Redskins Agree To Terms With Cornerback E.J. Biggers
A starter for much of last season while healthy, Biggers will fill a hole in the Redskins’ secondary that has existed since it released cornerback DeAngelo Hall early last week.
BY ZAC BOYER
The Redskins and free agent cornerback E.J. Biggers have agreed to the terms of a contract, filling a hole in Washington’s secondary, according to a person familiar with knowledge of the negotiations.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Biggers, who turns 26 in June, spent the previous four seasons in Tampa Bay and played in 13 games in 2012 after breaking a bone in his right foot during the preseason. He finished with 51 tackles, a sack and an interception and also forced two fumbles for the Buccaneers, moving into a starting role after Aqib Talib was traded to New England.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters at the owners’ meetings in Phoenix early Wednesday morning that the team was nearing the completion of a deal with one of the defensive backs it had “targeted” during free agency.
Washington has had a glaring hole in its secondary since releasing DeAngelo Hall, a starter for much of the past five seasons, on the eve of the new league year because it was up against the salary cap.
Biggers was considered one of the top free agent cornerbacks still available on the market, and his signing reunites him with former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris, who is entering his second season as the Redskins’ defensive backs coach.
Terms of Biggers’ contract were not immediately available. By signing Biggers, the Redskins can continue to develop Richard Crawford, a rookie last season, as their nickelback.