The Redskins acquired the former pro-bowler from the New Orleans Saints for a conditional fourth round pick. He was immediately placed in the starting lineup, playing in 15 games, starting 14 of them. Before the 2011 season, the Redskins re-signed Brown to a five-year, $20.25 million contract. He never lived up to the hype in Washington, suffering hip and groin injuries that would hinder his ability to see the field.
Brown was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the beginning of offseason training camp. He was eventually moved to the season ending PUP list after complications from hip surgery flared up. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Tyler Polumbus, and it remains a weak spot on the offensive line, and certainly a position that the Redskins will address in the offseason. The team drafted Tom Compton in the latter rounds of the '12 NFL Draft with hopes that he'd develop quickly and help fill the void Brown's injury left on the team.
Having the contract voided will save the Redskins $1.3 million on this year's salary cap, where the team is frantically trying to pinch pennies while dealing with an $18 million dollar penalty levied by the league last off-season.
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