The Washington Redskins appear to be on the cusp of adding another shiny new piece to its defensive line.
According to a report from Jen Lada of CSN Chicago earlier today, the Redskins are set to beat the Chicago Bears to the signing of defensive tackle Stephen Paea.
Paea (6-1, 300) has notced 94 tackles and 12 sacks in four seasons with Chicago. He was a defensive tackle in the Bears’ 4-3 scheme.
In Washington, the 26-year-old Paea would appear to have the strength to line up as an end or a nose tackle in the club’s 3-4 front, and he certainly would play inside when the club used a four-man line.
New Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has made a flurry of moves along the line, releasing Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen and adding former Niners and Colts defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois.
Paea is poised to join Jean Francois, Jason Hatcher, Chris Baker, Frank Kearse and Kedric Golston on what promises to be a wholly different defensive front in 2015.
Paea is ranked number 35 on NFL.com's list of the 100 best available free agents in 2015, ahead of the likes of Justin Forsett and Henry Melton.