With Draft Over, Redskins Begin Signing Undrafted Free Agents
(Published 4/29/12, 2:31 p.m.; Updated 4/29/12, 5:50 p.m.)
The Washington Redskins continued to sign undrafted college players late Saturday and into Sunday, agreeing to deals with over a dozen free agents after selecting nine players in the NFL Draft.
Such deals guarantee players nothing but a chance to compete in the team’s rookie mini-camp, which, for the Redskins, begins Friday. Teams often bring in undrafted free agents to serve as depth at certain positions, but there are opportunities for players to continue with the team through the summer and into training camp.
There are more opportunities this year after the NFL decided earlier this month to raise the maximum number of players each team is allowed to have in training camp from 80 to 90.
Southern Miss receiver Kelvin Bolden, Louisiana Tech running back Lennon Creer, Jacksonville State defensive end Monte Lewis, Hawaii defensive end Vaughn Meatoga and UVa cornerback Chase Minnifield all signed contracts with the Redskins, according to their schools.
Others who have reached agreements with the Redskins, according to a variety of hometown newspapers and Web sites, include a pair of receivers, Alabama’s Darius Hanks and East Carolina’s Lance Lewis – as well as two defensive ends, William & Mary’s Marcus Hyde and New Hampshire’s Brian McNally.
Oklahoma State center Grant Garner, California linebacker D.J. Holt, Alabama cornerback Phelon Jones, Michigan running back Michael Shaw and West Virginia safety Eain Smith also reportedly signed contracts with the Redskins.
Then, during the day Sunday, Kent State announced receiver Sam Kirkland, from Chesapeake, had signed with the Redskins. Joining him with a shot to play for his hometown team is Antwon Bailey, a running back from Landover, Md. via Syracuse, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. Others who reached deals during the day include South Carolina right guard Terrance Campbell, Abilene Christian tight end Ben Gibbs and Ole Miss defensive end Kentrell Lockett, who appears likely to get a shot as an outside linebacker.
The team has not yet officially confirmed any of the signings.