The Washington Redskins formally agreed to contracts with half of their defensive selections in last month's NFL draft as outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins and safety Bacarri Rambo both inked rookie deals on Monday.
According to the Washington Post, fifth-round Jenkins' salary for this season will be $449,125 and sixth-round Rambo’s is $430,788.
With the signings, the Redskins have taken the first step toward improving their defense, but still have to agree in contract with their remaining defensive selections: second-round cornerback David Amerson and fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas.
On offense, the team has to reach agreements with third-round tight end Jordan Reed, fifth-round running back Chris Thompson and seventh-round running back Jawan Jamison.
Rambo made an impression at the rookie minicamp held last week, as head coach Mike Shanahan described him and unsigned Phillip Thomas as two who have shown versatility at the safety position.
“We do a lot of different things with our secondary," said Shanahan via the Associated Press (h/t Savannah Morning News). "We put a lot of pressure on them mentally as well as physically. You’ve got be able to play both (strong and free safety). They’ve got the size and the athletic ability to play both positions.”
During rookie minicamp, Rambo had an interception and admitted things were going well early on.
“It’s kind of better than I thought it was going to go,” Rambo told the Washington Post shortly after minicamp concluded. “Came out here and just learned what to do. Kind of carried over from what we did at Georgia."
Jenkins, who injured his left foot in last year's season opener while at Florida State, practiced without limitations during minicamp and was called a "pass rush specialist" by NFL.com in scouting reports.
More signings are expected to follow in the upcoming days as the Redskins continue offseason voluntary workouts at their training facility in Ashburn, VA. The team will move to a brand new facility in Richmond, VA for the 2013 training camp beginning July 25.