The Washington Redskins announced Wednesday the signing of former Ravens and Panthers defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu to a two-year contract. The contract is worth $7 million but little of it is guaranteed because of Kemoeatu's injury status, according to The Washington Post.
The 6-5, 345-pound Kemoeatu is returning from tearing his Achilles' tendon in last year's training camp with the Panthers. He apparently passed a physical with the Redskins, but he's not expected to take the field before training camp. General manager Bruce Allen and coach Mike Shanahan decided to lock up Kemoeatu before he could meet with the Seahawks and Saints.
And as long as the contract is full of incentives, this sounds like a smart deal. You don't often find enormous nose tackles such as Kemoeatu on the street, and obviously, his injury is what makes him a risk. But if you think there's a decent chance he can recover from the serious injury, it's probably worth the relatively low financial risk. Kemoeatu's presence would allow Albert Haynesworth to slide outside and play defensive end in Jim Haslett's new 3-4.
In other news, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that former Chiefs Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson will visit Redskins Park on Thursday.