Redskins work to stay together 

February, 6, 2007
The Redskins made an interesting move Tuesday by extending the contract of right tackle Jon Jansen through 2011.

Financially, they gave him a five-year, $23 million contract that keeps him with the team through 2011. He had two years left on the contract. Included in the deal is $10 million in signing bonus money.

Strategically, the extension is a sign the Redskins are focusing on keeping their core players together. Owner Dan Snyder has always been generous with his players. He's also been very aggressive in free agency, often at the expense of building the team with draft choices. Tuesday's deal with Jansen may be a sign the Redskins are making sure to take care of their own before going out and getting players from outside the organization.