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Hello Big Phil, Goodbye Comp!

April 3, 2018
The Redskins brought back one of their own Tuesday and said goodbye to one of their home-grown success stories.

Washington re-signed Phil Taylor, as first reported by Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, to a one-year agreement. The team made the signing official via a press release.

Taylor was with the Redskins last off-season and in the preseason, when he tore his left quad in a preseason game against the Bengals to end his season before it even really started.

Taylor is listed at 6’3 and 343 pounds and gives the Redskins what they do not have, a true nose-tackle with NFL experience.

The problem? He hasn’t played in an NFL regular season game since 2014.

The move, will not preclude the Redskins from signing a potential veteran fit (Johnathan Hankins? Bennie Logan?) via free agency or in the draft (Vita Vea? Maurice Hurst?)

Washington’s run defense last year was abysmal, especially after rookie Jonathan Allen went out in a week five win. As a matter of fact, they were mostly terrific before Allen and others (Mason Foster, etc) were lost for the season, as we wrote about here

Overall, the Redskins allowed 134.1 rushing yards per game, worst in the NFL and 24.4 yards above the NFL average.

They allowed 4.55 yards per play (29 th in NFL) on the ground, almost a half-yard per play higher than the NFL average.

Their run defense was lousy in 2016 as well and has been for much of the last eight years. They’ve never truly invested in a stud at nose tackle since converting to a 3-4 defense in 2010.

Barry Cofield was signed in 2011, but he was a shoot-the-gap, disruptor from a 4-3 defense.

Clearly, the Redskins should not be counting on Taylor but he adds legitimate depth to a team that did not have anything at the position.

On the downside, the Redskins lost Will Compton via free agency to the Tennessee Titans. Compton was clearly not a top priority but was a possibility to return before officially leaving.

He told 106.7 the FAN's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Tuesday that the new Titans head coach, Mike Vrabel was an important connection for him.

Compton, a former Redskins defensive captain,  maxed out everything he did for the burgundy and gold and was the ultimate football IQ player and leader on the field.

Compton’s story of what he turned his NFL career into was a testament to the type of person he is.

The Redskins should be fine at inside linebacker with Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight and Zach Vigil all returning, but the locker room and environment just won’t be the same without the spirit and leadership of Compton.

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins, Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade for Monumental Sports Network (  Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN