Chris Chester's defection to the Redskins on Thursday did not register on the Richter scale of surprises, but the contract Washington gave him did: $20 million over five years.
Although he started for the Ravens at right guard last season after Jared Gaither was hurt, the team was expected to move Marshal Yanda back to that position this season, putting Chester in a reserve role.
In Washington, he will be the starting right guard, joining former Ravens Donte' Stallworth and Josh Wilson in this week's free-agent frenzy. .
Chester's agent, Craig Domann, said the Ravens and three other undisclosed teams were interested in him. Although Chester was, at times, dissatisfied with his place on the Ravens, Domann insisted there were no bad feelings.
"None whatsoever," Domann said. "Chris thoroughly enjoyed his time in Baltimore. He thinks it's a great organization and he loved that offensive line group.
"Chris was with the Ravens for five years, had a great time, has great friends there, great memories. He played in 50 games for them, played in the playoffs. It's time for him to move into a new chapter of his NFL career. There are no issues. It's a business."
Chester, the team's second-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2006, also rejoins Chris Foerster, the Redskins' offensive line coach who served in that capacity with the Ravens in 2006.
The Redskins could wind up with three former Sooners starting in the line this season -- Chester, Trent Williams and Jammal Brown.
"It came down to the situation today, entertaining offers from multiple teams and we made the best decision," Domann said.