Redskins work out defensive backs, linebackers

November 9, 2012

The Washington Redskins worked out three defensive backs and two linebackers, but didn’t immediately sign any of them, according to people with knowledge of the situation.


Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and the Redskins have struggled in pass coverage and in pass rushing.

Safeties Aaron Rouse and Jaiquawn Jarrett, cornerback Jerome Murphy and linebackers Kourtnei Brown and Ricky Elmore all worked out for Washington, which has struggled both in the pass coverage and pass rushing departments this season.

Rouse, a 6-foot-4, 227-pound Virginia Tech product, has three years of NFL experience, most recently playing for the New York Giants in 2009. He has started 18 of the 41 games he played in, recording 142 tackles and four interceptions – one returned for a touchdown.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Jarrett spent portions of two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, playing in 13 games, starting two of them, and recording 14 tackles.

Murphy – a 6-foot, 200-pound South Florida product – appeared in 14 games for the St. Louis Rams in 2010 and two games with New Orleans and one with Detroit this season. He has recorded 33 tackles and an interception in his career.

Brown played collegiately at Clemson and signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent last spring. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder recorded four tackles and a sack in three preseason games for San Francisco.

Elmore went undrafted out of the University of Arizona, and signed with the Arizona Cardinals in the spring. He appeared in four preseason games, recording nine tackles and a sack. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder also recorded two forced fumbles.

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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