The Redskins have tendered a contract to restricted free agent guard
As a restricted free agent, Lichtensteiger can visit other NFL teams but the Redskins maintain right of first refusal and can match any offer he receives.
If the Redskins do not match the offer, then they would receive draft pick compensation based on the tender amount.
Lichtensteiger began the 2011 season as the Redskins’ starting left guard. He was settling in at the position, holding the pocket against pressure up the middle and opening up holes in the run game.
In a Week 6 loss to Philadelphia at FedExField, Lichtensteiger suffered torn knee ligaments and was put on injured reserve, ending his season after five games.
He is expected to be ready by mid-June but he likely won’t test the knee fully until training camp in late July or early August.
Lichtensteiger joined the Redskins in January 2010. He started 13 games in his first season in Washington.
He was a fourth-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2008.