NFL Free Agent Signings: Washington Redskins Land CB Cedric Griffin
A day after signing safety Brandon Merimeather, the Washington Redskins have landed another player who could have a future at the backend of the Redskins' defense.
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Redskins signed cornerback Cedric Griffin to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Griffin's agent, Brian Overstreet, told Anderson that the move is expected to be official within the hour.
Griffin will either compete to play the nickelback position behind veterans DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson or attempt to make the switch to safety. Despite signing Meriweather Thursday, the Redskins will likely to need to replace both starting safeties from a season ago.
O.J. Atogwe was released to save cap room before the start of free agency and LaRon Landry isn't expected to re-sign with Washington.
At 6'0", 205 lbs., Griffin may have the size to make the transition. According to Evan Silva of Rotoworld, some NFL teams "liked" Griffin at safety when he came out of the University of Texas in 2006.
After a rocky couple of seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Griffin must be looking forward to a fresh start.
Scheduled to make over $4 million in 2012, Griffin was let go by the Vikings last weekend in a cap-saving move. The 29-year-old cornerback also struggled for most of 2011 after rehabbing two torn ACLs he suffered within a year of each other.
According to Pro Football Focus, Griffin played the run well last season but allowed almost 600 yards receiving and a 112.1 passer rating on 554 coverage snaps.
In six seasons with the Vikings, Griffin started 70 games with eight interceptions and 14 forced fumbles. His best season came during the Vikings' 12-4 season in 2009, as Griffin intercepted four passes and forced three fumbles.
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