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Redskins Re-Sign Cornerback Will Blackmon

Posted Mar 15, 2016

The Washington Redskins have formally re-signed veteran cornerback Will Blackmon, a key early-season free-agent signing during the 2015 season.

The Washington Redskins have formally re-signed veteran cornerback Will Blackmon, a key early-season free-agent signing during the 2015 season.

The Washington Redskins continue re-signing key players from their 2015 NFC East-winning team, as cornerback Will Blackmon is re-joining the team, which made the news official on Monday.

Blackmon was signed after the Redskins’ first game of the season against the Miami Dolphins and appeared in 15 games with 10 starts.

The 31-year-old finished the season with a career-best performance: 57 tackles along with tying the team-high in interceptions (two) and fumbles forced (three).

The Boston College product also recorded 10 passes defensed.

Blackmon wasn’t originally expected to play a big role for the Redskins after being signed before Washington’s Week 2 matchup with the then-St. Louis Rams to replace Chris Culliver, who was under a league-issued one-game suspension.

But as time wore on, Blackmon continued to excel.

In Week 12 against the New York Giants, Blackmon hauled in the first of his two interceptions on the season when caught a pass that was jarred free from wide receiver Dwayne Harris’ possession after Kyshoen Jarrett laid a massive hit.

Then, in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys, Blackmon not only jumped Cole Beasley’s goal-line route for an interception, he also punched the ball out of Darren McFadden’s possession when it looked as if the running back was going to gallop into the end zone for an easy touchdown.

“The thing with McFadden is he was running and I saw the lineman come at me, so I’m not just going to sacrifice a body for a body, and I remember Earl Thomas made a similar play against the Rams last year at the red zone,” Blackmon said. “So that’s what I went for.”

While Blackmon could have tested free agency waters more, the nine-year veteran wanted to stay in Washington.

“Yeah, no question, I would love to be back here," Blackmon said in January. "Like I said, I was just thankful I was given an opportunity to contribute and I just want to be somewhere for however long. It’s exhausting to keep signing these one-year, minimum deals here and there and it’s even more difficult when you have a family. We went from Jacksonville to Seattle and then Seattle to Virginia, so we’re going all over the country so it’ll be cool, whether it’s here or somewhere else, to be somewhere.”

With Blackmon potentially back in the fold, the Redskins will return their top four cornerbacks from a season ago, as he joins Bashaud Breeland, Chris Culliver and Quinton Dunbar.

Defensive backs Jarrett and, of course, DeAngelo Hall have experience at cornerback, too.