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Report: Washington Commanders Sign Former Utah LB Cody Barton

Mar 13, 2023, 3:33 PM | Updated: Mar 16, 2023, 4:13 pm

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Cody Barton #57 of the Seattle Seahawks prepares for a snap against the New York Jets during the second quarter at Lumen Field on January 01, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Washington Commanders signed former Utah Utes linebacker Cody Barton to a one-year contract, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The NFL insider reported Barton’s deal on Monday, March 13, the opening day of the league’s free agent negotiating period. NFL free agency officially begins on Wednesday, March 15.

The former Seattle Seahawks linebacker’s deal is reportedly fully guaranteed. Barton will now play for another NFL franchise for the first time in his career.

“The #Commanders are signing former #Seahawks LB Cody Barton to a one-year, fully guaranteed deal, per source,” Pelissero tweeted.

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Last season, Barton recorded 136 total tackles, 84 solo tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and six pass breakups.

In 2022, Seattle had a 9-8 record in the regular season. The Seahawks fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

About Cody Barton

Prior to his college and professional careers, Barton was a standout player for the Bengals of Brighton High School.

After his prep career, the linebacker played at the University of Utah from 2015-18. During his time with the Utes, Barton recorded 234 total tackles, 131 solo tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one interception, 11 pass breakups, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries in 47 games played.

Following his time at Utah, Barton was selected by the Seahawks with the No. 88 overall pick during the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

During his four seasons in the league, the linebacker has posted 231 total tackles, 140 solo tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups in 65 games for the Seahawks.

In four career playoff games, Barton posted 18 total tackles, nine solo tackles, one sack, and three pass breakups.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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