Washington Redskins Add Ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Keyaron Fox

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2011

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 30:  Keyaron Fox #57 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during mini camp at the Pittsburgh Steelers Training Facility on April 30, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Washington Post reports that the Washington Redskins have signed former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Keyaron Fox.

The signing of Fox, an idea previously suggested on this site, is an interesting move. The eight-year pro brings along plenty of experience in the aggressive, blitz happy style of 3-4 the Redskins are hoping to emulate.

He offers good knowledge of the type of blitz calls Jim Haslett is keen to incorporate in the Redskins' playbook.

Fox has the size and speed to play both outside and inside for Haslett. The Post indicates that he will most likely attempt to win the job partnering London Fletcher in the middle of the defense.

In that case Fox will be in direct competition with Rocky McIntosh. The Redskins recently re-signed McIntosh but only on a one-year deal.

It remains to be seen if McIntosh will be able to convince coaches that he can successfully adapt to playing in a 3-4.

Youngster Perry Riley is also said to be struggling, while Horatio Blades is more of a direct replacement for London Fletcher.

Fox's familiarity with the system could give him a distinct advantage. Despite playing most of his career as a special teamer the 29-year-old's proficiency with the 3-4 could see him emerge as a surprising contributor in D.C.