could be in line for a more substantial role as an end in 2014.