The Redskins have retained the exclusive rights for linebacker Lemar Marshall and safety Todd Franz, the team announced on Friday. Terms of their contracts were not disclosed.
Marshall stepped up as a reserve on defense last season and has been a steady contributor on special teams in two seasons with the Redskins. Franz finished his first full season with the Redskins in 2003 and also made solid contributions on both defense and special teams.
Marshall, 6-2 and 227 pounds, has appeared in 28 games for the Redskins in the past three seasons, seeing most of his time on special teams.
Last season, Marshall appeared in 12 games and finished with three tackles and his first career sack, a half-sack (combined with Jeremiah Trotter) against the New York Giants in Week 15. He also finished fourth on the squad in special teams tackles with 14.
Franz, 6-0 and 202 pounds, saw significant playing time in 2003, appearing in all 16 games as a reserve and special teams player. He also started two games and finished the season logging 25 tackles (20 solo) on defense, while leading special teams units in stops with 21.
Exclusive rights free agents are players with three or fewer years of experience who have no outside negotiating power. The player's rights belong to the 2003 club, provided that club makes him a minimum qualifying offer, which varies based on tenure.
An exclusive rights free agent player may not speak with other teams and has no other NFL options open to him other than dealing with his previous club.