Monday , March 12, 2018 - 11:55 AM
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The Washington Redskins have re-signed kicker Dustin Hopkins to a multiyear deal.
The team locked up the veteran who has spent the last three years in Washington on Monday. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on Wednesday.
Hopkins’s 89.3 field goal percentage ranked ninth in the NFL in 2015 and he connected on 82.4 percent of his attempts last season before a right hip rotator muscle strain forced him to the injured reserve list after eight games.
Nick Rose filled the position the final eight games of the season.
Hopkins ranks fifth in Redskins history with 73 made field goals and 13th in points (312). The 73 makes are the 28th most among active kickers.
He was a sixth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, but never played a game for the organization after going on injured reserve as a rookie and then being cut in 2014. Hopkins signed with the New Orleans in 2014, but never kicked for the Saints. He joined the Redskins in 2015.
Hopkins set NCAA record with 88 career field goals in 2012 while at Florida State. That mark is now third all-time in the college ranks.
He celebrated his new contract on Twitter with one line: HTTR.
The Redskins have now signed two of their own, preventing them from hitting the market. Safety Deshazor Everett was signed last week to a multiyear deal, keeping him from restricted free agency.
The two-day negotiation period began on Monday. Free agency officially opens on Wednesday.
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