Ryan O'Halloran reported this morning that the Redskins have agreed to terms with Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield. The deal is for 6 years.
Cofield played in a 4-3 defensive scheme for the Giants and will have to make the transition to a 3-4 scheme. The Redskins have plans for him to be able to anchor the defense at nose tackle.
In 5 seasons with the Giants Cofield has tallied 10.5 sacks and 155 tackles. He also started 78 out of 79 games, a sign of his toughness and durability, something that the Redskins have lacked at nose tackle. Look for the transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense to be rough at first, but by the end of the season the Redskins should have a fierce defensive front.