By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The Redskins traded disappointing fourth-year wide receiver Taylor Jacobs to the San Francisco 49ers last night for cornerback Mike Rumph.
The trade addresses two immediate concerns for the Redskins: depth and injuries at cornerback.
The Redskins signed defensive back Kenny Wright in the offseason, but Wright was fooled on a 52-yard flea flicker to T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the second quarter on Sunday in Cincinnati and was beaten by Chris Henry on a fade pattern for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Veteran cornerback Shawn Springs, who started against the Bengals, saw a leg specialist yesterday to examine his sore pelvic area, which hampered him during the final month of the 2005 season and caused him to miss the Redskins' first playoff game against Tampa Bay.
Cornerback Ade Jimoh missed Sunday's game in Cincinnati with a sternum injury.
Rumph, 26, a 2002 first-round draft pick from Miami, has been beset by injuries and has played just five games over the past two seasons. A torn foot muscle forced him to miss 13 games in 2005.
"We talked to our guys, and a number have been around him," Coach Joe Gibbs said. "The guys said we were really going to like him."
Rumph, who missed four tackles in the 49ers' 28-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Friday night, has played safety and cornerback; Gibbs said Rumph will be used as a corner.
The trade closes a chapter on Jacobs, 25, for whom the Redskins carried high expectations but received low results.
Jacobs was often injured and, when he had an opportunity last season after James Thrash and David Patten were hurt, he did not produce.
With the offseason additions of Antwaan Randle El and Brandon Lloyd, Jacobs was sinking on the depth chart, and instead of showing the Redskins' coaches what he could do in live action on Sunday, Jacobs sat on the sideline with a hip flexor.
"I had a great talk today with Taylor," Gibbs said. "Nobody could think any higher of a player than we think of Taylor. He's a great guy, with a great work ethic and I told him I hope he does great out there."