The Washington Redskins made an important depth move Monday when the team decided to re-sign tackle Ty Nsekhe. Nsekhe filled in remarkably well for Washington last season when Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams missed four games late in the year due to suspension.

The 31-year-old swing-tackle was tendered an exclusive rights contract back on February 28th along with fellow lineman Vinston Painter, terms of Nsekhe’s deal have not been disclosed as of yet.

Washington was lucky to get Nsekhe signed under exclusive rights deal

Nsekhe (6-8, 335) has appeared in 29 career regular season games during his time in Washington and has six starts, including the four from last year.

Many Redskins fans may remember last year when guard Shawn Lauvao went down with an injury, Nsekhe played left tackle and Williams played guard.

The Redskins line looked really good in the process, which led to rumors/hopes among fans that the team would stick with that lineup, but coaches killed that idea quickly when confronted.

Nsekhe, a late bloomer at his position would likely start on several NFL rosters, the Redskins were fortunate to have the ability to extend him the exclusive tender. The amount of money he would have commanded on the open market with other teams bidding would have been way out of the Redskins bargaining area. If Washington were to have lost Nsekhe, they would have been forced to take a chance with a free agent they have zero trust in, or draft someone and then have to develop them quickly enough to contribute in 2017.

This way the team is still very much open to different possibilities on draft day, which will include the best player available.

Awkward path to the National Football League for Nsekhe

Most players in the NFL go to college, get drafted or signed, and then go on to make whatever they can with their respective careers.

Ty Nsekhe took a much different route to get where he’s currently at in Washington. While a quick glance at Nsekhe’s career will show that he first appeared in the league in 2012 with the Rams, and then three years later be popped back up with the Redskins. What it won’t show you is the time in between he spent in different leagues with ten different teams.

Or how he started his pro career in 2009 with the Corpus Christi Sharks, an Arena Football League team.

In his career, Nsekhe has played for the Sharks, Dallas Vigilantes, Philadelphia Soul, San Antonio Talons, Montreal Alouettes, LA Kiss, and different small stints with the Indianapolis Colts, St Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins, twice.