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Redskins sign guard-tackle Hicks

[UPDATED 11:17 p.m.]

The Redskins on Saturday took a step toward addressing their major problems along the offensive line, signing former Minnesota Vikings guard/tackle Artis Hicks to a three-year contract.

Hicks, a versatile lineman who spent the past four seasons with Minnesota, received about $3 million in guaranteed money as part of a deal that could be worth as much as $9 million, according to a league source. The Redskins did not disclose terms of the deal.

Hicks, 31, is the first unrestricted free agent from another team to have reached an agreement with the Redskins. The team expressed interest in the eight-year veteran, listed at 6 feet 4, 335 pounds, because of his experience and versatility. Hicks, who began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, has started 58 games.

While serving as the primary backup at guard and tackle for the Vikings last season, Hicks appeared in every game and started twice at right guard and once at right tackle. He is expected to compete to start at right guard for the Redskins next season.

"That's what they've mentioned," said Hicks's agent, JR Rickert. "He hasn't been guaranteed anything. He's being brought in to compete on the offensive line. But they've talked about right guard."

The Redskins had a revolving door at the position last season. Longtime right guard Randy Thomas suffered a season-ending triceps injury in the second game against the St. Louis Rams.
The team then turned to second-year player Chad Rinehart, who struggled on run blocking, prompting the coaching staff to demote Rinehart after two starts in favor of Will Montgomery. Rinehart later reclaimed a spot with the first team before fracturing his right leg in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Rookie offensive lineman Edwin Williams also started at the position, as did converted veteran tackle Mike Williams. The Redskins this week re-signed Mike Williams, who provided a physical presence at the position, and he could be Hicks's main competition to start at right guard.

By Jason Reid  |  March 6, 2010; 8:13 PM ET
Categories:  Free agency , Jason Reid  | Tags: Artis Hicks, Redskins, free agency, offensive line  
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This from 106.7 the fan

#Redskins will visit in Ashburn with UFA Nose Tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu on Tuesday according to #NFL Source. Ideal 3-4 2-gap plugger. #Skins
12 minutes ago via web

Posted by: TWISI | March 6, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

other places saying we signed pashos too

Posted by: dbuggs | March 6, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not familiar with this guy, but at least he's an OL. Keep bringing 'em in!

Posted by: humen8r | March 6, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

now they are changing their mind and saying pashos off to cleveland for a visit

Posted by: dbuggs | March 6, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

for those who don't know the only signing that we are sure about is this one the other one that has been talked about did not happen and that person is on his way to visit the Browns

Posted by: joevick2 | March 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

#Redskins will visit in Ashburn with UFA Nose Tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu on Tuesday according to #NFL Source. Ideal 3-4 2-gap plugger. #Skins
12 minutes ago via web

Posted by: TWISI | March 6, 2010 8:18 PM |

Skins need a sumo Samoan. Haven't had one since Joe Sal left.

Posted by: ArcticCat | March 6, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Seems the skins are looking for lunchpail types for their Olines. If memory serves, sorta like the Hogs started out. With the end result of a cohesive unit working together to eventually become formidable.

Then I think through draft, they get a few star types (i.e. QB, RB, RCVR, FS, SS, CB, etc). Of course not all in one draft.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | March 6, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Pashos left to visit Clevelnad without signing...

per RickMaese...
"Pashos deal def not done. Sorry about the bad information. He's definietly headed to Cleveland. He left with no deal in place".

Posted by: ezdoesit74 | March 6, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

disappointed pashos didnt sign tonight...we could of had a formidable right side of the line with hicks and pashos

i guess we will have to wait and see

with the amount of money given to hicks (max 9 mill over 3 yrs)...is it safe to assume he is going to be the skins new starting RG?

Posted by: AhsanFamily | March 6, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Putting out another ABP.. ANYBODY but Portis!!

Posted by: iubiquity | March 6, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm watchin the Magic/Bird documentary on HBO...

CLASSIC!!!!

Damn...I miss them!!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 6, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a lot of money to give Hicks. He is 31 and he hasnt been a starter in 4 years.

Posted by: BenchCampbell | March 6, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=4325


Since his bio wasn't posted...

9 year vet, stop gap lineman that will probably battle for the RG spot and can swing to RT if needed.

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 6, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

disappointed pashos didnt sign tonight...we could of had a formidable right side of the line with hicks and pashos
Posted by: AhsanFamily | March 6, 2010 8:35 PM

I'm disappointed too. I would say it would have given us some depth and a serviceable OL...formidable is a stretch.

They need to use at least 2 of their 5 picks on the OL and preferably the first 2.
1st LT Okung (unless Det screws us.
2nd OG/RT Ducasse

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 6, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a lot of money to give Hicks. He is 31 and he hasnt been a starter in 4 years.

Posted by: BenchCampbell | March 6, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

At this time last year, we'd already given 100 million with a 21 million dollar signing bonus....

I'll take it!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 6, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone of our tendered players received any interest at all? I'd love to get a few more picks in this draft, but fear we don't have anyone worthy of another team giving up their picks.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | March 6, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a lot of money to give Hicks. He is 31 and he hasnt been a starter in 4 years.

Posted by: BenchCampbell | March 6, 2010 8:41 PM |

Really? I thought it was a good deal both ways. What's the average $$ for a starting guard. The way I look at it is that 3 mil is a high level RFA tender, except the Skins have him tied up for three years instead of one.

Posted by: TWISI | March 6, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

So we didn't sign Pashos because the money he wanted didn't equal the value he was worth? Wow, Dan must really not be in charge of negotiating?

Posted by: will_ga | March 6, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

disappointed pashos didnt sign tonight...we could of had a formidable right side of the line with hicks and pashos

i guess we will have to wait and see


Posted by: AhsanFamily | March 6, 2010 8:35 PM


Lets not fool ourselves here. The guys they are looking at arent exactly all pros. Hicks and Sims are probably headed toward the end of their careers and Pashos is coming off of IR. (I know Sims and Pashos arent signed) They may start but I think the FO is hoping some of the incumbents like Rhino will beat these guys out for jobs. More than anything they want guys with NFL experience. I like to think that the line is far from a finished product. These moves hopefully are just to establish depth and maybe to foster competion from young guys they are going to bring in.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 6, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

They need to use at least 2 of their 5 picks on the OL and preferably the first 2.
1st LT Okung (unless Det screws us.
2nd OG/RT Ducasse


Posted by: Diesel44 | March 6, 2010 8:45 PM |

Hey, doubt they are sniffing around the likes of Pash, Clif, Wieg, Hick, etc. prelim to drafting Okung and Ducasse.

Posted by: ArcticCat | March 6, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the one thing we all saw last season is that you need depth on the line. Every experienced guy they sign and prospect they hopefully draft is building the foundation for something good. There isn't a Steve Hutchinson or a young Orlando Pace out there this year.

Will anyone be disappointed with 8-8 next year with DT and MK stepping up?

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 6, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 6, 2010 8:53 PM |

Hey King dude, is your Trojan army on the march?

Posted by: ArcticCat | March 6, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, doubt they are sniffing around the likes of Pash, Clif, Wieg, Hick, etc. prelim to drafting Okung and Ducasse.

Posted by: ArcticCat | March 6, 2010 8:54 PM

Agree to disagree. Only one of the guys you named is a legitimate LT, and the 'Skins didn't sign him. Action so far points to an LT with the first pick.

Posted by: League-Source | March 6, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

http://www.profootballfocus.com/by_player.php?tab=by_player&season=2008&page=4&surn=H&playerid=1254

This link showed how Hicks did when he started at LT the first 4 games McKinney was out for the Vikings in 2008.

http://www.profootballfocus.com/by_player.php?tab=by_player&season=2009&surn=H&playerid=1254&group=1

This is his 2009 performaces

Posted by: TWISI | March 6, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

http://www.hogshaven.com/2010/3/3/1334602/indiana-ol-rodger-saffold-2nd

There's difference of opinion on Rodger Saffold.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 6, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Lets not fool ourselves here. The guys they are looking at arent exactly all pros. Hicks and Sims are probably headed toward the end of their careers and Pashos is coming off of IR. (I know Sims and Pashos arent signed) They may start but I think the FO is hoping some of the incumbents like Rhino will beat these guys out for jobs. More than anything they want guys with NFL experience. I like to think that the line is far from a finished product. These moves hopefully are just to establish depth and maybe to foster competion from young guys they are going to bring in.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 6, 2010 8:53 PM |

Let's also not fool ourselves into thinking there is a whole lot better available. The youg guys are restricted and the all pro's are locked up. The option was to keep Randy...that's it. We don't have a choice here people except to pray that these guys can help us be respectable until the whole line can be rebuilt and that we draft well on the oline.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 6, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I like the team's moves... Not in a hurry and tactical. Based on their recent inactivity in free-agency; I'm confident the Skins will draft at least 2 offensive linemen in the draft.

Posted by: mbriscoe4 | March 6, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Agree to disagree. Only one of the guys you named is a legitimate LT, and the 'Skins didn't sign him. Action so far points to an LT with the first pick.

Posted by: League-Source | March 6, 2010 8:58 PM

I agree sorta. Not sure about @ #4 because I think they will pick BPA regardless of position there, if they don't trade back. However, I think at the least in round 2 it will be an OT pick.

Posted by: TWISI | March 6, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Between Hicks, Mike Wms and Rainhard we may have all we're going to as far as RG goes. Though they probably take a LT in round 1, round 2 they might go FS, LB, or RB.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 6, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 6, 2010 9:01 PM

Its been a day since free agency began, relax. There is lots of roster movement after the draft and during the summer. Better quality lineman will be available. Like Rich mentioned there is no Hutchinson available but there will be better guys available at some point during the offseason. The one good thing about the lack of offensive line star power in free agency is that it should force the FO to address the oline early in the draft.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 6, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 6, 2010 9:01 PM

Plus there will be some better players at all positions cut after training camp.

Like the way the FO is making (or not making) moves so far. Even if I get a little impatient at times.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 6, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

So, it seems to me with the uncapped year that they can bring guys in for this year and if they don't work they can cut them with no financial consequences. Upside is, if they work, they are locked for three years (and good offensive linemen can play for a long time, it's not like RBs who are done at 30). Downside is, if they don't work, Danny is out some sofa cushion change. He doesn't care. If he could have spent Steinbrenner money in the past he would have. The cap was what we were always spending against.

So why aren't they grabbing the Dansbys and Pepperses of free agency and buying this year's Lombardi trophy? Because the new FO wants to build a championship-caliber team for a decade. If the cap is back next year (which I think it will be), they would end up dismantling the team a year after constructing it.

Solid veterans aren't sexy, but they will improve this team. And signing them doesn't preclude drafting linemen who will eventually replace them.

Posted by: MrDumberton | March 6, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

We need quality back ups as well as quality starts for our OL, not a bad signing as long is it is for depth purposes.

At least we did not give him $100mil.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | March 6, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 6, 2010 9:01 PM

Its been a day since free agency began, relax. There is lots of roster movement after the draft and during the summer. Better quality lineman will be available. Like Rich mentioned there is no Hutchinson available but there will be better guys available at some point during the offseason. The one good thing about the lack of offensive line star power in free agency is that it should force the FO to address the oline early in the draft.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 6, 2010 9:09 PM |

DONT TELL ME TO RELAX MUTHA F! Just kidding. I was just talking about right now. Nothing else is available. I understand how roster movement works. My comment was really directed towards those that have doubts about what we're doing right now.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 6, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

http://www.newerascouting.com/nfl-draft/value-board/

Maybe Brandon Spikes in round 2.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 6, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

no news beep.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 6, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I'll take a backup from MN offensive line over any of our starters last year.

Posted by: isnadd | March 6, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

They should take a LT in round one. Any of Okung, Trent, Bulaga would not be much of a reach. But if they wait til round 2 there's slim pickins for LTs and maybe even Ducasse is gone. Whereas you know at 37 someone surprising will fall to you and you want to be ready to take the BPA.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 6, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE DRAFT LINEMEN! BTW, F-Dallas!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | March 6, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

OL are at a premium.

Hicks may have been the top backup on a Vikings team with one of the better lines in the NFL, but that puts him LIGHT YEARS ahead of what we had here in 2009 in Washington.

Let's all remember that during last year's playoffs Jeremy Bridges started 2 playoff games for the Arizona Cardinals.

That's right, the same Jeremy Bridges that was a cut by the Redskins who thought he wasn't good enough to play here at all.

Posted by: leopard09 | March 6, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

http://www.newerascouting.com/mock-draft/

Mock has Skins taking Okung and Pouncey.
Can't see Pouncey with Rabach signed up.
Still available in this mock:

Ducasse
Jahvid Best
Asamoah
Spikes

Posted by: skinfanman | March 6, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

How about Mike Gandy OT from the Cardinals? He was hurt last season but before that he was a solid player and he is 30.

Posted by: BenchCampbell | March 6, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"versatile" is another way of saying he's not starter quality

Posted by: nativedc | March 6, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I remember hicks from his days with eagles, he is solid but not a long term solution as wash. has many linemen in the 30-33yr age group he may need to challenge heyer at RT, rinehart a 3rd round pick may get cut if he does not improve in training camp. bridges could have played for wash. last yr at RT because heyer was terrible but bridges struggled at pass blocking at LT for cardinals that is NOT his position.

Posted by: wathu19 | March 6, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

31 years old.Great.

Posted by: seanmg | March 7, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: League-Source | March 6, 2010 8:58 PM

I agree. Hopefully they'll take an LT @ #4. If they don't find a player they think is worth the pick, they may trade down.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 7, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

If Eric Berry is available when theY pick..I would take him. We keep hearing about the O line (which I agree is a major problem), but we also have a real problem in the secondary.
That is one reason why we could not stop key fourth quarter drives by opponents. If one looks at the secondary..we have almost no one.
This guy Hicks was mostly a back up as of late..which means he is not gonna light it up here. What are they gonna do about replacing Sammuels? WHOEVER THE QB IS..WILL WANT TO KNOW THAT FIRST THING!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | March 7, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Redskins have had a pattern of signing O linemen that are in the words of John Madden, "cheap and available." With the O linemen they are looking at as FA's, you could say, "cheap, available and old." I'm hoping the these players are being considered just for transition and backup purposes and not as starters. Skins better be drafting an OT and an OT or G in the first and second rounds or we are going to be seeing a rerun of the last 3 or 4 years this fall.

Posted by: TideSkin | March 7, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Realizing we're talking entirely different players, positions, and skill, but here we're talking about a player signing for $9 million to play football for three years, with $3 million guaranteed, and we're talking (in other threads) about the possibility of signing Mr Peppers for $90 to $100 million with $42 million guaranteed. Is there THAT much difference in players? Is any player really worth that much? Maybe the Redskins are showing some intelligence in being somewhat conservative.

Posted by: Dungarees | March 7, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

SKINS WILL SUXXX!

Posted by: rlomax67 | March 8, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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