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NFL Free Agents 2011: Barry Cofield Leaves Giants For Washington Redskins

Defensive tackle Barry Cofield has reportedly bolted the New York Giants for the Washington Redskins. A variety of reports say that the five-year veteran has agreed to a six year, $36 million contract with Washington that will include $12.5 million in guaranteed money.

This can hardly be a surprise to the Giants. Cofield has been seeking a big payday for the last couple of seasons and had said several months ago that “maybe it is time for me to move on.”

The Giants attempted to trade Cofield to the New Orleans Saints prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, but the Saints and Cofield could not work out a new contract and he remained with the Giants.

Cofield had his best season in 2010-2011, reigstering four quarterback sacks and 54 tackles. The Redskins will ask the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder to play the nose in their 3-4 defense.

As for the Giants, they still have veterans Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard at defensive tackle, along with Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin, second-round draft choices by the team in 2010 and 2011, respectively.