Redskins re-sign defensive back E.J. Biggers

March 27, 2014
E.J. Biggers recorded 35 tackles and an interception last season. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
E.J. Biggers recorded 35 tackles and an interception last season. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins have re-signed defensive back E.J. Biggers, the sixth-year veteran confirmed Thursday morning.

As was the case last season, Biggers signed a one-year deal.

The Western Michigan product proved himself as a versatile contributor in Washington’s secondary. He lined up both at cornerback (covering both on the outside and at times, inside versus slot receivers) and at free safety. He recorded 35 tackles and an interception.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Biggers is expected to compete for playing time behind projected starters DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson. The Redskins also added seventh-year veteran Tracy Porter in free agency, and coach Jay Gruden said he likely will serve as nickelback.

Biggers said he didn’t receive specifics on his role, but added, “whatever they need, I’ll be ready.”

Washington also has young cornerbacks Richard Crawford and Chase Minnifield on the roster, but Crawford still is recovering from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee – an injury that cost him all of his second season – and Minnifield spent the bulk of last season on the practice squad. Washington also could look to the draft to further strengthen the cornerback position.

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Mike Jones · March 27, 2014