David Bruton to Redskins: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2016

Denver Broncos strong safety David Bruton (30) celebrates an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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The Washington Redskins announced on Tuesday that they have signed safety David Bruton, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Denver Broncos.    

Per Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, it's a three-year deal worth $9 million with an extra $1.5 million in incentives. 

Bruton missed out on the Broncos' run to a Super Bowl 50 championship last season. He appeared in the team's first 13 games but missed the remainder of the year with a fractured fibula

That wasn't before he exhibited the kind of toughness that any NFL team would covet. Bruton suffered the injury early during the Broncos' Week 14 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he stayed in. 

Head coach Gary Kubiak spoke with the media after the game in which it happened, via the Broncos:

Bruton recorded a career-best two interceptions and seven passes defended last season despite backing up the likes of T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart for most of 2015. 

Despite helping Denver during its championship season, Bruton told Xfinity Monday Live (via CBS Denver) that he was excited to test the free-agent market. 

Going to Washington could ensure that Bruton gets regular playing time. Depending on what the Redskins do for the rest of the offseason, he could be the starting safety too. 

According to Stephen Czarda of the Redskins' official website, Duke Ihenacho was the only natural safety listed on the roster before Bruton signed with the team. Without him, Washington might have had to rely on DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett, two players who are normally cornerbacks. 

Washington's pass defense last season was eighth-worst in the NFL, allowing over 4,100 yards through the air. The Redskins were also one of 11 teams in the league to give up at least 30 passing touchdowns. 

Bringing in Bruton will provide depth at the safety position as well as a winning presence to a Washington team that benefited from being in a weak NFC East division by making the playoffs with a 9-7 record. 

So far this offseason, its division opponents, most notably the New York Giants, have spent some big money to upgrade their defenses. The Giants have dropped around $200 million this offseason for defensive ends Olivier Vernon, Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Washington will hope that Bruton's arrival is the first step in a process that will help it keep up with the rest of the NFC East.


Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.