Report: DT Cofield agrees to terms with Redskins

Posted July 27, 2011 @ 12:30 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

DT Barry Cofield will have a new team in the same division in 2011, as he has agreed to terms with the Redskins.

Fox31's Josina Anderson first reported the move Tuesday evening. Cofield, who is entering his sixth season in the NFL, has started 78 games. He has 10½ career sacks.

On Monday, Cofield told The Star-Ledger that he didn't expect to get a fair deal from the Giants.

"Hopefully I'll get fair-market value that other quality starters get. From what I'm hearing, I don't think the Giants can pay that amount," he said. "If they were competitive, absolutely. But to say I'd take an unfair contract or be willing to be paid less than that, no way I'm going to do that."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Cofield signed a six-year deal. The contract will be made official on Friday.

The way we see it

Cofield essentially will end up replacing Albert Haynesworth, but it's not exactly clear how the Redskins will use their new piece. In New York, the Giants used Cofield as an inside rusher in their 4-3 base scheme, but the Redskins only use four-man fronts on third downs and obvious passing situations. On first down, you probably won't see Cofield — who plays at a shade over 300 pounds — on the nose, although he could moonlight there. Instead, expect to see him in a five-technique role, perhaps on the weak side where Vonnie Holliday mostly played last season. Cofield is more of a penetrator than a burly run stopper. Nose tackle remains a spot of question.