Redskins sign sixth-round pick Evan Royster

The Washington Redskins have signed rookie running back Evan Royster, whom they selected in the sixth round of April’s draft.

Royster agreed to a four-year deal worth roughly $2.15 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Royster, a former standout at Westfield and Penn State’s career rushing leader, is expected to compete with veterans Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams and fellow rookie Roy Helu for the starting running back job.

Royster said he was “extremely” excited to have agreed to the deal and to get to work. He spent the last two days at Redskins Park during the voluntary workout sessions and reported Thursday morning for his physical.

“I’m picking things up pretty fast in meeting rooms, but I have to wait and see how I am in practice to really create any expectations for myself,” Royster said.

Royster also was pleased with his contract and said, “I plan on earning every penny of it.”

The Redskins, according to people familiar with the situation, also were close to completing deals with first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan and seventh-rounder Chris Neild, a nose tackle out of West Virginia. The team signed third-rounder Leonard Hankerson late Wednesday night.

Meantime, the team released reserve running back Andre Brown, according to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post.

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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