Redskins sign fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas


Fourth-round draft pick Phillip Thomas hauls in an interception during rookie minicamp on May 5. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins announced Friday afternoon that they have signed safety Phillip Thomas to his rookie contract, making him the fifth of seven draft picks to agree to a deal in the past week.

Drafted 119th overall out of Fresno State, Thomas is expected to compete for a starting job in Washington’s secondary.

Brandon Meriweather – the would-be starter at strong safety – is coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is still rehabbing. Meanwhile, last year’s starting free safety, Madieu Williams, is no longer with the team. Veterans Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes and Jordan Pugh also aim to compete for the starting free safety job as well. Washington in the sixth round drafted Bacarri Rambo, who is more of a natural free safety and aims to contend for that starting job as well.

Thomas, who last season led the nation with eight interceptions, is seen by some as more of a strong safety, but also plays well in downfield coverages.

Terms of his deal were not announced, but his contract will be of similar worth to that of Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson (last season’s 119th overall pick), who signed a four-year, $2.5 million deal that came with a $420,000 signing bonus.

Second-round cornerback David Amerson (Washington’s first selection of the draft), and third-rounder tight end Jordan Reed remain unsigned.

Other Redskins signings in the past week:

Seventh-round running back Jawan Jamison

Fifth-round running back Chris Thompson

Tryout camp wide receiver Lance Lewis

Sixth-round safety Baccari Rambo, fifth-round linebacker Brandon Jenkins

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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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Mike Jones · May 17, 2013