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Tom Compton Signed To Active Roster; Redskins Add Two To Practice Squad

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Tom Compton got the phone call he had been waiting over three months for on Wednesday morning when the Washington Redskins told him they were interested in signing him to the 53-man roster.

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The offensive tackle, drafted in the sixth round out of South Dakota in April, had spent the entire season on the Redskins’ practice squad.

“It’s huge,” the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Compton said. “It’s just – it’s real nice now knowing that I have a spot on the 53-man, knowing that I can contribute more and you know, there’s more responsibility for me, too.”

An opening on the active roster came Tuesday when cornerback Cedric Griffin was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Compton was the only player drafted by the Redskins who remained on the active roster this season, and head coach Mike Shanahan said Compton deserved the promotion.

“We just liked the way he’s handled himself,” Shanahan said. “After losing Cedric, we feel like he’s earned the right to be on the football team and be a part of the group. I think he’s got a big-time future for us.”

Several teams had expressed interest in signing Compton to their active rosters earlier in the season, but Compton chose to stay on the Redskins – albeit with a bump in salary to $390,000, putting him on par with other late-round rookies on the active roster.

But not being on the active roster itself was motivation for Compton, who was the first South Dakota player drafted since 1990.

“I’ve gotten so much better at everything,” Compton said. “It’s really hard to point out a couple things, but just adjusting to the speed and the type of talent that you go against, and then just working on simple things for each different kind of protection and all that stuff. It’s just like leaps and bounds as far as that’s concerned.”

With Compton signed to the active roster and Carolina’s signing of linebacker Mario Addison on Tuesday, Washington signed linebacker Kourtnei Brown and cornerback Korey Lindsey to the practice squad.

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