Washington Redskins sign DE Stephen Paea

Paea was Pro Football Focus’ 11th ranked defensive tackle in 2014, but he was a one-year wonder as the 2011 2nd round pick graded out below average in each of his first 3 seasons in the NFL from 2011-2013. That being said, this deal is an appropriate value for him, as it pays him just 21 million over 4 years, though with 15 million guaranteed. If Paea regresses in 2015 and beyond, it’s not a huge risk and if he keeps up his strong play from 2014, he’d be one of the more underpaid players in the NFL. He also fills an obvious need for the Redskins on their defensive line. My only concern with this deal (aside from the large percentage of this deal that’s guaranteed) is that Washington runs a 3-4 defense and Paea, a 6-1 300 pound one-gap penetrator, wouldn’t seem to be a natural fit for the scheme. Paea’s former team, the Bears, is switching to a 3-4 this off-season and didn’t have much interest in bringing him back.

Grade: A-

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