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2015 Redskins Free Agency Journal

Posted Apr 3, 2015

The Washington Redskins are making moves in the new league year, bringing in new talent from around the league, as well as returning some familiar faces. Here’s the list of those who have officially signed.

The Washington Redskins are making moves in the new league year, bringing in new talent from around the league, as well as returning some familiar faces. Here’s the list of those who have officially signed.

Stay up to the minute with all the deals officially in the books, and be sure to check back with Redskins.com for continuing 2015 free agency coverage. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.



Free Agents Added To The Roster:

Safety Jeron Johnson (March 16)

Johnson (5-10, 212) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Seattle Seahawks on July 26, 2011.

In four seasons with Seattle, Johnson appeared in 46 regular season games with one start, compiling 19 tackles (14 solo), 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Johnson contributed to the Seahawks’ squads that won Super Bowl XLVIII and appeared in Super Bowl XLIX.

Last season, Johnson appeared in 15 games for the Seahawks and set career highs in tackles (11) and forced fumbles (one). He made his first career start in Week 10, collecting a team-high eight total tackles and a pass defensed in a 38-17 win against the New York Giants.

Johnson played collegiately at Boise State, where he earned all-conference honors three consecutive years across the 2008-10 seasons.


Defensive lineman Terrance Knighton (March 13)

Knighton (6-3, 331) is entering his seventh NFL season after being originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

For his career, Knighton -- who has gained the nickname "Pot Roast" -- has appeared in 93 career regular season games with 81 starts, compiling 201 tackles (131 solo), 12.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and two interceptions.

Knighton spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. Knighton started all 32 regular season games and four postseason games for the Broncos across the 2013-14 seasons, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

Knighton played collegiately at Temple from 2005-08, recording 184 tackles (105 solo), seven sacks, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks in 46 career games with 34 starts.


Cornerback Chris Culliver (March 13)

Culliver (6-0, 199) was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (80th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Culliver compiled 121 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 20 starts in 46 career games with the 49ers. He also appeared in Super Bowl XLVII.

Last season, Culliver established career highs in starts (14), tackles (45), interceptions (four), and passes defensed (14). 

Culliver played collegiately at South Carolina and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2009.


Defensive lineman Stephen Paea (March 11)

Paea (6-1, 300) is a veteran of four NFL seasons after being originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

He has appeared in 55 career games with 40 starts, all with Chicago, recording 94 tackles (56 solo), 12.0 sacks, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

Last season, Paea established career highs in games played (16), starts (16), total tackles (33), solo tackles (24), tackles for loss (eight), sacks (6.0) and forced fumbles (two).

With the Redskins, Paea will likely be more of a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme, but could move towards the middle of the line in passing situations.


Defensive End Ricky Jean Francois (Feb. 27)

Jean Francois (6-3, 297) is a veteran of six NFL seasons who was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 77 career regular season games with 28 starts, compiling 95 tackles (64 solo), 8.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Jean Francois spent the first four seasons of his career with the 49ers from 2009-12, playing in 51 regular season games and five postseason games for the franchise, including Super Bowl XLVII. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2013, and played in 26 regular season games with 23 starts for the team across the 2013-14 seasons.

Last year, Jean Francois posted career highs in starts (13), tackles (28), tackles for loss (seven), passes defensed (four), sacks (3.0) and fumble recoveries (one).


Offensive lineman Tyler Larsen (Feb. 10)

Larsen, 23, originally entered the NFL with the Miami Dolphins May 12, 2014, as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State. He was waived by the Dolphins Aug. 26.

Larsen -- who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 315 pounds -- was a four-year letterman at Utah State from 2010 to 2013, starting all 52 games in which he appeared. His 52 consecutive games started set a school record, ranked first in the Mountain West and third in the nation among active players at the time.

In 2013, Larsen -- a Sandy, Utah native -- earned second-team USA Today Sports All-American honors and was named first-Team All Mountain West after starting all 14 games as a senior. He was also a first-team All-WAC performer in 2012.


Offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe (Feb. 10)

Nsekhe, 29, originally entered the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent Aug. 1, 2012. He has since had stints with the St. Louis Rams and the New Orleans Saints.

He made his NFL debut Sept. 16, 2012, as a member of the Rams against the Redskins, and played in one other game with St. Louis that season.

Nsekhe – an imposing figure at 6-foot-8 and weighs 325 pounds – began his professional career in arenafootball2 in 2009, and worked his way up to the Arena Football League from 2010 to 2012 before signing with the Colts.



Redskins Acquired Via Trade:

Safety Dashon Goldson (April 3)

Goldson, 30, was acquired via trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

He's a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2011, 2012), and in 2012 was named a first-team All-Pro with the San Francisco 49ers, when he recorded 69 tackles, 11 passes defensed, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

In eight career seasons – six with the 49ers and the last two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Goldson has recorded 499 tackles with three sacks, 43 passes defensed, 15 interceptions, six forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown.

Goldson was a fourth-round (126th-overall) pick of the 49ers out of Washington in the 2007 NFL Draft. While at Washington from 2004 to 2006, he recorded 194 tackles, 22 passes defensed, seven tackles for loss, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and forced a fumble, while also scoring a touchdown for the Huskies.



Redskins Retained In Free Agency:

Running back Michael Hill (March 30)

Hill – who stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs 210 pounds – is a Missouri Western State product who has played in eight career games, all in 2013 with the Green Bay Packers (two games) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (six games).

He has nine career rushes for 23 yards, and has also showed the ability to catch the ball in limited action, hauling in two career passes for 23 yards – all with Tampa Bay.

Last season, Hill was waived by the Packers during final cuts and signed to the team’s practice squad. He eventually joined the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad Nov. 18 before his release a week later. He ended the season on the Redskins’ practice squad, signing Dec. 9.


Quarterback Colt McCoy (March 19)

McCoy (6-1, 215) is entering his sixth NFL season and his second with the Redskins after joining the team as an unrestricted free agent on April 3, 2014.

In 33 career games with 25 starts, McCoy has completed 501-of-831 passes (60.3 percent) for 5,458 yards with 25 passing touchdowns.

Last season, McCoy appeared in five games with four starts in his first season with the Redskins, completing 91-of-128 passes (71.7 percent) for 1,057 yards with four touchdowns and a team-high passer rating of 96.4. His contributions helped the Redskins set team records in completions (364) and completion percentage (66.5).

He'll once again be looked at as a strong veteran presence alongside fourth-year quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.


Cornerback Justin Rogers (March 13)

Rogers (5-11, 181) was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He appeared in 34 games with seven starts for the Bills from 2011-13, compiling 73 tackles, 14 passes defensed and three interceptions. During the 2011-12 seasons, Rogers returned 15 kickoffs for 428 yards (28.5 avg.) with Buffalo.

Rogers was waived by the Bills on Nov. 19 and claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans a day later. He appeared in one game with the Texans in 2013, before being waived on Nov. 28. Rogers also had stints with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs.

He played in the Redskins' final three games of the 2014 season.

Rogers played collegiately at Richmond, appearing in 52 games from 2006-10, recording 162 tackles (109 solo), half a sack, 12 interceptions, 28 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also returned 112 kickoffs for 2,561 yards (22.9 avg.) and two touchdowns and added 26 career punt returns for 351 yards (13.5 avg.).


Safety Trenton Robinson (March 10)

Since signing with the Redskins as a free agent on Oct. 15, 2013, Robinson, 23, has appeared in 26 games with the Redskins across the 2013-14 seasons. He recorded his first career interception in the team’s Week 2 win vs. Jacksonville last season.

Robinson has been an improved player both for the Redskins' defense and special teams units. On defense, he recorded 17 tackles in 2014 and notched his first-career interception.

The Michigan State product also led the team with 21 special teams tackles in 2014, adding his first fumble recovery in the process.

Robinson said last season he’s working on “just continuing to get better, prepare, know what I need to do at all times in case something happens.”

“I feel like I did what I was supposed when I got in,” he said. “[I] left some plays out there, but it’s growing and I’m growing as a safety and as a player in this league.”


Tight end Niles Paul (March 6)

Paul (6-1, 241) is entering his fifth NFL season after entering the league as a fifth-round selection (155th overall) of the Redskins in the 2011 NFL Draft.

For his career, Paul has appeared in 60 regular season games with 17 starts, compiling 53 receptions for 735 yards and two receiving touchdowns in addition to his contributions on special teams.

Last season, Paul finished first in the NFC among tight ends in yards per reception (13.0) and set career highs in receptions (39) and receiving yards (507), surpassing his previous highs of eight receptions for 152 yards set in 2012. During Weeks 1-4 of 2014, he recorded at least 60 yards receiving in each game, becoming the first Redskins tight end to accomplish the feat in four consecutive games since Chris Cooley in Weeks 11-14 of the 2007 season.


Safety Duke Ihenacho (March 4)

Ihenacho hopes to rebound from an injury-plagued 2014 season, in which he suffered a season-ending broken bone in his left foot. He was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent in 2015.

Ihenacho came to the Redskins off the heels of a season in which he started 17 games for the Denver Broncos, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

During the 2013 regular season, the former San Jose State Spartan logged 73 tackles, six passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

Ihenacho played in two games in his rookie season in 2012 with the Broncos, recording two tackles.


Tackle Tom Compton (Feb. 27)

After playing sparingly in his first two seasons, Compton saw a much increased role in 2014, starting the Redskins’ final nine games of the season at right tackle.

Washington obviously liked what they saw out of Compton, re-signing the restricted-free-agent-to-be Feb. 27, and giving him a shot to compete for a spot along the line once again in 2015.

Compton, 25, was taken in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of South Dakota. He was on the Redskins’ practice squad for a majority of the 2012 season, and was signed to the active roster in Week 13.

In 2013, he played in 15 games, and made his NFL debut on special teams Week 1 against Philadelphia.



Redskins Departing In Free Agency:

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The Washington Redskins are making moves in the new league year, bringing in new talent from around the league, as well as returning some familiar faces. Here’s the list of those who have officially signed.

Stay up to the minute with all the deals officially in the books, and be sure to check back with Redskins.com for continuing 2015 free agency coverage.

 

Free Agents Added To The Roster:

 

Defensive End Ricky Jean Francois (Feb. 27)

Jean Francois (6-3, 297) is a veteran of six NFL seasons who was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 77 career regular season games with 28 starts, compiling 95 tackles (64 solo), 8.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Jean Francois spent the first four seasons of his career with the 49ers from 2009-12, playing in 51 regular season games and five postseason games for the franchise, including Super Bowl XLVII. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2013, and played in 26 regular season games with 23 starts for the team across the 2013-14 seasons.

Last year, Jean Francois posted career highs in starts (13), tackles (28), tackles for loss (seven), passes defensed (four), sacks (3.0) and fumble recoveries (one).

·        Press Release

·        Player Bio

·        Blog: Ricky Jean Francois, AKA The Peanut Butter Jelly Man

 

Offensive lineman Tyler Larsen (Feb. 10)

Larsen, 23, originally entered the NFL with the Miami Dolphins May 12, 2014, as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State. He was waived by the Dolphins Aug. 26.

Larsen -- who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 315 pounds -- was a four-year letterman at Utah State from 2010 to 2013, starting all 52 games in which he appeared. His 52 consecutive games started set a school record, ranked first in the Mountain West and third in the nation among active players at the time.

In 2013, Larsen -- a Sandy, Utah native -- earned second-team USA Today Sports All-American honors and was named first-Team All Mountain West after starting all 14 games as a senior. He was also a first-team All-WAC performer in 2012.

·        Press Release

·        Player Bio

·        Blog: More On New Redskin Tyler Larsen

 

Offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe (Feb. 10)

Nsekhe, 29, originally entered the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent Aug. 1, 2012. He has since had stints with the St. Louis Rams and the New Orleans Saints.

He made his NFL debut Sept. 16, 2012, as a member of the Rams against the Redskins, and played in one other game with St. Louis that season.

Nsekhe – an imposing figure at 6-foot-8 and weighs 325 pounds – began his professional career in arenafootball2 in 2009, and worked his way up to the Arena Football League from 2010 to 2012 before signing with the Colts.

·        Press Release

·        Player Bio

·        Blog: More On New Redskin Ty Nsekhe

 

Redskins Retained In Free Agency:

Tight end Niles Paul (March 6)

Paul (6-1, 241) is entering his fifth NFL season after entering the league as a fifth-round selection (155th overall) of the Redskins in the 2011 NFL Draft.

For his career, Paul has appeared in 60 regular season games with 17 starts, compiling 53 receptions for 735 yards and two receiving touchdowns in addition to his contributions on special teams.

Last season, Paul finished first in the NFC among tight ends in yards per reception (13.0) and set career highs in receptions (39) and receiving yards (507), surpassing his previous highs of eight receptions for 152 yards set in 2012. During Weeks 1-4 of 2014, he recorded at least 60 yards receiving in each game, becoming the first Redskins tight end to accomplish the feat in four consecutive games since Chris Cooley in Weeks 11-14 of the 2007 season.

·        Press Release

·        Player Bio

·        Redskins.com: Redskins, Niles Paul Reach New Contract

·        Blog: Niles Paul Excited To Work With Former Coach Bill Callahan

 

Safety Duke Ihenacho (March 4)

Ihenacho hopes to rebound from an injury-plagued 2014 season, in which he suffered a season-ending broken bone in his left foot. He was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent in 2015.

Ihenacho came to the Redskins off the heels of a season in which he started 17 games for the Denver Broncos, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

During the 2013 regular season, the former San Jose State Spartan logged 73 tackles, six passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

Ihenacho played in two games in his rookie season in 2012 with the Broncos, recording two tackles.

·        Press Release

·        Player Bio

·        Redskins.com: Duke Ihenacho: ‘I Have a Chip On My Shoulder’

·        Blog: Ihenacho Collects Winter Gear At Team Store

 

Tackle Tom Compton (Feb. 27)

After playing sparingly in his first two seasons, Compton saw a much increased role in 2014, starting the Redskins’ final nine games of the season at right tackle.

Washington obviously liked what they saw out of Compton, re-signing the restricted-free-agent-to-be Feb. 27, and giving him a shot to compete for a spot along the line once again in 2015.

Compton, 25, was taken in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of South Dakota. He was on the Redskins’ practice squad for a majority of the 2012 season, and was signed to the active roster in Week 13.

In 2013, he played in 15 games, and made his NFL debut on special teams Week 1 against Philadelphia.

·        Press Release

·        Player Bio

·        Redskins.com: Tom Compton Is OK With Being His ‘Own Guy’

·        Blog: Tom Compton Finds His Inner Wolf

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