Yesterday we confirmed ESPN 980’s report that the contract of Jammal Brown is set to void today at 4:01, making the Redskins’ tackle an unrestricted free agent on March 12. A look at what Brown’s contract ended up costing the Redskins shows that it was not a good value for the team.

Deals made in desperation are rarely good values. Coming out of the lockout in July of 2011, the Redskins didn’t have anyone capable of being their starting right tackle. Brown, who had started there in 2010 after being acquired from the Saints, was their top target. Although he had missed the entire 2009 season after he had hip and sports hernia surgery he appeared to be reasonably healthy, playing in 15 games.

But after he signed the contract, the hip problems began to resurface. He played in 12 games and 2011 and he spent 2012 on the PUP list after he felt something pop in his hip while running wind sprints.

Apparently Brown’s deal was redone prior to last year in order to create some cap space and the clause to void the deal after the season was added. That turned it into a two-year deal that paid Brown $6 million in total salary and a $5.5 million signing bonus. You don’t have to do much math to figure out that $11.5 million for 12 games of mediocre tackle play is not much of a deal.

And the deal isn't completely done for the Redskins. They will carry $3.3 million in dead cap in 2013 to account for the rest of Brown's signing bonus.

The Redskins replaced Brown with Tyler Polumbus last year and he performed adequately. He is also a free agent. It remains to be seen if the team will bring him back, give second-year player Tom Compton a chance to win the job, or look for a replacement in free agency or in the draft.