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Redskins Sign Cornerback Cary Williams

Posted Jan 5, 2016

With the Redskins in need of secondary help, the team has signed eight-year veteran cornerback Cary Williams, who has 351 tackles and nine career interceptions.

With the Redskins in need of secondary help, the team has signed eight-year veteran cornerback Cary Williams, who has 351 tackles and nine career interceptions.

The Washington Redskins are adding a veteran cornerback for their playoff run, as the team on Tuesday afternoon formally announced the signing of Cary Williams.

In a corresponding roster moves on Tuesday, the team placed rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett on the injured-reserve list. The team also activated center Kory Lichtensteiger from the Reserve/Injured (designated to return) list, waived center Brian de la Puente, signed cornerback Al Louis-Jean to the practice squad and released practice squad linebacker Derrick Mathews.

Williams, 31, was a 2008 seventh-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans, where he played his first two NFL seasons.

In 97 career games, he has accumulated 351 tackles, three sacks, 61 passes defensed and nine interceptions, the first of which he returned for a touchdown.

The Washburn University product appeared in five games with the Titans, recording 12 tackles and a pass defensed in five games.

Williams was waived by the Titans on Nov. 3, 2009, before being signed by the Baltimore Ravens three weeks later.

He would spend the next four seasons in Baltimore, helping lead the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

During their Super Bowl season in 2012, Williams recorded a career-high four interceptions along with 17 passes defensed and a 63-yard touchdown.

In 2013, Williams signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder appeared in all 32 regular season games for Philadelphia over the next two seasons, recording 126 tackles with 21 passes defensed and five interceptions.

Williams signed with the Seattle Seahawks last offseason. He would appear in 10 games with the Seahawks, recording 46 tackles, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a sack before being released on Dec. 7.

Williams is the second former Seahawk cornerback to sign with Washington this season, as Will Blackmon also had two stints in Seattle, the second of which occurring between March and September of 2015.

The Redskins are currently in need of secondary help after head coach Jay Gruden on Monday announced that rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett has been ruled out of Sunday’s Wild Card Round matchup with the Green Bay Packers at FedExField.

“Kyshoen, the neck and spine, everything came back in a positive way,” Gruden said. “We’re concerned about the nerve that affects his right arm. We’re going to do more tests on that and go from there.”

The Packers’ passing attack wasn’t as potent as it had been in years past, ranking 25th in the NFL in passing yards per game, but Aaron Rodgers was still effective during the season.

Rodgers – a five-time Pro Bowler – threw 31 touchdowns to just eight interceptions on the season.

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