Washington Redskins Sign DE Stephen Bowen To Five-Year Contract, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have signed defensive lineman Stephen Bowen from the Cowboys to a five-year, $27.5 million contract, with $12.5 million guaranteed, according to a report.

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Washington Redskins Sign Stephen Bowen, Likely End Pursuit Of Cullen Jenkins

The Washington Redskins' decision to sign Dallas Cowboys defensive end Stephen Bowen to a reported five-year, $27.5 million contract with $12.5 million guaranteed likely means that they will not be signing Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins, listed as the top defensive end on the market by several, was targeted by the Redskins, but it looks like that has ended.

A report by Pro Football Talk suggests the Redskins had a handshake deal in place with Jenkins, but changed their mind and signed Bowen instead. However, two local reporters -- Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan and Mike Jones of the Washington Post -- tweeted that the Redskins never made Jenkins a formal offer.

In any event, it looks like the Redskins have chosen the cheaper option over signing Jenkins. Time will tell if that was the right decision.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. For all your NFL free agency rumors, visit that StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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Washington Redskins Sign DE Stephen Bowen To Five-Year Contract, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have signed a defensive end, just not the one many expected. Despite being rumored to be in the lead for Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins, the Redskins have instead signed Dallas Cowboys defensive end Stephen Bowen to a five-year contract. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is for $27.5 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed.

Bowen is not the player Jenkins is. He has only started 11 games in his career, nine of which came last season. For his career, he has 5.5 sacks in five seasons. There's a chance he could start at one end opposite Adam Carriker, or he could push Carriker and newcomer Barry Cofield for playing time.

At the very least, the Redskins have once again shown they are not going to break the bank for the top option on the market when a cheaper alternative presents itself.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. For all your NFL free agency rumors, visit that StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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