Redskins hire Raheem Morris to be defensive backs coach

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has agreed to join the Washington Redskins staff as a defensive backs coach, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Wednesday evening.

Morris’ hiring comes less than two weeks after Tampa Bay fired him and exactly a week after he met with Redskins’ brass about the position.

Tony Wyllie, Redskins senior vice president, declined comment.

Morris, who went 4-12 in his final season in Tampa Bay, will work to upgrade a Redskins secondary that produced only 10 interceptions in 2011.

Morris had interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings late last week but didn’t receive an offer.

The 36-year-old Morris has strong ties to the Redskins. During the mid-2000’s, he served as an assistant in Tampa Bay alongside Kyle Shanahan, and during the same time, Washington General manager Bruce Allen held the same position with the Bucs.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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