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Zach Brown made a Pro Bowl, so now he wants defensive MVP

June 1st, 2017 at 12:04 PM
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ASHBURN รข?? Back in April, then-free agent Zach Brown sat down with Redskins coach Jay Gruden during his visit with the team. Brown immediately felt comfortable with Gruden, who told him that, in Washington, he could be himself.

“I just want you to come here and play football,” Gruden told Brown. “We’re not going to try to control you, not treat you like a robot when you’re on the field.”

It was an effective message.

“I’m listening to him like that’s what I wanted to hear,” Brown said. “You had me at the robot.”

Brown has big goals for himself. A Pro Bowl season in 2016 didn’t result in a long-term payday for the inside linebacker, who is playing on a one-year contract worth up to $2.55 million with $700,000 guaranteed, in Washington. To Brown, that means it’s time to do even more.

“I want to win the defensive MVP,” Brown said Wednesday, coming off the field inside the Redskins’ white practice bubble following a session of position and team drills.

As was the case last week, when the Redskins began organized team activities, Mason Foster and Will Compton started with the first team at inside linebacker. Brown played with the …

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